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Group: AKC Sporting Dog Group,
KCGB Gundog Group
Also Known As: Laverack Setter, Lawerack Setter, Llewellin Setter, Llewellyn Setter
AKC Ranking: 98
About English Setter
Country of Origin, History of the breed
Origin and History of the Breed
The first setters were a cross of a Spanish
pointer with a French pointer in France
in about 1500. The English Setter was developed
in the early 1800s by Sir Edward Laverack
and many of the show dogs are from the Laverack
Setter line. A famous hunting strain was
developed by Llewellin and called the Llewellin
The word ‘setter’
means ‘almost sitting’ which refers
to the position of the dog when he has discovered
game. The English Setter is quick, energetic and
quiet. He has an excellent nose for game. His coat
keeps him comfortable in all types of weather.
The English Setter is a hunter,
tracker, retriever, and pointer. He is good in obedience
and agility. And he makes a good watchdog.
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A General Appearance of
The English Setter has the typical
setter profile with a coat that is white with speckles.
The setter profile is tall, long and lean. It has
a deep, but not wide chest with more fur than the
rest of the body. The head of the English setter
is long and the muzzle is about half the total head
length and somewhat square with a black nose. The
ears hang down but are not any more furry than the
rest of the body. The eyes have a sweet and interested
expression and are usually hazel in color. The tail
is up making a curve that ends about the same height
as the top of the head. The tail, ears, legs and
underside are well feathered. This is a very striking
and elegant dog.
The field type is a bit smaller
and lighter than the show type. Field types are
also much more active than show types.
The coat is what all over and
then has speckling of blue, lemon, orange, or brown.
The speckling may be more or less heavy and the
markings can be of any size. Some dogs are tri-colored
– blue, white, and brown.
These dogs have long hair which
is flat, silky, and a bit wavy.
Males: 24 - 27 inches
Females: 23 – 26 inches
Males: 55 – 80 lbs
Females: 45 – 70 lbs
Do not overfeed these dogs as
they tend to gain weight easily. They need to look
Temperament of the Dog
The English Setter has a sweet
personality. He is gentle with children and makes
a great companion dog for families or singles. This
is an overly friendly dog, but he will bark to announce
the arrival of all of his perceived ‘friends.’
The English Setter is extremely active with the
field setters being more active than the show setters.
An English Setter enjoys lots
of companionship with people and other dogs. Running,
leaping, sniffing, roaming, and retrieving are greatly
enjoyed several times a day. It loves to play with
other dogs and is happy getting exercise in this
way. A fenced dog park is a good option if you do
not have other dogs or cannot arrange ‘play
dates’ with people who have similarly sized,
energetic dogs like setters, retrievers, or pointers.
English Setters are roamers, so
a secure fence is necessary. The fence may have
to be six feet as they are also jumpers and it may
need re-inforcement at the base as they are diggers.
The English Setter can be quite vocal, so must be
taught early in life when to bark and how to be
quiet when told. (A few are droolers but not as
much as Mastiffs.)
Better suited to an indoor
or outdoor lifestyle?
The English Setter likes to live
inside with the family but go outside often for
a play time.
Are they suited to homes
English Setters are good dogs
for homes with children as they are gentle and love
children. They are tolerant, almost placid. Mild-mannered
and sensitive, they ‘mother’ children.
However, they want lots of active exercise outdoors.
English Setters can be willful,
even stubborn, so starting obedience training early
and continuing for about two years with periodic
re-inforcement for the life of the dog is necessary.
Housetraining can be difficult with setters. Never
be harsh with this sensitive breed.
How active is the Breed?
English Setters are a very active
breed throughout their lives. If not sufficiently
exercised, they will be hard to handle. They are
very rambunctious and love to run outdoors.
This breed is not recommended for
This dog needs to run free in
a safe area (huge field with not roads close by
or a large fenced area) every day. Long, brisk,
daily walks are absolutely necessary if runs are
not an option. Dog parks are a good option. Play
dates with other dogs in fenced yards will be greatly
English Setter’s coats only
need occasional brushing and combing. The slickness
helps them not to get burs and mats as easily as
many other dogs; however, if they are in tall grass
and underbrush, their coat should be checked. Be
sure to use monthly flea and tick preventive.
They shed twice yearly and need
extra brushing at those times.
Trim the feet (especially the
bottom) and clip the nails monthly.
Baths are needed from time to
Do not overfeed the English Setter.
He tends to gain weight easily. He should remain
thin so that his ribs can be felt (and seen).
Hip dysplasia is about the only
genetic problem of this breed.
Breeding the Dog and any
The female English Setter is prone
to false pregnancies.
Litter Size: 6
Life Span: 10-12
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National Breed Clubs
British – English Setter
Association – www.englishsetterassociation.co.uk
US – English Setter Association of America
Other Recognition: CKC,
FCI, AKC, UKC, KCGB, ANCK, NKC, NZKC, APRI, ACR
Rescue Link: www.esaa.com/rescue.html
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