The versatile English Setter has a life expectancy of 12 years.
The English Setter was developed in England more than 400 years ago, making them one of the oldest gundogs. The English Setter was first called the “Setting Spaniel” thanks to their hunting style. English Setters would be taken into the field to locate birds and upon finding a bird, they would “set” or kneel on their front legs. As soon as the English Setter would crouch down, the hunter would throw a net onto the bird.
The English Setter weighs 45 to 80 pounds and measures 23 to 27 inches.
The English Setter has a long, silky coat that requires a regular trim along with daily brushing and a bath about every six weeks. Like all dogs, the English Setter also needs basic grooming. Brush their teeth, clean their ears and trim their nails on a regular basis.
Out in the field or at the dog park, the English Setter is energetic and athletic. At home with their family, however, the English Setter is laidback and gentle.
The English Setter may have been bred to hunt, but this dog is highly friendly and extremely tolerant. The English Setter is simply a sweetheart that loves spending time with their family. They want to be around their family as much as possible and grow unhappy if separated from them for too long.
The English Setter is social and calm, and gets along well with children, new people and other dogs. The English Setter may bark when the doorbell rings, but only because they want to greet whoever is on the other side. English Setters are much too welcoming and mellow to make good watch dogs. They are much better therapy dogs thanks to their even disposition and patient nature.
The English Setter may be sweet, but they also have a surprisingly stubborn streak. The English Setter can be resistant to training and requires lots of consistency and patience. Once they get the basics down, English Setters can go on to participate in advanced obedience and agility.
As a natural hunter, the English Setter is highly athletic and lively. The English Setter requires more than just a daily walk. They make good jogging and hiking companions, and should be given regular time outside in a secure area to run around and play.