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English Setter Dog Breed Profile

by Dr. Chris

English Setter Dog

English Setter Dog

AKC Group: Sporting Group


The English Setter is related to the other setter breeds. A speckled dog with a long flowing coat. It makes a great family dog and is very energetic and very easy to train.

History



Among the most ancient gundog breeds, it originated in England over 400 in years ago. Considered to have come from Spaniels, the dog was actually known as a Setting Spaniel. Before the usage of guns, this "Setting Spaniel" would look for the birds and crouch on its front thighs or "set" to let the hunter drop a net on the game. When guns became generally used, a pointing stance was bred into the English Setter so he can be quickly seen.

Physical Features



English Setters stand around twenty five inches; bitches about twenty four inches. A white coat with an intermingling of dark hairs leading to Belton markings ranging in level from obvious unique flecking to roan covering, but flecked throughout preferred.

Some ear and head patches of color suitable, but heavy patches of color on the body are not acceptable. Flat hair without wooliness or curling. Feathering on abdomen, chest, ears, back of all legs, underside of thighs and on the tail of fine length but not too much as to hide correct lines and motion or to influence the dog's function or look like a sporting dog.

Personality



The English setter is really a quiet, quick worker having an outstanding nose and coat that makes the dog great for both cold and hot weather. Quite a calm, gentle dog. Friendly and exceptional with kids they're laid back, accepting of all the love they could get. Joyful and lively outdoors, but somewhat inactive in the house.

Common Health Problems



Susceptible to hip dysplasia. Take care not to overfeed this breed, for they have a tendency to gain weight very easily. English setter females are susceptible to pseudo-pregnancy.

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