English Setter


A medium to large sized English Setter
English Setter Quick Summary
Also Known AsLaverack Setter
Height (at withers)23-27in (58-69cm)
Weight45-80lbs (20-36kg)
Hair Colour(s)Varies
Lifespan12-14 years
Energy LevelLow-medium
Litter size6-8
Barking TendencyLow
Exercise requirementsMedium
Ease of trainingLow
Suitability for kidsHigh
Animal compatabilityHigh
Aggression levelsLow
Distress if leftHigh

The English Setter is an elegant, sturdy long-bodied dog with well-sprung ribs, deep chest and widely spaced legs. The long head is held high with a pronounced frontal stop, fairly square muzzle, long pendant ears and oval shaped brown eyes. The tail is in line with the body and is held slightly upwards. The coat is long, dense and silky with a slight wave and comes in a variety of colour combinations, including black, white, brown and orange.


English Setters are friendly, gentle and good-natured dogs. They are devoted, affectionate, energetic and make good companions and family pets for those that can afford them plenty of time and exercise - these dogs do not like to be neglected and left for long periods of time. English Setters have good memories and are quick to learn, but they can also be stubborn, irresponsibly playful, display resistance and develop bad habits that can often be difficult to break. As a result they can be slow to housebreak. Despite all of this, their sweet nature means they are suitable for both novice and experienced dog owners. They get along well with older, more considerate children as they may be a little big for smaller kids, and they also get along well with other pets and even strangers due to their sociable dispositions.

History & Skills

English Setters actually originate from France, where they were first developed as hunting dogs in the 1500s by breeding Spanish and French Pointers. Three centuries later a breeder called Laverack developed these into the English Pointer, and so they are sometimes called Laverack Setters. Another breeder called Llewellin developed a second lineage, often called Llewellin Setters. These days they make good family pets but still retain their skills in retrieving, hunting, agility, watch dogging, and pointing.

Breed Specific Ailments

English Setters tend to live between 12-14 years and are a relatively healthy breed, but some of the health concerns noted in this breed include hip and elbow dysplasia, hypothyroidism and deafness.


English Setters are medium shedders and so may not be suitable for allergy sufferers. The soft, medium-length coat needs brushing a few times a week to remove dead hair, prevent matting and keep it in pristine condition, and more during periods of heavier shedding. Bathing should be undertaken only when necessary, and the hair around the bottom of the feet, the tail and the bottom area should be kept trimmed for hygene reasons. The ears should be checked for hygiene reasons and to reduce the risk of infections.

Exercise & Environment

English Setters are suitable for both rural and urban environments, and although inactive while indoors, they need plenty of exercise. They need a daily long and brisk walk, and if possible, they should be given the chance of running freely. Without this they may become difficult to manage.


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