Thinking about purchasing an English Setter? Then read our breed profile including a brief description, information on height, weight, color, coat, temperament, grooming, activity and history. Purchasing a new puppy is a commitment that may last ten or more years so please educate yourself on the English Setter breed, including all stages of their life from puppy hood to older dog.
Ask yourself will I be a good owner? Do I have the time it takes to train a new puppy? Do I have the resources to give my new dog a rewarding life. Do I have a local veterinarian that I can take my new dog to? Do I have a groomer or can I do the grooming myself on a regular basis. Fundamental requirements for a being a good English Setter owner;
Before making a purchase talk to the breeder, ask them many questions about their dogs and the breed in general. A good breeder will teach you about the English Setter and they will have many questions for you about your home and life style and if this breed is suited for you and your family.
Questions you may want to ask an English Setter Breeder:
It is recommended that you sign a contract with the breeder so that there will be no misunderstandings on the arrangements made. Then bring home your new English Setter and enjoy as "there is no greater love then a dog's devotion."
English Setter Profile
The English Setter is one of the oldest breeds of gun dogs and has been a treasured bird retriever for the last four hundred years, at least. English Setters are a large, graceful dog with a lively sprit who will have unconditional devotion to their whole family. They have beautiful flowing coats with a glossy, aristocratic touch. Their bodies are leanly muscled, all white and with heavy ticking. They have dark brown eyes, long feathering fur and a long tail to add to their elegance. Newborn puppies are born white and after the first week begin to change in color. English Setters thrive on human companionship or with other dogs. They are very loyal, affectionate and slightly self-willed. They are good at "setting" when they see their prey. English Setters are good with children and can adapt to single family or kennel living. This breed needs a lot of exercise, but are mild and calm inside. They are active dogs, however, and the field version of the English Setter is slightly more active than the show version. English Setters are good at what they do, and love the outdoors. English Setters come in two varieties: show dogs and field dogs. The show dogs are about 25% larger than the field dog, carries the tail lower and has a more square muzzle.
Type: Gun Dog
24 - 25 inches; Males: 25 - 27 inches.
and white, orange and white, orange Belton, blue Belton, lemon and white, lemon
Belton, liver and white, liver Belton, or tri-colored (blue Belton and tan or
liver Belton and tan), those without heavy patches of color but flecked all
over are preferred. Some are all white. Belton is characterized by light or
dark ticking or roaning.
Setters are responsive and friendly. They are trainable, but with difficulty.
The English Setter may have a mind of its own, but is very loyal and dedicated
to family. They get along with everyone, including children. English Setters
love the outdoors, and can adapt to living with a family or living in a kennel.
They are quite sensitive, and do not respond well to harsh training. This breed
may not obey in fear that they will disappoint you if they do it wrong. They
are affectionate, good-natured and mild.
English Setter Care and Exercise:
Daily brushing of their silky coat. Extra grooming is needed
when English Setters shed. Bathe or dry shampoo when necessary. Trim hair on
feet and tails, check ears for any signs of infection. English Setters require
long daily walks or free space to run. English Setters are a good companion
to run along side a bicycle. Feed two or three small meals a day, as they are
prone to bloating.
Activity: Indoors - Low.
Outdoors - Very High.
English Setter Health Issues: Unfortunately, English Setters are prone to an inherited tendency of blindness. The whiter variety has more risk of developing allergies, skin conditions, and hip and elbow dysplasia. Other health concerns include hypothyroidism and deafness.
Life Span: 10 - 14 years.
Country of Origin:
First Registered by the AKC:
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