The English Setter is such a sweet tempered breed that it is thoroughly trustworthy with people and other animals.

The breed standard describes English Setters as “intensely friendly” which, when coupled with their medium size makes them an ideal family dog. This is a breed that will adapt easily to your lifestyle whether you are seeking a companion, a show or working dog, just as long as they are loved and can give love in return.Suitable owners would be those who enjoy regular exercise and want an affectionate and loyal canine as a member of their family. The English Setter is a social animal and needs companionship, so prospective owners must be prepared to include them in their day to day living activities.


The oldest British Setter type dog, in the 16th century, the breed was used in netting game birds. The breed was originally named the Laverack Setter after E. Laverack, a breeder from Shropshire County who modified and improved the breed from  1825 which was recognized in 1879. A gentle but at times strong-willed, mischievous gun dog, it was bred for a mix of endurance, athleticism and to hunt for game.


  • Grooming Needs: Coat should be combed and brushed regularly to keep it in a good condition and free from matts, knots, etc.
  • Coat Type: Slightly wavy, not curly, long and silky.
  • Moulting: Moderate but contained with daily brushing.
  • Exercise Needs: Regular exercise is very important, and they require an area that is fully fenced and escape proof. As they are very routine in their behaviour they will expect daily walks.
  • Average Life Span: 14 years.


  • Family: Ideal for the full range of young and old and ideal for families. They are never aggressive and will engage in short bursts of play followed by long periods of rest.
  • Temperament: Friendly, good natured temperament, and generally have a laid back attitude.
  • Trainability: Intelligent dogs that are easy to train but they can have minds of their own which has to be taken into account. Basic obedience training should begin as early as possible.
  • Sociability (Other Pets): Good with other pets, it is strongly recommended that they are partnered with another English Setter or similarly behaved breed.
  • Barking: Low tendency.


Very kind and gentle and very much in need or routine. Prefer to be inside and are desperate for human companionship.


Has been known to have had issues with hip dysplasia, hearing, skin disorders and PRA.

Stand Number: 626