The English Setter is a large graceful and placid dog that forms part of the gundog group.
Large. A graceful, athletic dog.
The English Setter’s origins can be traced back to the 1800s.
A competent and intelligent working dog used for hunting and setting birds. The English Setter breed is still found working today in rural areas, but is more commonly kept as a trusted family companion dog.
The English Setter is an ever-popular breed with families. It’s a large dog with long lean limbs and an almost mournful expression. It has a gentle and placid nature. The English Setter is intelligent, making it easy to train.
The breed comes in a variation of colours including:
Height bitch 61-65cms
Height dog 65-69cms
Weight (kilos) bitch 20-32kgs
Weight (kilos) dog 25-36kgs
High. The English Setter requires at least 2 hours of exercise each day, so best suited to a physically fit and active owner.
English Setter temperament, socialisation with children, other dogs and other pets
The English Setter is a calm, placid and gentle dog with an even temperament. It normally mixes well in a family enviroment and generally adapts well to other pets, including cats if socialised from an early age.
Yes, but it’s a large dog, so will need plenty of living space and access to a large garden to be completely happy. It’s an intelligent dog that responds well to training, which should be introduced at an early age to avoid instinctive behaviour such as roaming and running off.
People considering this breed should also consider the time commitment needed to provide adequate exercise and stimulation for this athletic breed.
The breed has a fine silky coat with long featherings on the chest, legs, tail, abdomen and ears.
High. The flowing feathers do require regular grooming to keep the coat matt free and healthy. In some dogs the feathers can grow to an unmanageable length and may require professional grooming to keep in shape. Long flowing feathers on the ears can make meal times and drinking a messy event. Feet and pads can also be problematic with a build up of fur that can easily conceal thorns and foreign bodies quite easily, so should be checked after dog walks.
You should budget for regular grooming sessions 3-4 times a year if your dog has a long coat, which can cost from around £40
No. The breed is quite a heavy shedder and in many dogs the undercoat can be quite prolific.
The breed is generally healthy, but potential owners should be aware of the following known health problems that have been reported and consult their breeder:
As with all pedigree dogs, it is very important to obtain a puppy from a source where you can be guaranteed that it has been bred with a view to avoiding the inherent physical and psychological diseases of the breed.
A healthy English Setter can expect to enjoy a predicted lifespan of around 11-13 years.
Litters are normally available and you should expect to pay around £850 for a puppy . There are usually between 6-8 puppies in an average litter. There were 289 English Setter puppies registered with the Kennel Club in 2015.
The English Setter is a large dog with quite a high cost value, so expect to pay a higher premium than an average sized dog. Remember that whatever the premium starts out at, dog insurance will always rise with your pet’s age after about four years old, and any on-going illnesses or conditions that the dog develops will also affect your annual insurance premiums from then on.
An English Setter bitch weighing requires around 330gms complete dry food per day. An English Setter dog weighing 30kgs requires around 365gms of complete dry food per day.
The weekly cost of feeding a bitch weighing 25kgs is around £6.60
The weekly cost of feeding a dog weighing 30kgs is around £7.30
These are estimated costs only, and based on feeding a slightly above average quality complete dry food, bought from a popular supermarket on the high street.
Don’t forget to budget for regular preventative treatments and procedures that are not covered by pet insurance:
There are 3 other setters in the gundog group, the Gordon Setter, Irish Setter and the Irish Red & White Setter.