English Setter

Dog Breed Profile
English Setter

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• High energy level
• High exercise needs
• Moderately playful
• Very Affectionate
• Friendly towards other dogs
• Very friendly around other pets
• Very friendly around strangers
• Fairly easy to train
• Great watchdogs
• Not very protective
• Moderate grooming requirements
• Medium tolerance to heat
• Medium tolerance to cold


The English Setter is a great choice for families with children as these dogs have a calm and gentle disposition, also making them good companions for other dogs in the home. This dog breed may be athletic and high energy, but he thrives on living close to his family. His daily outdoor exercise will help to keep him from being overly-boisterous in the home.

His favorite form of exercise it running and hunting and he can do so at a tireless pace with his effortless trot. The English Setter has the look of a proud and dignified breed, and his elegance is obvious when he moves. He has the appearance of class, and this has made him a timeless choice for gentlemen hunters.

  • Best suited to being a part of the family as opposed to living outdoors
  • Health conditions that need to be tested for include hips, elbows, hearing and eyes
  • Grooming needs include brushing every two days and regular trims
  • The English Setter is a very affectionate and friendly, loving animal that can be easily trained
  • Has a great relationship with family members, young and old, not very protective but do make great watchdogs
  • The average size of a male is 60 to 65lbs and 25 inches tall
  • The average size of a female is 50 to 55lbs and 24 inches tall

Care & Health:

Be prepared to take this exquisite-looking dog for a walk or yard play each day for at least an hour. The English Setter is a social pet and needs to be indoors with his family when he’s not getting his exercise.

Be sure to brush him every couple days and he looks best with a trim every month or two.

Major Health Concerns:

–deafness, CHD, elbow dysplasia

Minor Health Concerns:

– PRA, OCD and occasionallyepilepsy

Test for:

–hips, elbows, hearing and eyes

Life Span:

– 10 to 14 years

Breed History:

The English Setter is a well-known breed that has been in existence for over 4 centuries. These dogs were originally used to locate and ‘set’ to allow the hunter to net the prey, a popular way to hunt until guns became more popular than nets.

It’s thought this breed has lineage from Spanish pointers, spaniels and even water-dogs, and in 1825 a breeder began to cultivate the pure setter. Another breeder eventually took these dogs, some 35 years later, and focused his dogs on field ability. The result was two beautiful and highly sought-after types of English Setters, Laverack and Llewellin, who were then sent to America as well. They are an easily recognizable breed, a tribute to their grace and beauty that are difficult to forget or overlook.

  • Family history is gundog, pointer, setter
  • Originally from England
  • First bred in the 1300’s
  • Original purpose was bird setting and retrieving
  • Today they are used for pointing, pointing field trials