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English Setter

Country of Origin:
Great Britain

Domestic dog, bird dog

Black and white with blue splashes, lemon and white with lemon splashes, orange and white with orange splashes, brown and white with reddish brown splashes

Calm, attentive, intelligent, energetic, active, cheerful, gentle, friendly, affectionate

61-68 cm

25-30 kg

12-14 years

Other names:
English Setter


Litter size:                                                                                                                                                                 About 6 puppies

English Setters – versatile dogs that excel in a wide range of activities.This breed often takes part in dog sports competitions, assists hunters, helps in the search for explosives or drugs, etc. However, they are also excellent family dogs, and are characterised by their affection and friendliness towards everyone they meet. English Setters are good with children, have no problem getting along with other dogs and always repay their owners with endless loyalty. Although the breed can be quite stubborn, a patient owner can certainly get what they want. If you give this pet enough time, together you can be a really great team!

Breed history

English Setters are a fairly old breed of dog, dating back to the early 16th century. At that time, English Setters were seen as excellent bird dogs that could help with hunting. Some written sources claim that the English Setter is the result of crossbreeding between different spaniels, but not all cynologists agree. It is also believed that the breed is the result of a cross between water spaniels, early springer breeds and Spanish Pointers. The oldest surviving text on Setter breeds – Abraham Fleming’s translation from the Latin of English dogs. However, to this day it is not clear whether written sources from that period tell us about the ancestors of the present-day Setters. Edward Laverac is considered to be the first breeder of modern Setters, having started breeding them in the first half of the 20th century (a task to which he devoted about 50 years). The first English Setter dog show was held in 1859, and since then the dogs have been rapidly gaining popularity. English Setters have only recently appeared in Lithuania – around 2008.

English Setter: Appearance

English Setter males are 65-68 cm tall at the withers and females are 61-65 cm. The average weight of this breed is approximately 28,5 kg. The body of this breed is of medium length, the back is short and smooth, the waist broad and muscular, the chest between the shoulders deep. The head is held high and rather narrow. The eyes are large, dark brown in colour. Ears are low-set, of medium length, hanging down on the cheeks. The neck is muscular, flabby and flows nicely into the shoulder line. Tail of medium length (not below the heel), sword-shaped or slightly curved. Coat long, slightly wavy. The coat is decorated with „belton“, a term coined to describe the coat of the English Setter by Edward Laverack, who is considered to be one of the first breeders of the dog. Available colours: black and white with blue hairs, lemon and white with lemon hairs, orange and white with orange hairs, brown and white with red-brown hairs.

English Setter: Character

The English Setter is considered to be the gentlest of all Setters. He is a great family companion, happy to play with children or frolic with other pets. However, it is a hunting dog with a very strong hunting instinct. If you do not plan to hunt, it is best to choose a dog of the show line, whose hunting instinct will be weaker.This breed is very active and requires a lot of exercise.

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