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english setter

english setters

Breed Overview

Quick facts

  • English Setters possess a bark that is worse than their bight. While they sound frightening, they quickly warm up to guests.
  • The English Setter is ideally suited for work in the field (searching and projecting). The active dog has to be physically and mentally stressed to be happy, satisfied and relaxed.
  • English Setters were on of the first breeds to be registered in the United States by the AKC when it was founded in 1884.
Lifespan- Years
Shedding AmountLow
Breed GroupN/A

Personality & Training

Tendency to Bark



Good For:
  • Kids
  • Cats
  • Other Dogs
  • Apartments
  • Large Living Spaces
  • Seniors
  • First Time Pet Owners
  • Watch Dog
  • Cold Climates
  • Water Activities

Physical Characteristics


Females: 1 in
Males: 1 in


Females: 1 lbs
Males: 1 lbs

Drool Amount


About english setters

Setters are well-known as a type of hunting dog from England, originated from over 400 years ago. The modern English Setter was bred for the first time in the 19th century. This is a kind, affectionate, and gentle breed. They are sport dogs, but they are not so active to exhaust you. They only bark if strangers come to your door, but if you introduce your guests, they will welcome your acquaintances. English Setters are very playful, curious, and love to be held by people during their puppyhood. Proper training and socialization with other animals and people are very important for them at their young ages. English Setters usually get along well with people, but because of their hunting instinct, they tend to be independent-minded. Kind and persistent training is very important to them. You need to keep the training time interesting to avoid their stubbornness. English Setters love children and tend to protect them, that’s why adult supervision is important when kids are playing around. English Setters’ size is about 1 foot 11 inches to 2 feet 3 inches, and their weight varies between 45 and 80 pounds.

english setter Health

Though English Setter puppies are generally healthy, they are prone to conditions that commonly affect sporting breeds, such as hip dysplasia, progressive retinal atrophy, and certain heart diseases.

If you adopt your English Setter puppy from a reputable breeder, it will have been vaccinated, dewormed and undergone a 30-point checklist to confirm and reconfirm that your new puppy meets the best health standards in the industry.

You should also expect to see a veterinary health report (VHR) which requires an examination of a puppy’s ears, eyes, mouth, teeth, gums, respiratory system, cardiovascular system, musculoskeletal system, skin and coat, gastrointestinal system and external genitalia.

New English Setter owners should also bring their new puppy to their veterinarian within two days after arrival to re-verify the puppy’s health and to learn more about the medical conditions that may affect English Setter puppies.

english setter Care

As a new puppy, your English Setter will require specific care to keep them healthy, happy and feeling great. Though not particularly challenging, caring for a English Setter does require some level of precaution and patience. English Setter puppies need frequent exercise and lots of mental stimulation to stay fit and ward of boredom induced destructive behavior.

english setters FAQ

Yes. English Setters are terrific family dogs - they love children, happily play with other dogs and eagerly greet strangers. If you’re in the market for a sweet, friendly family dog, then the English Setter is the dog for you.