Origin and characteristics

Setters as a type of hunting dog. They were known in England as long as 400 years ago. The modern English Setter was developed in the 19th century. The English Setter dog breed was named for these dogs’ practice of “setting,” or crouching low, when they found birds so hunters could throw their nets over them.

English Setters are still used as a hunting dogs today, as well as family companions. They are affectionate and love their human family and get on well with other pets too.

They have high energy and exercise needs, so they are more suited for a home with a garden or space where they can play and run.

Their easy-going nature can make him a super friend for an active family. They are gentle, kind, and get along just fine with kids.

All these qualities make him an excellent choice for a first-time owner, who can provide him with the training and exercise he needs. They are moderately easy to train. English Setters need early socialization to teach them good manners and social skills. English Setters work well with people, but they can be independent thinkers. If they are trained kindness and consistency they respond well.  If they are treated harshly, they will simply become more stubborn and less willing.

The ideal home for an English Setter a house with access to a fenced garden where he can play. He’ll appreciate a good half-hour run off leash in a fenced area or a walk or hike on leash.

The English Setter is a good watchdog and will bark to alert his people that someone is approaching the house. English Setter puppies are curious and active. Like any puppy, they will find and chew anything that’s within reach.

The English Setter breed has two types.

Those that are bred for the field have less feathering — long fringes of hair, usually on the legs, belly, and tail — and their coat is not as abundant. They are slightly smaller than English Setters bred for the show ring. They are said to have more instinct for hunting than the show lines of English Setters.

  • Lifespan: 11-15 Years

  • Size: 58-68 cm

  • Weight: 20-36 kg

  • Breed group: Sporting  Dogs

  • Coat: flat

Coat, Shedding, Grooming

The English Setter has a very attractive coat that comes in a variety of colours. The coat lies flat without any curl or woolliness. It’s embellished with feathering on the ears, chest, belly, underside of the thighs, backs of the legs, and on the tail.

When he’s properly groomed, an English Setter has a stunning coat. Brushing him at least three times a week with a stiff bristle brush keeps the skin healthy and the coat shiny. His tangles and mats can be gently removed with a steel comb.

A bath every six weeks is recommended to keep him smelling nice.

How to manage shedding?

Brushing will help keep loose hairs off clothes and furniture. Some owners may opt to trim stray hairs every six weeks for a neater look. This can also be done by a professional groomer.

The English Setter has a long, silky coat that sheds moderately, but with proper grooming it’s not difficult to get the moulting under control. It mostly comes down to proper brushing and making sure his diet is optimal.

Brushing is probably the simplest and most effective way to limit the shedding. It helps by removing the old hairs before they fall off, and it massages his skin and distributes his coat oils, which promotes a healthier, stronger coat.

Keeping them on the right diet right matters too. High quality dog food can generally help dogs develop healthier coat, that overall sheds less hair

Sometimes, however, excessive shedding can be cause for concern as it can be a sign of health problems, and it’s best to contact a qualified veterinarian.

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