The Multi-Talented English Setter Guide Why This Breed Is Called 'Setter'

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Large Breed Hip Dysplasia English Setter

Is This Dog Right for You?

  • 1 English Setters make an excellent family dog due to their gentle and friendly temperament.
  • 2 Due to their precise tracking skills, they make serve as great watch dogs.
  • 3 English Setters prefer the outdoors and are definitely not apartment dogs.


The English Setter, developed in the 1800โ€™s by Sir Edward Laverack, was a cross between the original โ€œSetting Spanielโ€ and early French hunting dogs. The Setter gets their name from the way they crouch when spotting game, giving way to the hunter. Often called the Laverack Setter, these dogs make up a large portion of the genetic makeup for many top show dogs.

Quick Facts

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    10-12 years

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    Hair Length


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    Male Height

    24-27 in (61-69 cm)

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    Male Weight

    55-80 lbs (25-36 kg)

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    Female Height

    23-26 in (58-66 cm)

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    Female Weight

    40-70 lbs (20-32 kg)

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    Litter Size

    6 puppies


The English Setter is a friendly, calm dog with a powerful sense of smell. They have an athletic build with a skill for assisting in a hunt. While they are excellent with children, they may be difficult to train without well structured leadership and enough space to run around. They do not make good apartment dogs. They can also be very vocal and have a loud bark. .


English Setters come in white with overlay markings in the following colors: orange, blue, liver, lemon, tricolor (blue, tan, and white).

Health Concerns

Overfeeding is very common among English Setters which make them more susceptible to:


English Setters are gorgeous dogs with a trim body and an exceptional speckled coat. They have a wavy, long haired coat with a silky texture that comes in many attractive shades like white with blue, lemon, orange, or brown speckling. The head is long and the muzzle is very prominent. The hazel colored eyes are expressive and attractive and the long ears have a satin tip. The tail is straight with a distinct tapering at the base and is luxuriantly coated.

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