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English Setter

EnglishSetter

An Agile & Lively Spotted Dog

Gentle, elegant, affectionate

English Setters are athletic, easygoing, and dependable, medium-sized dogs. These setters are sensitive and require extra attention, but are great with children and families. This breed does not do well when isolated in a yard or kennel, so they make great companions for families, retirees, and those who enjoy the outdoors. This breed is too big and energetic for compact city living. These athletic dogs require at least an hour of vigorous exercise every day.

Understanding their unique needs will help keep them healthy and create a strong bond between the two of you. Explore this page to learn more about the breed’s history, health concerns, characteristics, and care needs.

Breed Details

Height:24-26 in. Weight:50-65 lb Lifespan:10-12 years

Size
4

1=small 5=large

Grooming requirements
3

1 = little grooming - 5 = much grooming

Energy level
4

1 = low energy - 5 = high energy

Ease of training
3

1 = difficult - 5 = easy

Affection toward owners
4

1 = independent - 5 = very affectionate

Friendliness toward strangers
5

1 = shy - 5 = very friendly

Routine Care: English Setters are not well suited for city living; they require daily exercise and room to run.

Grooming: Brush their coat at least weekly.

Dental: English Setters generally have good teeth, and you can keep them perfect by brushing them at least twice a week.

Ear Care: Clean their ears weekly, even as a puppy. Don’t worry—your veterinarian can show you how!


English Setters prefer to stay away from the city. Although affectionate and docile, they have high exercise requirements.

Positive Traits:

• Energetic, active, and athletic

• Highly active and eager to have a purpose

• Affectionate, easygoing, and lovable

• Docile and devoted

• Even temper and gentle disposition

• Lively, with a friendly personality

Negative Traits:

• Requires vigorous, frequent exercise and space to run

• Coat requires regular brushing and grooming

• Early obedience training and socialization is recommended

• Needs frequent attention from their family

• Barks when suspicious strangers or dogs come around





Whether you are considering adding a new English Setter to your family or you already have one as a companion, it is important for you to know about the genetically linked diseases known to occur more often in this breed. Of course not every English Setter will have these problems, but research shows your pal is more at risk than other breeds. 

By exploring the health concerns specific to the English Setter you will become a knowledgeable and confident pet parent. Be sure to speak with your veterinarian about breed risks every time you visit and educate yourself on the most important signs to watch for at home. They're counting on you to be their health expert. 

Some health issues an English Setter could encounter:

The English Setter was developed in England over 400 years ago to locate game, then to crouch (or "set") until the game was netted by the hunter. When guns became more widely used, an upright pointing stance was bred into the Setter. This bird-hunting breed performs well in the field, as well as a companion, show, or agility dog. They are affectionate, lively, and easy going. Setters like to be with people, need room to run, and are not well-suited for compact city living. They are active, and require exercise. The English Setter has an average lifespan of 10-12 years.

Consult with a veterinarian if your English Setter shows signs of the following:

  • Excessive licking or chewing, pawing at face and/or ears, head shaking, face rubbing

  • Redness, squinting or greenish eye discharge

  • Cloudiness to eye lens

  • General reluctance to run or play

  • Weakness and excessive clumsiness in the rear legs

  • Increased blinking, extra tears and squinting

  • Drooping or outward rolling eyelid, red eye(s)

  • New or changing lumps or bumps, itchy or not

  • Greasy, hairless patches on skin and redness in ears

  • Dilated pupils in daylight, or increased "eye shine" at night


  • Care

    Routine Care: English Setters are not well suited for city living; they require daily exercise and room to run.

    Grooming: Brush their coat at least weekly.

    Dental: English Setters generally have good teeth, and you can keep them perfect by brushing them at least twice a week.

    Ear Care: Clean their ears weekly, even as a puppy. Don’t worry—your veterinarian can show you how!


  • Characteristics

    English Setters prefer to stay away from the city. Although affectionate and docile, they have high exercise requirements.

    Positive Traits:

    • Energetic, active, and athletic

    • Highly active and eager to have a purpose

    • Affectionate, easygoing, and lovable

    • Docile and devoted

    • Even temper and gentle disposition

    • Lively, with a friendly personality

    Negative Traits:

    • Requires vigorous, frequent exercise and space to run

    • Coat requires regular brushing and grooming

    • Early obedience training and socialization is recommended

    • Needs frequent attention from their family

    • Barks when suspicious strangers or dogs come around





  • Health Concerns

    Whether you are considering adding a new English Setter to your family or you already have one as a companion, it is important for you to know about the genetically linked diseases known to occur more often in this breed. Of course not every English Setter will have these problems, but research shows your pal is more at risk than other breeds. 

    By exploring the health concerns specific to the English Setter you will become a knowledgeable and confident pet parent. Be sure to speak with your veterinarian about breed risks every time you visit and educate yourself on the most important signs to watch for at home. They're counting on you to be their health expert. 

    Some health issues an English Setter could encounter:

  • History

    The English Setter was developed in England over 400 years ago to locate game, then to crouch (or "set") until the game was netted by the hunter. When guns became more widely used, an upright pointing stance was bred into the Setter. This bird-hunting breed performs well in the field, as well as a companion, show, or agility dog. They are affectionate, lively, and easy going. Setters like to be with people, need room to run, and are not well-suited for compact city living. They are active, and require exercise. The English Setter has an average lifespan of 10-12 years.

  • Watch Out For

    Consult with a veterinarian if your English Setter shows signs of the following:

    • Excessive licking or chewing, pawing at face and/or ears, head shaking, face rubbing

    • Redness, squinting or greenish eye discharge

    • Cloudiness to eye lens

    • General reluctance to run or play

    • Weakness and excessive clumsiness in the rear legs

    • Increased blinking, extra tears and squinting

    • Drooping or outward rolling eyelid, red eye(s)

    • New or changing lumps or bumps, itchy or not

    • Greasy, hairless patches on skin and redness in ears

    • Dilated pupils in daylight, or increased "eye shine" at night


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