This was a one man hunting dog. The dog worked in close quarters with his master and only his master. This is the only hunting dog known to have been deveoped in Scotland. It is thought that many similar dogs existed there for hundreds of years, the Duke of Gordon solidified what the breed became in the early 19th Century.
This breed doesn’t move with the speed that other setters do, instead taking the time to consider the situation, rather than just reacting. They can get distracted as they look over situations, though. They are protective of their families (both human and canine). They tend to do well with children.