English setter puppy and dog information

The English Setter is a calm dog indoors but very active outside. She needs plenty of exercise. A properly fenced in yard would help her get her exercise but she is a digger and climber so beware when designing her enclosure. She can tend to be a barker so be prepared to train her early. She can tend to wander off after a scent so keep tabs on her. She is generally good with other pets except birds and rodents. She is also good with older children and generally has a high bite inhibition. As a reminder, never leave children unsupervised with a dog or puppy.

*Approximate Adult Size. The approximate adult size (two years old or older) of the male English Setter is 24 to 27 inches to the withers (highest point of the shoulder) and 55 to 80 pounds. The female ranges from 23 to 26 inches to the withers and 45 to 70 pounds.

*Special Health Considerations. Most dog breeds have certain inherited health problems associated with that specific breed and the English Setter is no exception. Be on the look out for canine hip dysplasia (genetic based looseness in the hip joint that can lead to arthritis pain and lameness), and false pregnancies. They may gain weight quickly so do not over feed. This disease list is an informative guideline only. Other diseases may also be significant threats, please contact your veterinarian for a complete list.

She should visit the veterinarian several times in the first year for shots, boosters and check up. Then, as an adult, she should visit the veterinarian yearly for shots and check up. As she gets older, six years and on, she should visit the veterinarian twice a year for check ups and shots. Remember; avoid feeding your dog sweets.

*Grooming. The English Setter has flat, soft medium coat. that sheds medium. She should be bathed or dry shampooed when necessary. She should be brushed regularly. Brushing will help her maintain a clean and healthy coat, avoid mats, tangles and burrs and help you keep a closer eye on her health and strengthen your emotional bond with her. Her hair at the bottom of her feet may need to be trimmed.

Her teeth should be brushed at least twice a week with toothpaste and toothbrush designed for dogs. Brushing removes the accumulation of plaque and tartar which can cause cavities (rarely) and periodontal disease. Dog periodontal disease can lead to pain, loss of teeth, bad breath and other serious disease.

Her toenails may need to be examined for growth and clipped regularly. The toenails of the rear feet grow slower than the toenails of the front feet. Generally a guillotine type trimmer is the best for this chore and competent instructions to accomplish this can be found on the net.

*Life Span. The English Setter can live between 10 and 12 years with proper nutrition, medical care and excellent living conditions.

*History. The English Setter comes from England where they were bred from pointers and Spanish spaniels. They were first registered by the American Kennel Association in 1878.

Some Registries:

*UKC United Kennel Club *NKC National Kennel Club *CKC Continental Kennel Club *APRI Americas Pet Registry Inc. *AKC American Kennel Club *FCI Federation Cynologique Internationale *NZKC New Zealand Kennel Club *KCGB = Kennel Club of Great Britain *ANKC = Australian National Kennel Club *ACR = American Canine Registry

Litter Size: 6 to 8 English Setter puppies

Category: Sporting Group, Gundog.

Terms To Describe: Gentle, friendly, sensitive, lively, elegant, substantial, grace, stamina, strength, style,

*SPECIAL GOOD POINTS Good watch dog. Very nice, gentle dog. She loves children and attention. She loves companionship. She likes other dogs.

*SPECIAL BAD POINTS She has a tendency to wander off. Not a guard dog. Good jumper. Loves to dig. Can be a problem housebreaking. Can be willful.

*Other Names Known By: Laerack Setter, Laverack Setter, Llewellin Setter

*Every dog is an individual so not everything in this information may be correct for your dog. This information is meant as a good faith guideline only.