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English Setter

 

The English Setter is among the sweetest of setters, distinguished by its unusual speckled coat. They are elegant, athletic, goofy, and playful. Bred as companions and birddogs, one of these pups even spent time in the White House! President Hoover owned an English Setter.

Originally from England, this large and medium-energy breed can grow to between 45-80 pounds and lives an average of 10-12 years. The breed is recognized by the American Kennel Club and classified as a member of the Sporting group.

 

AKC RecognizedY
Breed's original pastimePointing, retrieving
OriginEngland
Breed groupSporting
Average lifespan10-12 years
SizeLarge
Bark factorModerate
AKC Ranking94
FamilyGundog, spaniel
Date of origin1300s
Original function Bird setting and retrieving
Today's functionPointing and retrieving
Average size of maleHeight: 25 Weight: 60-65
Average size of femaleHeight: 24 Weight: 50-55

 

Other nameNone
Energy level High energy
Exercise needs High
Playfullness Moderately playful
Affection level Very affectionate
Friendliness toward other dogs Friendly
Friendliness toward other pets Very friendly
Friendliness toward strangersVery friendly
Ease of training Moderately easy to train
Watchdog ability High
Protection ability Not very protective
Grooming needs Moderately maintenance
Cold tolerance Medium tolerance
Heat tolerance Medium tolerance

BEHAVIOR & TRAINING

WHAT IS AN ENGLISH SETTER'S PERSONALITY LIKE?

The English Setter is a friendly, calm, and cheerful dog. This breed is very affectionate and playful. They are dedicated and boisterous dogs while they're working or playing; at home, they're content to be by your side.

This is a great family dog but can be shy with younger children. They'll always do best when supervised with other dogs and children.

WHAT IS ENGLISH SETTER BEHAVIOR LIKE?

This is a somewhat active breed that will need rigorous daily exercise. They also crave human company, so don't leave your English Setter alone for too long!

These dogs are alert and vigilant but not particularly protective. English Setters can be somewhat prone to barking.

HOW EASY IS IT TO TRAIN AN ENGLISH SETTER?

This breed can be challenging to train; they tend to be somewhat stubborn. At the same time, English Setters are sensitive people-pleasers. They'll respond well to gentle, patient, consistent training techniques and positive reinforcement using food rewards. This breed excels at hunting and retrieving.

Be sure to socialize your English Setter pup early and often. This shouldn't be a hardship; these furry friends are fairly outgoing. They tend to be good canine citizens at dog parks.

CARE & HEALTH

HOW MUCH DO ENGLISH SETTERS SHED AND WHAT ARE THEIR GROOMING NEEDS?

Newborn English Setters have white coats. As adults, their feathered single coats are made up of long flowing hair. Their distinctive color pattern is known as belton markings, named for Belton, England.

English Setters are moderate, seasonal shedders who will need brushing every other day to prevent matting. Plan for baths about once a month.

WHAT HEALTH PROBLEMS DO ENGLISH SETTERS HAVE?

This is a generally healthy breed. Some English Setters can be susceptible to deafness and hip or elbow dysplasia. This breed loves to eat, so be mindful about meals and snacks.
Breed history has moved while this section is under construction. Please check out the first tab for fun facts about this breed's history. You can also read on to learn about this breed's ideal family situation.

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