English Setter

English Setter is a medium-sized dog breed with a unique and one of the most beautiful coats in the dogs' world. This is an excellent working dog breed but also on the other hand great and friendly companion. They are sweet-natured dogs that get along well with everybody including children and other pets. Because they were bred for working purposes they can run for hours tirelessly.

FUN FACT: Word „belton“ is unique for English Setter dogs and it describes the color patterns of their coat: lemon, liver, and orange.

English Setter


23-27 in (58-68 cm)

English Setter


45-80 lb (20-36 kg)

English Setter


Great Britain

English Setter

Life Expectancy:

10-12 years

Breed History

The history of this breed goes for 400-500 years in the past. There were some evidence that suggests that this breed was created by crossing the Spanish Pointer, Springer Spaniel, and the larger Water Spaniel.

English Setter was bred and developed to lay down or „set“ when he locates the bird. In this form of hunting, it is required that the hunter have a net in which he could trap the bird. Later in the 18 century, the nets were replaced by firearms and with the continuing of selective breeding, they developed an upright point in English Seters so they can better see a dog in the distance.

Dog Breed Characteristics

Energy Level
Grooming Needs
Exercise Needs
Kid Friendly
Dog Friendly
General Health

Standard describes these dogs of a medium height, with elegant appearance and movement, and clean in outline. They are very active with a keen game sense. English Setters are extremely goodnatured and friendly.


  • Group 7 Pointing Dogs. Section 2.2 British and Irish Pointers and Setters, Setter. With working trial.
  • Height: males - 25,5-27 in (65-68 cm), females - 24-25,5 in (61-65 cm).

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English Setter coat

These dogs have long and silky hair and because of that, they need to be brushed a few times a week in order for them to look at their best. Regular brushing will keep the hair under control and it will prevent the forming of tangles and mates which can be a real problem. Like most of the dogs and English Setter shed so in order to remove the dead hair you must brush your dog regularly. Besides the tangles and mats if you don't brush your dog weekly he could develop skin problems.

As with any other dog breed, you should trim their nails when you hear them clicking on the floor (and if the dog doesn't wear it down naturally), brush their teeth to prevent gum diseases, and bath them every four to six week to keep them at their best.

Because of their floppy ears, you should weekly check their ears for any signs of irritations, redness, or bad odor which can indicate infection.


English Setters demands a daily dose of activities in order to be happy and healthy. In most cases, a few longer walks will do the trick, but you can be sure that your dog will enjoy it if you take him for jogging, bike rides, or hiking. Playing with other canines is also a great option for your dog to spent his energy.

Make sure that you don't overtrain your puppy because their bones and joints are still developing and if you do, he could have some serious health problems later in life.

If you provide them with enough daily exercise you can be sure that your dog will be calm and happy, and you will not have any problems with him in the household.


These are goodnatured dogs that you can train easily if you put in the time. You must know that they have a keen nose and they can follow their instincts but also their nose can lead them into a lot of trouble. Because of that early training is especially important. English Setters are sensitive dogs and you don't want to use yelling or punishment if your dog doesn't pick up your command right away because you will not get anything done. Always use positive reinforcements such as treats and praises and you can be sure that your dog will learn everything you are asking.

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Although English Setters are good and devoted dogs they will still need proper socialization from the puppy age to be completely sure that your dog will develop into a well-behaved dog with whom you will not have any problems later in life.

The best way to start is to expose your puppy to many different situations including other dogs, people, sights, and sounds so that your dog learns how to reach in many different new situations.

English Setter and kids

English Setters get along excellent with kids and they can be their playing partner. Since they are energetic dogs they will be excellent for playing with the kids. When you let them play it is advised that you always supervise their playtime so that any unwanted behavior wouldn't emerge.

It is most common that the kids will cross the line, and that is why is extremely important that you teach your kids how to properly approach and interact with the dog so they can enjoy each other company.

English Setter and other pets

These dogs can get along well with everybody if they are raised together in the same household. The only thing you should be careful of is when your dog is around birds because these dogs were bred for hunting purposes and you can't expect that they will not react when they see a bird. Some dogs can learn not to chase birds but it is advised to always be careful.

Health problems

English Setters are healthy dogs with a life expectancy of 10-12 years. Like most of the dogs in the world, they are also prone to some health problems that every (future) owner should be aware of. Those problems include hip dysplasia, deafness, bloat, hypothyroidism, and elbow dysplasia.

To be completely sure that you are getting a healthy dog, buy it only from a responsible and official dog breeder. Because they regularly test their breeding dogs, as well as their puppies you can be sure that you are getting a puppy with the best possible health.

English Setter breeders

English Setters are extremely good dogs with whom you will enjoy every minute of the day. It is essential that you provide them with enough daily activities and you can be sure that you will not have any problems with your dog. When searching for English Setter breeders always check that they are official and responsible so you can be sure that you will end up with the best possible puppy who will not have any serious problems or inherited diseases. Always ask the breeder to show you the health certificates of his breeding dogs, and if it's possible always see the mother of the puppies in person to be sure that the breeder is taking good care of his dogs and puppies.


World Dog Finder team


Updated at10.05.2021.