Facts about English Setter Puppies

Are you unsure how to care for English Setter puppies, or just want to learn more about this breed?

Maybe you are thinking about buying a dog and want to know if this is the right breed for you?

No matter what your situation may be, you will find the answers to your questions right here!



Breed History

The breed originated more than 400 years ago in Great Britain. Experts believe it was developed from crosses of various spaniels and a Spanish Pointer.

The breed as we know it today was developed by Edward Laverack in the early 1800s. He was so instrumental in its development that the English Setter is often called Laverack Setter. Laverack's dogs were known for their good looks and became the foundation for many of today's top show dogs.

Initially developed to hunt game birds, it became a very popular companion dog. Its other talents include tracking, retrieving and pointing.

The breed was introduced to the U.S. in the late 1800s.

Physical Characteristics of English Setter Puppies

This is a large and muscular dog. It has a long and lean body, long head, brown eyes, black or brown nose and medium length drop ears. The tail is long and tapers to a fine point.

There are 2 types of of this dog - show and field. The field dogs are smaller, more active and require more exercise.

The long and straight coat has feathering on the chest, legs, ears and tail. The possible colors are orange belton (white and orange), blue belton (white with black markings), tricolor (white with black and tan markings), lemon belton (lemon and white), and liver belton (liver and white).

    Height Weight
  Male 24 to 25 inches 60 to 70 pounds
  Female 23 to 24 inches 50 to 60 pounds


The English Setter is an intelligent and gentle dog. It enjoys human company and gets along well with other pets (excluding birds) and children.

The field type is more active than the show type and both types are more active outdoors than indoors.

These dogs tend to pick up bad habits quite easily and may be difficult to housebreak, so early training is important. This is also a very sensitive breed, so be gentle but firm during your training sessions.

English Setters love to roam, dig and are excellent jumpers. Unless trained early in their lives, they may become excessive barkers.

To learn how to deal with some of the housebreaking and behavioral problems, visit...

Best Owner / Living Conditions

This is an active breed and will do best with an active owner in a rural or suburban environment, preferably with a fenced backyard.

Some English Setter breeders will interview prospective owners to make sure this is the right breed for them.

Activity and Exercise

This is an active dog and needs plenty of exercise. Without it he may become restless and difficult to control.

If you have a fenced backyard, let him run off leash.

If your yard is not fenced, consider getting an electronic dog fencing. There are a lot of systems that are cheap (a lot cheaper than a physical fence), easy to install and will keep your pet well protected.

At a minimum, take him for one or two long walks every day.


The breed is an average shedder. Brush daily and trim the hair at the bottom of the feet.

Bathe only when necessary.

Health Concerns

Like all other dog breeds, the English Setter is susceptible to complications caused by parasites such as dog ticks, fleas, and puppy worms, including tapeworms, roundworms, and heartworms.

Additional health concerns include hip and elbow dysplasia, allergies, and deafness. Visit dog health problems to learn more about dog diseases and health care.

To reduce the risk of the above and many other health problems, buy only from reputable English Setter breeders (visit dog breeders to learn how to identify responsible dog breeders).

No matter how small the risk of health problems is, any puppy may get sick or injured. Many health problems will require an immediate attention from your Vet, but there are many others that will not, and you may handle them on your own.

To save time and money, learn how to diagnose and treat dog health problems that don't require your Vet's attention.

Life Expectancy

The average life expectancy for an English Setter puppy is between 10 and 13 years.

Did you ever consider adopting your next pet?

If this is the breed you are interested in, and adoption appeals to you, consider contacting your local English Setter rescue. There are thousands of pets waiting for a loving home and, yes, it's possible to adopt a purebred dog.

Puppy Training

Not happy with your pet's behavior? Need help with training your dog for obedience? Then check this English Setter Behavior and Obedience Training Guide.

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