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English Setter
The English Setter enjoys a remarkable standing in the US.  More popular as a hunting companion and nearly as popular as a family companion as its cousin the Irish Setter, its definitive white with black, liver, orange or yellow ticked feathered coat and moderate conformation make it an exceptionally well dressed canine.  It's medium size and agreeable temperament make it an excellent choice for many families.

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General Information
Group(s): SportingPointer-Setter Height: 24-25 inches
Weight: 45-60 pounds Longevity: early teens
Colors: varied and yet precise - typically some variation of red/white, lemon/white, orange/white, black/white, blue/white, tri-color with extensive ticking and patches. Most color variations come with colorful names related to the lines they relate to. Coat type: Long, flat and silky. Without excessive undercoat that would alter outline.
Recognized Registries: FCI, AKC, NCA, UKC and others
Overall Appearance: Elegant without excessive curves, the English Setter possesses the characteristic soft expression and silken coat and ears that we think of when considering a Spaniel or Setter with a style and grace characteristic to Setters. The most moderate of the easily recognized Setter breeds possessing neither the heavier bone and coat of the Gordon Setter or the more exaggerated outline of the Irish.
Personaility - Behavior - Training
Energy Level: Moderate
General Nature: Quite genial and happy though soft.
  with Children: Generally very good unless mistreated or undersocialized.
  with other pets: Good but as a hunting dog care must be exercised with smaller pets.
  with dogs: Very good.
Socialization requirements: moderate to high: as a breed with a soft temperament they are very gentle but prone to shyness if not properly reared
Ideal home characteristics: One that exults in the grace and drama of the breed with an appreciation and sense of protection and support to the gentle and sensitive nature.
Temperament Notes: Happy, eager to please, intelligent, gentle and sensitive
Training requirement: moderate to high: HEAVY socialization and basic manners at a minimum
Trainer notes: The sensitivity of the English Setter makes it a very poor choice for the angry, aggressive or heavy handed trainer.  Remarkably the breed is well known for its hunting ability and this often puts it into the hands of people who are just like this!  Nevertheless, the true potential of the English Setter is achieved with a training partner that can enjoy and fun (and occasionally silly) training session.  The young English Setter (and quite often the adults as well) will exhibit a rather short attention span which may only be their way of indicating how interesting they find the training to be.  Keep it fun, keep it light and make your goals something that is enjoyable to achieve rather than harshly or overwhelmingly competitive and working with your English Setter will be among your favorite memories.
Background Information
Year range of first recognition: 14th century (1300s)
Country of Origin: England
Original Function: Setter
History: The modern English Setter was developed by Lavarack but the breed traces back to the middle ages as being developed from Spaniel stock as the first of the Setters.
Adoption Information
Deviations from Standard: smaller than standard (common in field stock), lighter coat with minimal feathering,
Health Notes: hypothyroidism, eye problems, hip dysplasia, deafness
Health Testing: CERF, Thyroid Panel, OFA, BAER,
Questions to ask Breeder:  - The Breeder Questions as listed here provided with explanations and answers you will want to be looking for!

  • How long have you had English Setters?
  • Why do you have English Setters (show, performance, hunting, etc.)?
  • What do you consider to be the most important single characteristic of an English Setter?
  • What health issues have you seen in the breed?
  • What criteria do you set for your breeding stock?
  • Do you plan to keep a puppy from this litter?
  • How often do you have puppies?
  • Do you have a written contract and puppy guarantee?
  • At what age do you sent your pups to their homes?
  • How would you describe the ideal English Setter?
  • How would you describe the ideal English Setter home?
  • Are your puppies whelped in your home?
  • What advice would you offer someone in raising and training an English Setter?
  • How do you assist or help English Setters in need of rescue?
  • Web Sites: - English Setter Association of America Rescue -National Setter Rescue (including Irish, Irish Red & White, English and Gordon) definitely worthy of support for all the exceptional work they do

    Other Resources
    Breed standard: - Standard for the English Setter in the US

    Breeder Ethics: Code of Ethics appears further down the membership application for the English Setter Association of America

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