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English Setter – Dog Breed Guide

Breed summary

Size: Large
Weight: 45 to 80 pounds
Height: 23 to 27 inches
Longevity: 12
Bark Tendency: High
Aggression: Medium
Compatibility to other pets: Low

Adopt an English Setter, Dog Breed Guide


A dog breed that has been bred and used in service for more than 400 years old, the English Setter is a large and muscular dog that excels in hunting, tracking, retrieving, pointing, watchdog and agility competitions.

Official Name

English Setter
Other Name – Laverack Setter


Date – 15 Century / Country – Great Britain
Family / Group – Gun Dog, Sporting, Pointing

Recognized By

Continental Kennel Club
Fédération Cynologique Internationale
American Kennel Club
United Kennel Club
Kennel Club of Great Britain
Canadian Kennel Club
Australian National Kennel Club
National Kennel Club
New Zealand Kennel Club
American Pet Registry, Inc.
American Canine Registry
Dog Registry of America, Inc.
North American Purebred Registry, Inc.


Ironically, English Setters are not purely of English origin. This century old dog breed can trace its roots from the old lines of Spanish and French Pointing dogs. Before being called Setters, they were called Setting Spaniels, describing the graceful motion of these dogs as they crouch down and point the prey to their masters.

The various crosses of Spanish and French pointers which were unofficially called Setting Spaniels reach Britsh shores in the 1800’s when Sir Edward Laverack developed the dogs as we know them today. Initially they gained the name Laverack Setters from their creator, but more common English Setters stuck.

Today, the dog breed has two types, one for show and a larger variant meant for field work.


English Setters, may it be for show or for field are good-natured, mild, and friendly dogs. The field type is more active. But both love the outdoors and get along with almost everyone, including children. The field type is especially suited to hunting.

Bred For

They are bred to find and point game in open country.


The English Setter dog breed are dogs that will be suited in a home that has an average sized yard. They are not suited for apartment or condominiums.


English Setter type of dogs are not that hard to groom. They are dogs that shed averagely. To maintain their coat’s healthy condition, English Setter dogs only require regular combing of their medium-length coat that is soft and flat.


Training will be a bit difficult and should be done by an experienced dog handler or a professional dog trainer.


Obesity and hip dysplasia are the primary healt issues to watch when having an English Setter for a home pet. English Setter bitches are prone to false pregnancies as well as mast cell tumors.


All setters need a daily long, brisk walk or jogging sessions. These dogs will enjoy running free in the safety of a fenced yard.