- AKC recognized in 1884
- Life Expectancy: 12 years
- Size: Small
- Energy Level: Medium
- Recommended Crate Size: 36” dog crate*
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Originating from England, these dogs were bred to hunt for small birds. The English Setter dog is a part of the same family as other dog breeds like the Gordon Setter and Irish Setter.
The male dogs standing as tall as 25-27 inches while the females stand two inches shorter. Adult male English setters weigh between 65-80 pounds while the females weigh between 45-55 pounds.
The English Setter is elegant and friendly and known as the 'gentlemen' of dog breeds. Although they are friendly, supervising their interaction with children and other dogs is advised.
They bark only when necessary. They like to please their loved ones, so training with a reward system should work well with them.
There is a big debate whether the Purcell Llewellin Setter is a separate breed, or whether it is classified as an English Setter.
The American Kennel Club formally recognized the English Setter in 1884. These medium energy dogs are known as mellow, friendly, and merry with an agreeable temperament. They are gentle but they can also be mischievous and strong-willed at times.
Common health problems include hip dysplasia and elbow dysplasia.
The English Setter is a perfect balance of strength and grace with their symmetrical features. It owes its appearance to Edward Laverack.
They are a substantial and stylish dog breed, with strong legs and a firm top line.
The coat is well-feathered with long, flat hair. The hair is plentiful, but not too much to disturb their movements as a sporting dog.
They have an exclusive term for the speckled patterns, or 'ticking', of their coat: Belton. The colors of which appear in blue, chestnut, lemon, and orange. The tail is feathered with straight and silky hair.
Their eyes are dark brown and display a mellow, intelligent look. Their ears hang low at a moderate length and are also feathered.
It is recommended to provide dog food formulated to medium-sized breeds. It is highly recommended to discuss your dog’s feed with your veterinarian and/or breeder in order to determine the size and frequency of meals in order to ensure a healthy, long life. It is also important to ensure that clean, fresh water is always available.
Grooming an English Setter coat should be done weekly. Brushing and combing should be done two to three times a week where possible.
Seasonal shedding is expected, so prepare for tools that remove hair off of furniture and clothes. Be sure to check their ears for debris to prevent potential infection.
Nail trimming can be done using a clipper or grinder to prevent cracking and overgrowing. Take care of their mouth health by regularly brushing their teeth.
The English Setter is moderately active. They are playful and busy, but will also enjoy staying at home with family.
Give them daily exercise between 45 minutes to two hours to keep them healthy and happy. With their affable nature, they are easy to train and will normally get along with other pets.
The English Setter responds to gentle training well. There are some more sensitive among this breed, which requires early socialization to get them used to interact with strangers, other animals, and children. Especially considering this breed has a strong prey drive.
Pet Crate Size
Pet Crates Direct recommends 36” dog crates for most adult English Setters.
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