English Setter – Top 10 Facts

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The English Setter dog breed was named for its practice of “setting,” or crouching low, when it found birds so the hunter could throw his net over them.
There are TOP 10 interesting facts about English Setter.

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1) History
The English setter is one of the oldest gun dog breeds, with a history that traces back to the 14th century. Among its forebears are the Spanish pointer, French pointer and a variety of spaniels. In fact, the breed was originally known as a setting spaniel. The breed came into its own in England in the early 1800s when Sir Edward Laverack created a special hunting strain of the English setter. Later, R. Purcell Llewellin developed yet another hunting strain. The influence of these two breeders is so great that English setters are sometimes called “Laverack setters” or “Llewellin setters.”
2) Appearance
The dog is a beautiful, elegant, slim, white setter with blue, lemon, orange or brown speckling. Some dogs may be tricolored: blue, white and brown. The hair is long, flat, silky and a little wavy. The eyes are large and hazel, the nose is dark, and the moderately long ears hang downward. The ears, tail, legs and underside are all heavily feathered. A fully-grown male English setter stands 25 to 27 inches tall and weighs 65 to 80 pounds (29 to 36 kilograms). Females stand 23 to 25 inches tall and weigh between 45 and 75 pounds (20 to 25 kilograms).
3) Temperament
The English setter is a gentle, friendly, placid dog that is especially good with children. He is mild-mannered and sensitive and loves to both give and receive affection. These dogs are known to be alert and protective of their families and territories, but will calm down quickly when told to.
4) DNA
Not only does the Setter category consist of the three different breeds of the Gordon, English and Irish varieties, each also has its own line. While Gordon Setter comes in the Belmor, Melrose, Shome and Springset lines, the Irish Setter comes in the American, British, Smyth and Wendover lines. The English Setter consists of the Llewellin, Lavarack and the Ryman. The little known Newfoundland Setter is a combination of the Irish, Gordon and English Setter.
5) Winks
President Franklin D. Roosevelt owned at least seven dogs while in the White House, one of whom was an English Setter named Winks. Though companion animals were not widely in use in the 1930’s, Winks was a great help to the president who was stricken with polio at the age of thirty nine. Winks’ mellow temperament and watchful eye served to keep the president company while working in the office.
6) Excercise
The active English setter needs plenty of exercise, particularly when he is a puppy. Hikers or joggers will find this breed blends in beautifully with their lifestyles. Minimum exercise should be a long, brisk walk every day, without which the dog might become difficult to manage. However, one should exercise a puppy or young English setter carefully; the dog’s bones do not mature fully until about 12-14 mo. of age.
7) Noble Dog
Used as a status symbol, it was illegal for any common man to own an English Setter in the early seventeenth century. Nobles felt this was the best way to keep the dog from becoming of weak stock. In fact, any hunting for the common man was banned altogether.
8) Watchdog
The English Setter is a calm and gentle breed. It is great with kids as well as other pets, including dogs and loves to prance about. It can be reserved with strangers, which makes it a good watchdog.
9) Grooming
The English Setter is an average shedder and sheds heavily during spring and fall. Its flat and shiny coat needs to be brushed at least 3-4 times a week and almost daily during shedding season. It should be bathed only when necessary and must be dried properly after each bath. The ears and eyes should be cleaned regularly to avoid any infection. Its nail and, the hair around the eyes, ears and paws need to be trimmed regularly. Its long hanging feathery ears tend to accumulate dirt and moisture so special care needs to be taken of the ears.
10) Health Issues
The English Setter is prone to some health issues like hip and elbow Dysplasia, Hypothyroidism, Cancer, Deafness etc.


Darlene Quinn says:

Do they have to be hunting dogs. Can't they just be a family companion? No birds or animals should be hunted for any reason.

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