Erstwhile this hunter dog breed was called the “Setting dogges”. It was mainly used to set or point at birds during hunting. 400 years ago, the Setter was a predominant hunting dog along with the Spaniels and Pointers. There are many art works dating back to 15th century, where references of Setters are found. The modern day Setter was developed in the 19 century by Laverack and Llewellin. Nowadays, this mischievous sporting dog has become more of a companion dog that easily mixes up with each and every member of its family and adapts to the home environment within a very short time span.
Super cool, stylish and highly active, an English Setter can attract any onlooker with its sweet gestures. This attention seeker though stubborn, is equally sensitive and expects a lot of pampering from its family. It is friendly with strangers and remains quiet indoors. Obedience and socialization skills need to be inculcated in them from childhood.
- Activity level: 4/5 (athletic and quite active)
- Intelligence level: 3/5 (intelligent and easy to train)
- Curiosity: 3.5/5 (bit curious and instinct driven)
- Friendliness: 4/5 (friendly even with strangers)
- Vocal: 2/5 (quiet indoors but can bark loudly)
The medium-sized cute English Setter is 2 to 3 feet tall at the shoulder. Its flat attractive coat is its charm. The coat is generally white with intermingled dark hair all over the body known as flecks or speckling. The show dogs have along flowy coat and the hunting dogs have a short coat.
- Fur: The coat is flat without curls or woolliness. A long outlining of hair called feathering lies everywhere, making it look denser and prettier. Coat colour includes blue, lemon, orange or brown with speckling’s.
- Eyes: Expressive dark coloured hazel eyes make the English Setter look gentle and kind.
- Body structure: The dog has an athletic frame with muscular neck, wide chest, well angled shoulders and strong legs. The tail should be long to reach the hock.
- Facial features: The ears are positioned in line with eyes and lie in an elegant fold. The nose is brown or black in colour with wide nostrils.
- Weight: Males weigh 65 to 80 pounds and females 45 to 55 pounds.
The English setter needs to be checked for hip and elbow dysplasia, deafness, hypothyroidism and ear infection during every medical check-up. Eye tests like CERF, audiometric tests, genetic DNA tests, OFA clearance tests for hip and elbow loosening should be performed on a regular basis. With plenty of treatment facilities, the average life span of the English Setter can be increased from 11 years to more.
Being more than average shedder, the English Setter needs professional assistance for grooming. The coat needs to be brushed and groomed at least thrice a week. It needs a good bath once in six weeks to stay odour free. Brushing its teeth regularly and trimming nails once in a fortnight keeps its safe from scratches and injuries. 2 to 3 cups of high quality dog food divided into 2 equal portions is required to keep it fit and fine.
We have gathered this information from our breeders based on their experience with this breed. However, remember that each animal is different with its own personality and needs (just like people!), so use this information wisely.
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