The English Setter originates from England. It is a loving hunting dog. They require a lot of exercise and social interaction. The English Setter is not suitable to be put down as a guard dog. He is very sensitive and sometimes a bit stubborn. Therefore, a sensitive hand is recommended when raising the four-legged friend. The English Setter gets along very well with small children. Therefore he is an excellent family dog. He loves to romp with the whole family or with the whole pack.
The English Setter is a medium dog. The males grow between 65 cm and 68 cm. The bitches grow between 61 cm and 65 cm. The English Setter can weigh up to 36 kilograms. The life expectancy of this dog is about 12 years.
The coat of the English Setter is long and soft with slight waves. The basic color of the dogs is white. On it cavort yellow, blue or brown spots. Some specimens can also have three colors in their coat. For example, these English Setters are white with blue and brown spots.
The dogs show all over the body a lush fur growth on. The ears and tail are also heavily overgrown.
The quadrupeds have big eyes with attentive looks. The eyes are mostly brown. The English Setter also has medium length floppy ears, which hang down. The animals are elegant and beautiful. The physique of the English Setter is slender and dynamic. The dogs are very athletic and have a high urge to move.
The hanging ears of the English Setter flutter in the air during romping and frolicking. English Setter inspire with Frohmut and large Joie de vivre.
Otherwise this dog quiet and tenderly. He is therefore particularly suitable as a family dog. Because he gets along great with big and small children. English Setters are mostly like children themselves and love to jump around with the little ones and play mischief.
English Setters are very emotional and sensitive creatures. They are happy to receive and give love.
The animals are Very faithful and Attentive. They protect their pack or family. They show you when danger threatens. However, you can calm them down very quickly.
English Setters are also very social journeymen. They like to be in the company of people or other dogs. So in the home of an English Setter can always be something going on. He will be happy about every visitor and will welcome them warmly. These dogs also enjoy making friends with other four-legged friends.
The animals like to dash and jump across plains. Especially as puppies, they are almost unstoppable. With age, however, they become increasingly calm.
English Setters are indeed very friendly and lovable. Nevertheless, they are dogs with a strong hunting instinct. Don't be fooled by his harmless appearance. Should he catch sight of a rabbit or cat, he can quickly become a fierce hunter. Always remember this when you are out with him.
The right food
In principle, the English Setter does not make any special demands on what ends up in his bowl. However, it is a hunting dog with a high urge to move. Therefore a high quality food with a high meat content recommended. You can tell because meat is listed first on the back of the package.
The food with a high meat content contains a lot of proteins. These make your English Setter slim and strong. On food with a high grain content you should avoid.
How much food you should give your English Setter, you can only decide individually. This depends on the Size, the Age and especially from the Activity level of your dog. If your dog moves a lot, you can give him a little more. If you don't manage to keep him fully occupied, you should be sparing with the food. English Setters can be prone to obesity if they lack exercise.
In general, it is a very good method if you exercise your English Setter first. This way you can make him earn his food. After a rest you can feed him. Also after the meal he can rest quietly.
With treats should be used sparingly. These can lead to your English Setter becoming fat. Instead, reward your four-legged friend with love and affection. An English Setter likes this at least as much.
If you do give him small snacks in between, that's fine. Then simply subtract the calorie count of the treats from his main food.. But the most important thing is that you spend a lot of time with your English Setter and romp around with him.
Puppies should be fed several times a day. Approximately four to five times. For an adult English Setter, one or two meals a day is sufficient.
Animals may be sensitive to a change in diet. Therefore, you should do this only when necessary. You should do this slowly.
If you do a lot of sports and are active, you will also be very thirsty. Therefore, you should make sure that your dog is also always Fresh water has at its disposal.
English Setter Care
English Setters are very hardy dogs. Still, you should have plenty of time for grooming.
Already at the time of purchase you should make sure that it is a trustworthy breeder acts. Pay attention to examinations of the breeding dogs. This can, for example, minimize the risk of your dog suffering from Hip or elbow dysplasia or Numbness suffers. English Setters are somewhat more susceptible to this.
Neutered English Setters and animals with little exercise can become overweight. This can cause your four-legged friend to experience pain in the joints.
The beautiful, long coat of your English Setter should be brush daily. This will take no more time than a few minutes. So you can prevent the hair from matting.
Leafy leaves and small twigs often get caught in the long coat of these dogs. Therefore, after the walk, search his fur and clean it.
You do not have to bathe your four-legged friend, or only very rarely. If you do, don't use dog shampoo or use a very gentle one. Most of the time it is enough to let the dirt dry. Then it can be easily brushed out of the fur.
Check regularly under his Floppy ears. Dirt sometimes collects in them. Clean the ears carefully.
English Setters are intelligent, affectionate and docile animals. They can therefore be pleasantly educate. However, these dogs can sometimes be a little stubborn and willful. Then it is up to you to show clear rules and remain consistent.
He will then usually gladly comply with your instructions. The prerequisite is that all family members adhere equally to the education. Nevertheless, it requires a sensitive education. The English Setter is a very sensitive creature. An advantage is if you already have experience with the education of four-legged friends.
Also, your English Setter will be easier to train if you give him his freedom of movement and challenge him athletically. That way, he doesn't have to resist you to go hunting on his own. You can ask in dog schools if there are special programs or offers for hunting dogs.
The English Setter you should not put down as a guard dog or put in a kennel. He is a sensitive and social animal. He needs a lot of contact with you and other dogs.
For the care of the English Setter you do not need any special accessories. However, some basic equipment is appropriate for any dog.
For example high quality exhausting, leash, collar respectively Tableware, Dog blanket, Food and water bowl, Transport box, Brush and Comb.
For the English Setter offers additional toy on. Especially balls or other things he fetch can. English Setters are passionate about retrieving. Therefore, you should have no problems to keep your four-legged companion busy. If you are too tired, you can just keep throwing the ball and let the dog retrieve.
This way you provide your English Setter with enough exercise.
Origin & History
The English Setters are descended from the longhaired Bird Dogs from. Old Spanish Pointer also belong to the ancestors of the English Setter. Before the animals received the name English Setter, they were called Setting Spaniels designated.
The origin of the English Setter extends to the Middle Ages. Thus, they are among the oldest hunting dogs. In the 14th century they were already used for hunting small animals and birds. Greyhounds were not suitable for this. These would only have startled the feathered fowl.
English Setters were more suitable because of their good nose. This allowed them to carefully track partridges hiding in the undergrowth. To catch the birds, the hunter threw a net over them and the hunting dog. The English Setter then lay flat on its belly, as it had learned to do. This way the net could safely hit and catch the bird.
In the 19th century bred Sir Edward Laverack in England the English Setter. Over several generations he selected only the noblest, most beautiful and intelligent animals. Thus, English Setters became a breed of their own.
In the year 1860 Sir Edward Laverack presented the first purebred English Setter puppies. He won countless prizes with his breedings and was able to sell his four-legged friends for high sums. English Setters quickly enjoyed great popularity outside of England.
The breed was finally recognized by the FCI in 1963.