Breed Type: Gun Dog / Retriever / Setter
Country of Origin: England
Temperament: Placid and Friendly
Lifespan: 11-13 years
Maintenance: Low to Medium
Recommended for: Active families with more than one active playmate/exerciser
The English setter is medium that tall athletic gundog part of the same family of dogs that the red-and-white Irish setters bred setters and whites of the tale from. Bred to hunt and retrieve are highly active and energetic. They are fun loving and people orientated.
Coat may be short or long depending on the variety is always/with light feathering. Long coated versions are more popular in the showringwhereas the working or hunting dogs tend to be short coated to avoid lengthy removal of brambles and grass seeds.
the English settercoat pattern is specific to the breed and is is referred to as “belton” – primarily awhite coat with different colours flecked through it. Varieties include blue, orange, lemon, liver, or tricolour Belton.
They are fun loving happy and willing however they can be independent, strong willed and naughty. They are bundles of energy and require lots of exercise. They will tear around a yard by themselves or with another setter that they will be greatly more excited by involving themselves in the game of your making. They were not just proficient Hunter retriever gundogs, they were very willing and eager for the task. And English setter however will modify its behaviour depending on the activity level of its owner. A very active owner will have a very active setter are less active owner will end up with an English setter less active though in all cases Dolby extremely anxious to spend a lot of time in your company.
They are intelligent but not brilliant and can be trained to do most tasks however they have no natural herdin ability. They are setters not herders. They are soft tempered and don’t do well with repetitive training methods or overly harsh and rigid discipline. Positive reinforcement is always go work best in these dogs.
As a working dog breed they have fewer genetic issues in more recent designer dog breeds. Hip and elbow dysplasia are sometimes seen as well is deafness and some other congenital issues such as hypothyroidism, and autoimmune thyroiditis. When choosing a puppy is most important to not just see the parents should see the grandparents as well. Other grandparents still able to hear well how is their movement etc. It’s important to get the hips and elbows of your puppy scored by a veterinarian in order to be predict likely later problems with hip and elbow dysplasia.
Are generally live to about 11 or 12 years some may live as long as 15 years.
Suitability as a pet
They require patience and time from their owners and softness of treatment. Whilst they enjoy energetic play they will not like the rough housing but more solid breeds enjoy.
They will bond closely to you and will pine if left alone for long periods of time. They are clever but do not enjoy rigid training and you can’t expect them to become disciplines command followers of the border Collie or a Weimaraner.
They love to be part of the family so if you’re looking for a dog that will happily sit inside and be petted for hours but be ready to spring to its feet and raise outside for a game of catch the Frisbee or the like in the English setter may be the dog are you.
They are a popular breed in Australia and several state English setter associations and clubs such as the English setter club of Victoria http://www.englishsetters.com.au/