VCA Chicago North Animal Hospital

English Setter

English Setter

Basic English Setter Information

  • Lifespan: 10 - 12 years
  • Height: - inches
  • Weight: - pounds


Medical Conditions Seen in English Setters


English Setter Traits

  • Joggin Partner
         
  • Lap Dog
         
  • Good with Children
         
  • Warm Weather
         
  • Cold Weather
         
  • Grooming Requirements
         
  • Shedding
         
  • Barking
         
  • Ease of Training
         


English Setter History

  • Setters originated before the advent of hunting birds with game, when dogs that spotted birds were expected to crouch so that hunters could throw a net over the birds without it getting snagged on the dog.
  • The oldest known setter dates back to the 1300s from the English moors.
  • Around 1825, Edward Lavarack undertook a 35-year program of concerted breeding to form the basis of today's English Setter. He began with two dogs named "Ponto" and "Old Moll."
  • Purcell Llewellin founded his dogs on Laverack's stock, crossed with some other dogs, but concentrated on field ability. One of Llewellin's dogs, "Count Noble," became a field trial sensation in America. Count Noble's body was mounted after his death and put on display at the Carnegie Museum in Pittsburgh.
  • Today, show English setters descend principally from Lavarack's stock, and field English setters from Llewellin's stock. Field setters are smaller, with less hair and a greater tendency to have patches, rather than flecks, of color.


English Setter Behavior Concerns

  • Makes a cheerful and active companion.
  • Usually very good with children.
  • Makes a good watchdog but poor protection dog.
  • Eager to please but easily distracted.
  • Does best with reward-based training involving food.
  • Outgoing toward strangers.
  • Gets along well with other pets and dogs.
  • Enjoys retrieving and hunting.


English Setter Suggested Exercises

  • Makes a calm housedog if given adequate exercise.
  • Requires daily exercise in the form of a long walk, jog, or energetic games.
  • Field lines tend to be more energetic.
  • A good candidate for dog parks.
  • Obedience training is essential not only for control, but for the mental exercise it provides.


English Setter Grooming

  • Coat is fairly long, silky, and either flat or slightly wavy.
  • The coat needs brushing and combing two to three times a week to prevent mats.
  • It needs monthly bathing.
  • Some clipping and trimming is needed every month to maintain optimal looks.
  • Shedding is average.


Suggested English Setter Nutritional Needs

  • English setters tend to be eager eaters, and some may put on too much weight.
  • Adult dogs should be fed a balanced diet, with restricted calories if the dog starts to gain too much weight.
  • Puppies should be fed a balanced a puppy food.


Did you know?

  • Grapes and raisins are harmful to dogs.
  • Some dog parasites are transferable to humans.
  • Many common pet ailments may be detected early and prevented by visiting your veterinarian twice yearly - saving both time, money, and most importantly, ensuring the best quality of life for your dog.


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