Gordon Setters are usually quite passive and seem happy lying around sleeping
all day. However, when out on a walk they are frisky and in the
countryside seem to be able to run for hours. They require 60 to 80
minutes of exercise a day, though care must be taken not to
over-exercise young dogs (under 18 months) to avoid joint problems in
later life. Gordons in particular are sensitive but kindly, and need
gentle but firm handling. Any nervous tendencies can be cured by early
socialization, which is very important.