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English Setter

English Setter

English Setter

English Setter dogs also known as Laveracks, Llewellins, or simply Setters are gentle and people oriented sporting dogs that originated in England. In earlier times, they were used as trained bird dogs for hunting upland game birds. They are considered as one of the oldest gundogs.

While hunting, they crouch down to an almost sitting posture when they discover game. Hence, the name English “Setter” has been derived from this interesting trait of these dogs.

Similar to English Setter dogs, the Irish Setter, Black and Tan Gordon Setter, Irish Red and White Setter etc are certain other dog breeds belonging to the Setter family.

Physical Appearance

Appearance-wise, English Setter dog breed can be described as a medium sized, strong and athletic dog breed possessing a great deal of agility and endurance. These dogs are typically long and lean in build.

Their round eyes are large in size and dark brown in color. The nose has large nostrils set wide apart. It is generally black or brown in color. The low set feathered ears are moderate in size and slightly rounded at the tips.

Color: Some common English Setter colors are orange belton, lemon belton, blue belton, liver belton, tricolor etc.
Height: These dogs are generally 24 to 27 inches in height. Female English Setters are a bit shorter, that is, 23 to 26 inches in height.
Weight: The average weight of English Setter breed dogs ranges between 55 to 80 pounds whereas the bitches are usually 45 to 70 pounds in weight.

Health Problems

English Setter dogs are susceptible to Hip Dysplasia, Elbow Dysplasia, Hypothyroidism, Autoimmune Thyroiditis, Bloating, Congenital Deafness and other related dog diseases. Some are also prone to allergies, especially food allergies.

Life Expectancy: On an average, the English Setter life span is generally around 10 to 12 years.
Litter Size: The average English Setter litter size is usually about 6 to 8 puppies.

Grooming Requirements

The flat and medium length hair coat of an English Setter dogs requires regular grooming few times in a week, particularly in case of the dogs being used for show purposes.

The hair coats of English Setters being used for show purposes are heaver and longer than the hair coats of the ones being used for field purposes. The moderately shedding hair coat requires more care and attention during the shedding seasons.

In addition, trim the hair between paw pads from time to time. Also, clip his nails and clean his eyes and ears regularly to decrease the chances of developing infections. However, there is no need bathe or dry shampoo the dog frequently.


English Setter breed dogs are calm, quiet, affectionate, friendly, intelligent, sensitive and at times, willful in temperament. When left alone for longer periods of time, they prefer to utilize their time and energy in barking unnecessarily as a result of separation anxiety. They are usually exuberant and energetic outside but prefer to stay inactive indoors.

These dogs are excellent with children and seem to become their best buddies in no time. Similarly, these even tempered dogs are friendly and compatible with other pets too. The smart and intelligent English Setter dogs can be trained effectively for many tasks, except herding.

While training, do not try to use harsh training methods on these highly sensitive dogs. Instead, keep the dog’s sprits high by using positive reinforcements from time to time.  English Setter dogs have good watchdog abilities as well.

Key Points

To provide enough mental and physical stimulation to your English Setter, regularly take him out for daily, long brisk walks several times in a day. Plus, play interactive games with him and allow him sufficient space to run and play in at least a medium sized properly fenced yard.

Moreover, do not give in to the temptation of over feeding your beloved dog out of love, or else he may become obese. Obesity, in turn gives rise to several other health problems, not even in human but dogs as well.

English Setter dogs can be difficult to housebreak. These lively dogs requiring a great deal of activity and attention are usually not recommended for apartment situation and inexperienced first time dog owners.