English Setter


English Setter History:

The English Setter was a trained bird dog in England more than 400 years ago.  It originated in crosses of the Spanish Pointer, large Water Spaniel, and English Springer Spaniel. English Setters were especially popular during the 1960s, 70s and 80s and registrations of puppies reached 1344 during 1974. English Setters had previously ranked at 101 in 2010 but moved up to 87 in 2011, a position the breed maintained in 2012.


English Setter is a medium-sized dog with size ranging from 24 inched for females and up to 27 inches for males. The head is slightly domed with a deep muzzle. The top of the ears is positioned in line with the eyes and lie in an elegant fold.

Its coat, which is flat and straight, has a silky texture. The base color of the coat is white with different colored ticking also called flecks. Combinations are white and black, white with orange flecks, white with liver flecks or tricolored which is blue or liver belt with tan markings.


English Setters are energetic and people-oriented. They are well suited to families or to working with hunters. They are active dogs that need plenty of exercises. However, it can also be strong-willed and mischievous sometimes. English Setters are very intelligent and can be trained to perform any task except herding. However, they are not always easy to train since they can be very conservative to criticism.


One genetic problem, which can be acquired by English Setters, is congenital deafness. Others include autoimmune thyroiditis, canine hypothyroidism, elbow dysplasia, and allergies, which include sensitivity to certain food ingredients. Some members of the breed may be affected by cancer which was identified as the most common cause of death among English Setters in a survey taken by the Kennel Club. The life span is between 11-12 years though 13-15 years are uncommon.