Gordon Setters, like many other hunting breeds have been bred for field trials, hunting, and dog shows. Make sure you get the right type of dog that will suit your needs. A grouse hunter will not be happy with a big running field trial dog and the field trial competitor will not be happy with a dog that does not have enough speed and range to compete. Describe your dream dog to breeders and hopefully one will have the perfect pup for you. You will have your Gordon for about 13 - 14 yrs. so make sure you get the right one.