About English Setter
The English Setter has been working as a well-trained bird dog on the British Isles since at least the 1500’s. Much has been written about the breed, and its history is truly a fascinating. The English Setter owes its long, consistent heritage to its beauty and utility: both an avid worker and handsome housemate, the English Setter finds welcome homes around the world. It is a very well constructed, well-balanced dog, standing about 24.5 inches tall and adorned by a good length, flat-lying coat and moderate feathering. Color include: black, white and tan, black and tan, lemon and white, orange and white, liver and white; and blue, lemon, orange, and liver belton.
The English setter is an elegant and athletic hunting dog with the ability to run tirelessly at a good pace. Its trot is ground covering and effortless, with the head held proudly and a lively tail. The coat is flat, with feathering on the ears, underside, backs of legs, underside of thighs, and tail. Its markings are distinctive, consisting of flecks of color, sometimes with patches, on a white background. The combination of good looks and hunting ability make the English setter a perfect gentleman’s hunting companion. A gentle but at times strong-willed, mischievous gun dog, bred for a mix of endurance and athleticism, it is used to hunt for game such as quail, pheasant, and grouse. When working, the dog will hunt methodically seeking the airborne scent of its prey.
It is sometimes referred to as the Laverack or Llewellin Setter as these were famous strains of the breed during the major development period in the 19th-century. Those from hunting stock are generally of a finer build and with less feathering than those bred for show exhibition. The Laveracks tend to be larger, carry more feathering, often have deeper muzzles and usually hold their tails nearly level when on point. The Llewellins tend to be smaller and faster, with less feathering and often larger patches of color. They tend to hold their tails straight up when on point.
Bred to cover a lot of area when hunting, the English setter is a lively dog that loves to hunt and run. This is especially true of dogs from field lines. If not given sufficient exercise, they can be overly lively inside. With daily exertion, however, they are calm and tractable housedogs. Those from conformation lines are particularly laid-back and gentle and excel with children and less active adults. This is an amiable, easygoing breed that gets along well with children, strangers and other dogs.
The video below is from Dogs 101, Animal Planet series.
We need a better version of this. If you find one, please send us a link.
The video below shows some adorable English Setter puppies doing field tests.