English Setter Information
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Standard English Setter Characteristics
About the English Setter
The English Setter was created in Great Britain during the 1800's as bird retrieving and bird setting dog for hunters.
Today, these dogs are mainly used as companion dogs though some are still used for retrieving.
English Setters have round, dark brown eyes which sit nicely against the deep, square muzzle. Their black nose is fully pigmented and has open nostrils which are set far apart. Their ears fold vetrically as they lay close to the face when relaxed. They are carried high when alert though.They have a very long neck which is muscular yet lean. Their straight back flows into their tail which is simply a continuation of the vertebrae. This comes to a point about the length of the hock. It is full of long, straight hair which is slightly feathered. Their legs are straight and flow nicely into the strong paws with well arched toes. Their toe pads are very tough to protect their feet when they are running.Their coat is flat and straight though it is somewhat feathered along the ears, chest, stomach and back of the legs. Common markings for this breed is white with darker shades all over. The colors range from orange belton, blue belton, tricolor, lemon belton or liver belton.
The English Setter is a very pleasing dog to be around. They are very friendly and kind and excellent with all people. They love kids and are extremely affectionate with them. They are fairly inactive inside but when they are outside they are full of energy and life. They love to run and play with both humans and other canines. If you have a yard, it should have a tall, durable fence because this breed is known for their jumping and digging abilities. They also tend to be very vocal dogs so barking should be discouraged at an early age. They can be somewhat difficult to potty train so that should be started early as well.
Although this is generally a healthy breed, these dogs are prone to weight gain and dysplasia.
Due to the active nature of this breed, English Setters are not suited for apartment life. These dogs need a fair amount of exercise daily therefore they do best in a home with a large yard.
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