The breed, English Setter, is over 400 years old and derives from Great Britain. It's perfect for bird hunting.
English Setter is a 400-year-old breed of bird dog from the United Kingdom. The breed was created by crossing a Spanish Pointer, Water Spaniel, and Springer Spaniel. We are excellent for hunting.
Do you love jogging/running? Do you like long walks in the mountains? And especially; are you a hunter? Then we can be something for you.
An English setter must get an outlet for his energy to thrive. As puppies, we are especially energetic.
We thrive as the companions of people with active lifestyles. If we do not get enough exercise, we will become restless. That's not something you want to have in your house. We go mental.
Remember, the level of activity needs gradually be increasing as we get older. As puppies, we want more activity than we can handle. It takes 12-14 months before our bone structure is fully developed. Before that, you need to tell us when to stop.
Also be aware that we are social beings, who prefer to be with the whole family. We hate to be placed in dog kennels, and would rather be with our pack of humans.
A great dog for hunting
We are considered optimal bird dogs due to our prominent hunting desire and high work capacity.
We also fit well as family dogs, thanks to our friendly and calm appearance. An English setter is calm, friendly, sensitive and affectionate towards our owners. We are also recognized for our protectiveness towards both our family and their territories.
It is worth mentioning that we are social dogs that thrive around both humans and other animals. Not least, we have the qualities needed to be safe and kind dogs to children.
In addition, we are playful dogs who love to dig, jump and play. We are especially playful as puppies, but we calm down slightly when we get older.
How an English setter sounds
A happy English setter will not bark too much. If we don't get enough exercise and mental stimuli, we can use barking to express that.
But when we are happy, we don't bark a lot.
The English setter generally got good health, but as with all breeds, diseases can occur.
For the English setter, this applies to hereditary eye diseases, hip dysplasia, and deafness. However, these diseases rarely occur.
A healthy English setter has a life expectancy of 10-13 years.
Little fur care
Despite the fact that we have long fur, it doesn't require much care. It takes a lot to brush through the coat a couple of times a week.
Size / appearance
Available in black and white (blue belton), orange and white (orange belton), yellow and white (lemon and belton), liver and white (liver belton), tricolor (blue belton and tan, or liver belton and tan).
Something to be aware of
Although the English setter is a hunting dog, the breeder may have emphasized other characteristics when breeding.
Make sure that you ask the breeder what characteristics are emphasized. It will be an advantage to meet the mother of the puppies to get an impression of which characteristics are prominent in its line of blood.