English Setter

English setters were developed in England during the 1800s. Bred for field hunting, they were used to point and retrieve birds in the moors. English setters were not named until 1825, when Edward Laverack began breeding them to create specimens for showing, and he developed the dogs into the English setters that appear in the show rings today. Another English setter breeder by the name of Purcell Llewellin set out to create perfected field hunters, which became known as Llewellin setters. In 1884, the American Kennel Club recognized the English setter as a member of the sporting group.

The English Setter is an athletic dog breed that shows great levels of endurance when it comes to running. Its white coat is flat and soft with spots of color. Its coat needs moderate grooming with frequent brushing and occasional clipping. Clad in a medium-length, silky and wavy coat, the English setter is an elegant hunting dog. Its lean physique stands 24 to 25 inches tall at the shoulder and weighs 50 to 65 pounds. The coat is white with interspersed darker hairs that create a patterned look known as belton. These hairs may be blue, orange, lemon, liver or tricolor. The hair is feathered on the tail, abdomen, chest, ears and legs. The muzzle is square and long. The ears are covered with silky locks and hang downward, and the tail is long, straight and tapered. Personality: The English Setter is a friendly, calm sweet-natured dog that loves to run and roam. It needs plenty of exercise on a daily basis, otherwise they will get bored and hyper. They are good with children and strangers and get along well with other dogs. The English setter is an amicable dog that gets along well with other dogs, children and strangers. The affectionate English setter thrives on human companionship. The English setter's alertness makes for an effective watchdog. The breed is highly energetic, athletic and playful, needing daily exercise, interactive play and mental stimulation. They are not good candidates for apartment living. English setters are challenging to housebreak, and training is best accomplished by an authoritative figure.

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Breed Type
Pure
Origin
Europe
Family
Function
Life Span
10-14 Years
Hypoallergenic
No
Other Names
Laverack setter, English Setter

English Setter Build Information

Size
Medium
Length (Male)
22-27 in.
Length (Female)
22-24 in.
Weight
41 - 65 lbs
Litter Size
5 - 10 Puppies
Tail Dock or Crop
No
Preferred Climate
Any Climate

The English Setter is an athletic dog breed that shows great levels of endurance when it comes to running. Its white coat is flat and soft with spots of color. Its coat needs moderate grooming with frequent brushing and occasional clipping. Clad in a medium-length, silky and wavy coat, the English setter is an elegant hunting dog. Its lean physique stands 24 to 25 inches tall at the shoulder and weighs 50 to 65 pounds.

The coat is white with interspersed darker hairs that create a patterned look known as belton.

These hairs may be blue, orange, lemon, liver or tricolor. The hair is feathered on the tail, abdomen, chest, ears and legs. The muzzle is square and long. The ears are covered with silky locks and hang downward, and the tail is long, straight and tapered.

Behaviour and Personality

Kid Friendliness
Affection Level
Activity Level
Energy Level
Independant
Good to Other Pets
Dominating or Submissive?
Guardian Skills
Barking
Aggressiveness Level

The English Setter is a friendly, calm sweet-natured dog that loves to run and roam. It needs plenty of exercise on a daily basis, otherwise they will get bored and hyper. They are good with children and strangers and get along well with other dogs. The English setter is an amicable dog that gets along well with other dogs, children and strangers. The affectionate English setter thrives on human companionship.

The English setter's alertness makes for an effective watchdog.

The breed is highly energetic, athletic and playful, needing daily exercise, interactive play and mental stimulation. They are not good candidates for apartment living. English setters are challenging to housebreak, and training is best accomplished by an authoritative figure.

Appearance

Colors
Blue Lemon Light Brown Orange White
Shedding
Moderate
Grooming
Medium Maintenance
Coat Type
Feathered

An English setter's coat should be brushed two to three times each week to prevent tangling and matting and to remove dead hairs. Professional trimming every 4 to 6 weeks will keep the coat tidy. Clean the ears as needed and keep them dry to prevent infections. Brushing the teeth at least three times each week will significantly reduce the chances for developing periodontal disease.

Breed's Talents and Facts

Training
Easy
Hunting Companion
Yes
Jolly for Jogging
Yes
Sighting Capabilities
No
Ideal for Tracking
Yes
Retrieving Skills
Yes
Pointing Breed
Yes
Herding Skills
No
Dutiful Watchdog
Yes
Security Guard Capable
No
Police Performer
No
Wet Water rescues
No
Assist Disable Owners
No
Dog Sledding
No
Able to Perform Dog Carting
No
Agile/Zippy
Yes
Fun with Lure Coursing
No
Obedient
No
Possible Schutzhund Work
No
Trainable for Tricks
No
  • Whether you are an avid hunter or outdoor enthusiast, the English setter's vivacious energy, hunting abilities and playful demeanor will make for a perfect companion
  • The English setter originated in England
  • The English setter is also called a Laverack setter
  • The English setter is a skilled hunting dog and a loving family companion
  • The English setter stands 24 to 25 inches tall and weighs 50 to 65 pounds
  • English setters have a high energy level
  • English setters require moderate grooming
  • The average lifespan for an English setter is 10 to 14 years

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Common Health Conditions in English Setters

English setters live an average lifespan of 10 to 14 years. Some inherited conditions to watch for in this breed include hip and elbow dysplasia, osteochondritis dissecans, deafness, progressive retinal atrophy, hypothyroidism and epilepsy.

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