English Setter Breed Summary
Calm, Gentle, Energetic, Intelligent and Athletic
English Setters are a very popular breed, particularly with families as they are extremely gentle and placid by nature! For this reason, they are a great choice for first-time owners! On top of this, their intelligence means that they are fairly easy to train.
They are also a very attractive breed, which alongside their sweet and kind personalities means they really do make wonderful pets.
Fun Fact: They used to be called Setting Spaniels!
|Kennel Club Group||Gundog|
|Lifespan||9 - 15 years|
|Height (at the withers)||Males 65cm - 69cm, Females 61cm - 65cm|
|Weight||Males 25kg - 36kg, Females 20kg - 23kg|
|Coat||Coats are Slightly Wavy, Long and Silky|
|Colour||Black & White, Black White & Tan, Blue & White, Blue Belton, Blue Belton & Tan, Lemon & White, Lemon Belton, Liver & White, Liver Belton, Liver White & Tan, Orange & White, Orange Belton, Tricolour|
|Eye colour||Hazel or Dark Brown|
|Common health issues||Hip Dysplasia|
These dogs have very nice temperaments, well-known for their calm and gentle ways making them fantastic family pets. They get on particularly well with other pets in the family and can potentially live with cats as well! However, they will need a fairly large home to run about in and a large garden to stretch their legs out in as they are a fairly large breed! They are a very high-energy dog and need plenty of exercise in order to remain fit and healthy. For this reason, they would more suit a family who already leads an active lifestyle, which a new dog could easily slot into! Additionally, if you're interested in dog sports, this is definitely the breed for you, as the English Setter's are fantastic competition formers.
These dogs are thought to be one of the oldest breeds of gun dog in the world! They date back to the 14th century and have undergone lots of development over hundreds of years. Originally, these guys were known as Setting Spaniels, bred to work on the rough and harsh terrain of the Moorlands, tracking down wold fowl for their 'humans'. The dogs would 'set' the birds, pointing at them with their paws and then once nets had been laid down, they were given the command to drive the birds into the net. Eventually, however, the use of nets became outdated and was replaced with the use of guns in the late 18th century and their names were changed to 'Setters'. They were mainly owned by the rich although there is no record of how these spaniels came about. It wasn't until the 19th century that these dogs were officially classed as a breed and nowadays, they are extremely popular with families across the world!