Setters are often said to be stupid. In reality, however, they are
very intelligent in being able to figure out how to get out of
enclosures and the like. The perception of stupidity probably relates
to their fairly contemptuous attitude towards conventional dog
obedience. Gordon Setters are intensely loyal to their owners but can
take a few minutes to warm to strangers. They are good family dogs,
laid-back and loving, though not recommended with small children as
they can be boisterous.