This lively breed is another example of point breeds. Originally from England, the purpose of the English Setter was to identify and point to gaming birds. Both hunters and pet lovers alike have kept this breed for a number of years. This is the smallest of the three setter breeds, with the other two being Irish Setters and Gordon Setters. They are also known for having a very enthusiastic, loyal personality. These dogs require a good deal of attention and care, but there are also some wonderful advantages to keep in mind. For example, English Setters can prove to be perfect for large families.
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English Setter Appearance
This medium-sized pointing breed has a coat that is generally white. You will likely find intermingled dark hairs. This pattern is known as belton. There are several variations to this, including the black and white of blue belton. Tricolor refers to blue belton that features tan patches. You also have orange belton, which is a combination of orange and white. There is also lemon belton, which brings together lemon with white, and liver belton, a combination of liver and white. Liver and lemon are considered to be quite rare.
Depending upon the purpose of your English Setter (field or show ring), you can expect the dog to weigh anywhere from thirty-five to eighty pounds. The coat of this dog is generally considered to be quite long, and you will often also find feathering along the ears, chest, belly, tail, and elsewhere.
English Setter Grooming
Because of the feathering we mentioned before, as well as the long coat, the English Setter will need to be combed a couple of times per week. You will also want to comb it out, if your dog spends any significant amount of time in the field. In terms of bathing, you should try to give your English Setter a bath every two or three weeks. You will certainly want to do everything possible to keep out the tangles that can often appear in the coat of the English Setter. Because of their love of the great outdoors and general activity, you can expect these tangles to appear quite often. Trimming the coat is another solution, particularly if you don’t plan to use your English Setter as a show dog.
With regular brushing sessions, you should be able to deal with any potential problems with shedding, as well.
The nails should be trimmed every few weeks, and teeth should be brushed at roughly the same rate.
English Setter Temperament
Gentle and affectionate are two common terms to describe English Setters. As far as its family is concerned, you can expect your English Setter to be extremely friendly. With strangers, it may take the dog a little time to get used to them. However, once an English Setter trusts a human being, they adore them completely. In particular, English Setters are extremely comfortable with children. In fact, some would argue that English Setters are too patient with kids. If you have a toddler or other small child, make sure to supervise their play with your English Setter carefully. No one wants the dog to be accidentally hurt by their own tolerance.
These dogs are best suited for homes that will give them plenty of roam with which to roam around. Because of their enthusiasm, English Setters will likely run off, unless they are on a leash. These dogs love to chase birds, since that was the reason for their creation in the first place. Overall, English Setters are considered to be highly intelligent, but they also need a good deal of attention. Furthermore, they can also take a little longer to mature than other breeds.
English Setter Training
Training your English Setter can be a great deal of rewarding fun. However, because they can take a long time to get out of the puppy stage, you will need to be consistent in your training. It is best to begin training your English Setter when they are a puppy. It is also highly important to start socializing your English Setter early on in its life. The sooner you can do this, the easier it will be for your dog to adapt to other dogs, animals, and people.
English Setter History
It is believed that English Setters were created through a combination of Pointing breeds and Spaniel breeds. Setting dogs were mentioned as far back as the fourteenth century, and they have always been a popular choice with hunters. By the 19th century, two different types of English Setters were on the scene, the Laverack strain and the Llewellin strain. These were named after the men who developed them, and you can find examples of these strains to this day. The type of strain is likely going to be dependent upon whether or not the dog is a pet, or if the dog is in fact for show.
Lawerack, Laverack, Llewellin (or Llewellyn), Setter