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The English Setter is considered a Large dog based on the average height and weight.
Males – Height: 25 inches.
Weight: 60 to 65 pounds.
Females – Height: 24 inches.
Weight: 50 to 55 pounds.
English Setters are commonly white. They sometimes have blue, belton, tan, liver or orange markings.
English Setters love their owners, and, given the choice, they’d stay with them all day. These social dogs do poorly in kennels or in the yard. They are obedient and laid back, so long as they get their daily exercise.
English Setters are a high-energy breed with high exercise requirements.
They love to run. They are tireless and require at least an hour of activity each day; otherwise they can become restless and destructive.
- English Setters have flat coats. Their most distinctive feature is the hair that feathers around their ears, underside and tail.
- They are a moderate-maintenance grooming breed, requiring a clip or trim once a month.
- There are two types of English Setters. Laveracks, the bigger ones, hold their tails level when they’re on point. Llewellins, which are smaller with a thinner coat, hold their tails straight up.
10 to 14 years
The most common health concerns for English Setters include deafness, canine hip dysplasia and elbow dysplasia. Progressive retinal atrophy is less common but still occurs within the breed, while epilepsy is seen occasionally.
English Setters have a medium tolerance for hot and cold climates.
English Setters are very good with children and make ideal family pets. They are friendly toward other dogs and very friendly toward other household pets.
- English Setters are the oldest breed of Crouching Setter in Britain, where they date back to the 14th century.
- They were originally trained as bird dogs.
- Edward Laverack, whose name has been taken by one type of English Setter, was instrumental in developing the modern breed of the dog.