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English Setter Dog Breed Facts and English Setter Information

Updated on July 24, 2012

The History of the English Setter

English Setters are the oldest of the four Setter breeds dating back at least to the 14'th century, but it wasn't until the year of 1873 that the highly distinctive English Setter dog was registered with the British Kennel Club from the help of a man by the name Edward Laverack.

Edward Laverack had setter pedigrees tracing back to the 1860s, and he knew that it was the Setters in which he wanted to create high quality hunting dogs from. Laverack was so determined that he did just that through interbreeding, and today it is from Laveracks English Setters that the current strain of English Setters in Great Britian predominantly trace back to.

When it comes to the creation of the American and North America strains of English Setter they were mostly started by Mr. R. L. Purcell Llewel who used Mr. Laveracks best dogs and crossed them with the blood of English Setters from two other strains from Mr. Slatter and Sir Vincent Corbet's English Setters. In time the strain that Purcell Llewel bred would be known as the Duke-Kate-Rhobes strain. Mr. R. L. Purcell Llewel would show that his dogs were and would remain unsurpassed in field trials to prove that his canines were truly the highest quality type of English Setters in the world.

The English Setter Appearance

Coats and English Setter Dog Grooming Requirements

English Setters have medium long featherd coats that come in wide range of colors from blue belton which is white with black often speckled or displaying freckled like markings, orange belton, lemon belton, tricolour which is blue belton with a tan muzzle, legs, and around the eyes, and liver belton.

Quick English Setter Facts on Grooming -

  1. English Setters are often times more prone to skin allergies in relation to other dog breeds.
  2. English Setters require roughly 10 minutes of brushing at least ever other day of the week.
  3. It's important to remember not to over bathe your Setter, since bathing dogs too much strip them of their natural oil in their hair which is vital for a healthy looking English Setter.

The English Setter Body Frame and Build

Much like their close relatives the Irish Setters, English Setters have large rib cages that significantly slope up to noticeably small thin waists; this characteristic is so prominent that it's even apparent beneath their high coverage coats that definitely hide much of their lean body frames.

English Setter Height and Weight

Male English Setters tend to weigh in around 45 pounds to 70 pounds. Their height ranges on an average of 25 inches to 27 inches at the withers. Like most dog breeds female English Setters are usually slightly smaller than the males of their breed of dogs. Healthy English Setter bitches come in around 40 pounds to 65 pounds in weight; these gundogs can however from time to time weigh out of their average weight zone and still be considered completely healthy dogs. Bitches typically measure 24 inches to 25 inches in height.

And for those readers who are British, Irish, or European (and etc...) the average English Setter height and weight measurements are 60 to 68 cm and 18.1 to 31.7 kg.

The English Setter Eyes and Facial Appearance

This breed of dog has a variety of eye colours that come in practically most colours and shades you can think of which range from yellows, hazels, bright blues, solid browns, to amber browns. Their eyes tend are often considered neither deeply set nor prominent.

English Setter Health & English Setter Life Expectancy

English Setters are generally a very healthy breed of dogs, however like most purebred dogs they are however from time to time prone to certain health complications, disorders, and diseases. Specifically to name a few English Setters are at higher risk for the following.

  1. Skin allergies are one of the more common health related disturbances that these sporting dogs occasionally display, which I stated earlier in this article.
  2. Like many large dog breeds it's slightly more common for not only English Setters but Irish Setters and Gordon Setters to have Canine Hip Dysplasia. If you make sure to feed your dog a healthy diet that isn't too high in calories and if your dog has adequate amounts of exercise that is a definite require for this breed, then it becomes less of a chance for English Setter to acquire Canine Hip Dysplasia. If looking into buying your English Setter puppy or puppies from English Setter breeders it's important to ask if their Setters have any family history of Hip Dysplasia, since this Canine Hip Dsyplasia has many genetic factors that lead to the cause of it as well.
  3. Canine Hypothyroidism is also a somewhat more common within this breed of sporting dogs.
  4. Autoimmune thyroiditis is quite common with the English Setter dog.

English Setter Ownership and Care

Could an English Setter be the right type dog for you?

English Setters are not the dog breed for everyone, however there are still a number of people and families out there that this wonderful breed of sporting dogs does suit. Here are a few things that you might want to make sure to see if you should add an English Setter to your household before searching and investing too much time in English Setter ownership.

1. English Setters require preferably country living out on open land or at least very spacious suburban life.

2. The English Setter dog breed needs considerable levels of exercise on a daily basis. Their daily exercise requirements can be met and accomplished through long daily walks, jogs, or better yet both. These sporting dogs make excellent companions for those who live active lifestyles and enjoy the outdoors and in particularly hunting wild game. Of course another option for English Setter exercise is simply playing thorough games of catch or Frisbee with your dog on open land or the park for example.

3. Are you willing to supply your English Setter puppy or new English Setter rescue dog with the proper level of mental stimulation, social companionship, and training? If not, perhaps looking into another breed of dog that fits your daily lifestyle and routine would be the better option for you. If you can however care for your English Setter through daily requirements, than your English Setter will undoubtedly more than return the favor with reliability, loyalty, and pure love.

4. Grooming is a must for these gundogs in order for them to stay healthy and happy, since actual serious health conditions can occur if their grooming needs are not met. Plus, grooming your English Setter makes a wonderful way to improve your relationship with you and your English Setter puppy or dog.

English Setter Temperament and Dog Training

The English Setter dogs are reliable dogs that are in particularly trustworthy and calm around children and are commonly know for being "Gentlemen by Nature." These affectionate canines have the best of both worlds when it comes down to making wonderful family pets and A+ gundogs out on the field. Though they are high energy dogs outside, English Setter are calm and surprisingly couch potatoes when inside the home. They are known from time to time to be a bit on the mischievous side though if bored and not properly kept an eye on especially as puppies.

When it comes to training and obedience dog training with this people oriented breed besides herding English Setters can practically perform any task that they are properly taught to do. English Setters also tend to be easier to train than their close relatives the Irish Setters.


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