English Setter

The English Setter is an elegant gun dog who is built for both speed and stamina. They have long, silky feathering on their chest, legs and tail and a face framed by floppy ears that you will fall in love with. Their large, dark brown eyes that give you a hint of their sensitive and sweet personality.

Other Names
Setter
Country of Origin
England
Colour
The English Setter's coat is so special there's a term just for it, 'belton'! Belton refers to the speckled or flecked coat colour. The base colour tends to be white, with flecks of black, known as blue belton, lemon, orange, liver or tricolour, which is a mix of blue with liver or tan, or tan belton.
Size
Large
Height / Weight
Bitches measure between 61 – 65cms at the withers and weigh around 27kgs. Dogs measure between 65 – 68cms and weigh around 28.5kgs.
Health
The English Setter tends to be a healthy breed and if you start with a healthy puppy the risk of conditions they can have should be minimised. An active breed, the English Setter can be prone to hip dyplasia and PRA though breeders are actively screening for these condition. The English Setter can also be prone to skin disorders and some cancers.
Life Span
Apx 14 years
Intelligence
The English Setter is an intelligent and happy dog which is eager to please and usually easy enough to train. That being said they can have a mind of their own and you should start obedience training early.
Exercise
Medium
Suitability (Children)
High
Feeding

The English Setter is an undemanding dog when it comes to food. They don't have any special dietary requirements and generally have a good appetite.

Feeding Cost
$15-$20 p/w
Other Cost
Excercise
The English Setter is a very active and energetic dog. Originally a gun dog the Setter can sometimes wander so please keep an eye on them and have a well-fenced garden so they don't disappear!
Ailments
The English Setter tends to be a healthy breed and if you start with a healthy puppy the risk of conditions they can have should be minimised. An active breed, the English Setter can be prone to hip dyplasia and PRA though breeders are actively screening for these condition. The English Setter can also be prone to skin disorders and some cancers.
Hair Shed
Moderate
Grooming

The English Setter has a stunning coat but it will need a reasonable amount of grooming to maintain. Trimming of the ears, and between their pads will help prevent infection from lack of air. The feathering will also need special attention to ensure it doesn't tangle or matt, though a show dog will require extra special care to get it show ready!

Grooming Frequency
More than once a week
Trimming
Occasional
The English Setter can trace their origins back to the 1500s when it was used as a bird dog. There are different variations on the breeds history. Old writings have suggested the English Setter arose from a mix of Spanish land spaniels, while another version supposes the the breed arose from the Old Water Spaniel, the Spanish Pointer and the early Springer. Evidence suggests that spaniels and setters were distinct over that period and crosses couldn't have occurred. The person most often credited with the advent of the breed is Edward Laverack, starting with two pure dogs he was able to produce the canine that formed the breed today.The breed has grown in popularity since the English Setter was shown in 1859.


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