The English Setter
is a breed of dog. It is part of the Setter family,
which includes red Irish Setters, Irish Red and White Setters, and black Gordon
English Setter in action as a gun dog in
Video, Movie, Film, Clip. Mpeg, Wmv
The English Setter is a gun dog, bred for a mix of endurance and athleticism.
The coat is flat with light feathering of long length. They have a long, flowing
coat that requires regular grooming.
The various speckled coat colours when occurring in English Setters are
referred to as belton; valid combinations are white with black flecks (blue
belton) or with orange flecks (orange belton— depending on the
intensity of the color, they might be lemon belton or liver belton),
or white with black and tan flecks (tricolour belton).
This breed's standard temperament can be described as friendly and good
natured; however, it can also be strong-willed and mischievous. English Setters
are energetic, people-oriented dogs, that are well suited to families who can
give them attention and activity, or to working with a hunter, where they have a
job to do. They are active dogs outside that need plenty of exercise in a good
sized fenced in yard. Inside they tend to be lower energy and love to be couch
potatoes and lap dogs that love to cuddle. Many are good around children.
English Setters are very intelligent and can be trained to perform about any
task another breed can do, with the exception of herding. However, they are not
always easy to train, as their natural bird instinct tends to distract them in
outdoor environments. Their temperament is considered a soft one. Therefore they
are very sensitive to criticism, and could be unwilling to repeat a behaviour out
of fear to disappoint the trainer. Positive reinforcement training methods
therefore work best for English Setters.
A relatively healthy breed, Setters have few genetic problems but some
problems occasionally occur. Canine hip dysplasia, elbow dysplasia, congenital
deafness, and canine hypothyroidism are some of the more well-known ailments
that can affect this dog. Life expectancy is between 10-12 years.
The English Setter was originally bred to set or point upland game birds.
From the best available information, it appears that the English Setter was a
trained bird dog in England more than 400 years ago. There is evidence that the
English Setter originated in crosses of the Spanish Pointer, large Water
Spaniel, and Springer Spaniel, which combined to produce an excellent bird dog
with a high degree of proficiency in finding and pointing game in open country.
The modern English Setter owes its appearance to Mr. Edward Laverack
(1800-1877), who developed his own strain of the breed by careful inbreeding
during the 19th century in England and to another Englishman, Mr. R. Purcell
Llewellin (1840-1925), who based his strain upon Laverack's and developed the
working Setter. Today, you still hear the term Llewellin Setter, but this is not
a separate breed. Instead, it is often used as an alternate name for a
field-bred English Setter.
With time, Laverack inbred successfully to produce beautiful representatives
of the breed. The first show for English Setters was held in 1859 at
Newcastle-on-Tyne. The breed's popularity soared across England as shows became
more and more widespread. Not long after, the first English Setters were brought
to North America, including those that began the now-famous Llewellin strain
recorded in the writing of Dr. William A Burette. From this group of dogs came
the foundation of the field-trial setter in America, "Count Noble," who is
currently mounted in the Carnegie Museum at Pittsburgh. At present, the English
is one of the most popular and elegant sporting breeds, often grouped with its
cousins, the Irish and Gordon Setters.
The name Llewellin Setter is given to a certain strain of English
Setters bred by R.L. Purcell Llewellin (also spelled Llewellyn) to be perfect
for field trials.
Aside from the Llewellin strain of Setters there are many other unrecognized
regionalized strains of English setters. One such strain, the Newfoundland
Setter, was accomplished by breeding English, Irish and Gordon setters together
over a period of hundreds of years. The result is a setter which is almost
perfectly adapted to the local terrain and can display the visual traits/colours
from any of the setter types.
Pictures of your dog wanted
Send a picture of your dog attached to this
Email, tell us a little about him or her and we will show it here.
i love english setters