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English Setter

English Setter

“The English Setter descends from Spanish land spaniels that ‘set’ game birds for the sportsmen’s nets, hence the name “setter.” Known in Britain since the 14th century, they were valued for their working ability rather than appearance. In 1825, Edward Laverack began a program of selective breeding to stabilize uniform type. Succeeding him was Purcell Llewellin who furthered the work of developing a breed that would perform well in the field and hold its own as a handsome show dog. These two breeders are credited with developing the elegant gun dog that became known as the English Setter and was well established in Britain and overseas before 1900.


With his lovable, mild disposition and affectionate, friendly attitude, the English Setter is a true gentleman by nature. The breed constantly expresses a willingness to please.

Activity Level

As an active sporting dog, the English Setter prefers country or suburban living. He’s an outdoor type that should have lots of exercise.


Males will measure about 25 in (64 cm), females an inch (2.5 cm) less.


The moderate length coat should be flat with no trace of curl or woolliness. There should be feathering on the ears, chest, belly, the underside of the thighs, the back of the legs and the tail.


The English Setter’s coat may be all white; black, orange, liver or lemon with white; or tri-colour.


The coat needs regular brushing and some trimming to shape the feathering and neaten the outline.

An effortless graceful movement demonstrating rapidity and endurance while covering the ground efficiently. There must be a long forward reach and strong rear drive with a lively tail and a proud head carriage. Head may be carried slightly lower when moving to allow for greater reach of the forelegs. The back of the dog should remain strong, firm,and level when in motion.”