AKC PuppyFinder: English Setter Puppies

Breed Traits
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  • Personality: Friendly, merry, and mellow; called the “gentleman of the dog world”
  • Energy Level: Somewhat Active; Game and boisterous at play and work, a joy to live with at home
  • Good with Children: Better with Supervision
  • Good with other Dogs: With Supervision
  • Shedding: Seasonal
  • Grooming: Weekly
  • Trainability: Eager To Please
  • Height: 25-27 inches (male), 23-25 inches (female)
  • Weight: 65-80 pounds (male), 45-55 pounds (female)
  • Life Expectancy: 12 years
  • Barking Level: Barks When Necessary
Breed Description
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Your English Setter puppy has hunting in his genes and the breed excels as bird dogs as well as in obedience and agility activities. They are as affectionate as they are graceful and beautiful. The English Setter wants to be with his people and won't be happy left alone in a kennel or yard. He's a gentle, loving family dog who thrives on lots of vigorous exercise in a fenced yard or on the leash. And if you're hunter, you can't ask for a better partner. Keep his elegant feathered coat at its best with regular brushing and grooming.

History & Job
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Origin: England

Year Recognized: 1878

Breed History & Job Description: English Setter history goes back some 400 years, but the story of the modern breed begins in the mid-1800s. It was then that the breed diverged into two lines named for their founding breeders: the “Laverack” setters, bred as companions and show dogs, and the “Llewellin” line, used primarily as working gundogs. But the separation isn’t hard and fast. A pretty Laverack should still make an eager hunting companion, and a rugged Llewellin will exhibit the geniality and stylish looks of his companion-bred cousin.

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English Setters are generally a healthy breed. Like all breeds there may be some health issues, like hip and elbow dysplasia and congenital deafness. Some dogs may be faced with these health challenges in their lives, but the majority of English Setters are healthy dogs.

Read the Official Breed Club Health Statement.


Recommended Health Tests from the National Breed Club:

  • Hip Evaluation
  • Elbow Evaluation
  • BAER Testing
  • Thyroid Evaluation
Breed Club
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  • Breed Club: English Setter Association of America, Inc.
  • Breed Club Link: http://www.esaa.com/
  • Breed Standard: View
  • Group: Sporting
  • 2016 Popularity: 102
  • Breed Referral Contact: Sandy Miller - 419-873-5399
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Click here to see all English Setter Rescue Groups.


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