The oldest British Setter type dog, in the 16th century, the breed was used in netting game birds. The breed was originally named the Laverack Setter after E. Laverack, a breeder from Shropshire County who modified and improved the breed from 1825 which was recognized in 1879.
The English Setter is a medium size breed and part of the Setter family, which includes the red Irish Setters, Irish Red and White Setters, and black-and-tan Gordon Setters. A gentle but at times strong-willed, mischievous gun dog, it was bred for a mix of endurance, athleticism and to hunt for game.
Grooming and Physical Needs
- Grooming Needs: Coat should be combed and brushed regularly to keep it in a good condition and free from matts, knots, etc.
- Coat Type: Slightly wavy, not curly, long and silky.
- Moulting: Moderate but contained with daily brushing.
- Exercise Needs: Regular exercise is very important, and they require an area that is fully fenced and escape proof. As they are very routine in their behaviour they will expect daily walks.
- Average Life Span: 14 years.
- Family: Ideal for the full range of young and old and ideal for families. They are never aggressive and will engage in short bursts of play followed by long periods of rest.
- Temperament: Friendly, good natured temperament, and generally have a laid back attitude.
- Trainability: Intelligent dogs that are easy to train but they can have minds of their own which has to be taken into account. Basic obedience training should begin as early as possible.
- Sociability (Other Pets): Good with other pets, it is strongly recommended that they are partnered with another English Setter or similarly behaved breed.
- Barking: Low tendency.
Very kind and gentle and very much in need or routine. Prefer to be inside and are desperate for human companionship.
Has been known to have had issues with hip dysplasia, hearing, skin disorders and PRA.