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English Setter


English Setter Facts

  • Group
  • Sporting
  • Affiliations
  • Height
  • 24" - 25"
  • Weight
  • 50-70 lbs.
  • Lifespan
  • 12 years | Add yours

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  • Exercise Requirement
  • High - This breed requires vigorous daily activity
  • Training Requirement
  • Average Training Time
  • Grooming Requirement
  • Moderate
  • Colors
    • White / Black
    • White / Orange
    • White / Yellow
    • White / Liver
    • Tri-color (white/tan/black)
  • Breed Characteristics
    • Good with children
    • Hunting heritage
    • Should sleep indoors

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Alternate Names

none known


The English setter originated in Great Britain.

Date Of Origin

This breed developed in the 1600's.


There is evidence that the English Setter originated in crosses of the Spanish Pointer, large Water Spaniel, and Springer Spaniel, which combined to produce an excellent bird dog with a high degree of proficiency in finding and pointing game in open country. These dogs have been developed in two lines: one for show and one for work, with the show dog being larger and heavier than the field dog.


The English setter is a large muscular dog with medium length, drop ears, a black or dark brown nose, and dark brown eyes. There is a long, lean head and a long tail that is straight and tapers to a fine point. The long straight coat had feathering on the legs, ears, chest, belly and tail. The color can be white and orange, white with black markings, tricolor, lemon and white, and liver and white.


Although both the field and show dog are good natured, mild and friendly dogs, the field type is more active. Both love the out doors and get along with most everyone, including children. The field type is especially well suited to hunting.


The setter, as its name indicates, takes a half sitting stance, to indicate the presence of game to the hunter. Among its most valuable of gifts is its exceptional sense of smell, which allows it to sent game even hours after it has gone by. Besides this the English setter is fast, tireless, active vigorous, and adapted to any terrain, even wetlands. It can be used for all kinds of hunting but it works best for its own master.

Health Concerns

Allergies, deafness,hip and elbow dysplasia, hypothyroidism.

Additional Information

Contrary to popular belief, the three setters ? English, Gordon, and Irish ? are not merely representatives of different colors or varieties within one "setter" heading but are in fact three separate breeds.

Show Sources & Contributors +


The Howell Book Of Dogs

Publisher: Wiley Publishing Inc, 2007

Website: http://www.wiley.com/WileyCDA/

Author: Liz Palika

Dog Bible

Publisher: BowTie Press, 2005

Website: http://www.bowtiepress.com/bowtie/

Authors: Kristin Meuh-Roe, Jarelle S. Stein

Simon & Schusters Guide to Dogs

Publisher: Simon & Schuster inc, 1980

Website: http://www.simonandschuster.com

Author: Elizabeth Meriwether Schuler

The New Encyclopedia of the Dog

Publisher: Dorling Kindersley Publishing, 2000

Website: http://www.dk.com

Author: Bruce Fogle

The All Breed Dog Grooming Guide

Publisher: Aaronco, 2002

Website: http://www.aaroncopet.com

Author: Sam Kohl


Publisher: WikiMedia Foundation, On Going

Website: http://en.wikipedia.org/

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