The English Setter: Bred to Bird

Breed History

The English Setter breed is over 400 years old! It is believed the breed was developed by crossing a Spanish Pointer with a Water Spaniel and a Springer Spaniel to create the ultimate bird dog. For the past 400 years, English Setters are known for their excellence as gundogs, finding and retrieving game, as well as their athleticism and distinctive, elegant look. These dogs were recognized by the AKC in 1884 but are still relatively rare in the US.

Elegant and Athletic

English Setters are large, athletic dogs bred for long days in the field hunting game. They weigh between 45 and 80 pounds and grow to 25 inches tall. If you don’t plan on hunting with your English Setter, make sure they get a daily romp around the yard. They need a fair amount of exercise to burn off that energy.

The English Setter is a great family companion. They are gentle and affectionate but should be supervised with smaller children. English Setters can be stubborn and sensitive when training, so a gentle approach will help get your English Setter on the right path. Overall, these dogs aim to please and just want to be near their owners, making them beloved family pets.

Health and Wellness

English Setters live for 10 to 12 years but do have some health issues. As highly active dogs, they can be prone to orthopedic issues, such as hip and elbow dysplasia. They can also be prone to weight gain if not exercised properly. It’s important to partner with your veterinarian to keep an eye out for these conditions. Your veterinarian will look for health issues during your pet’s checkups. He or she can help you determine the appropriate exercise schedule for your English Setter and recommend a nutritional solution that helps maintain his athletic condition.   

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