English setters are elegant yet solid dogs of beauty and charm. The term “”belton,”” unique to the breed, describes a spotted coat pattern of colors that look good enough to eat: liver, lemon, and orange among them. Underneath the ostentatious coat is a well-balanced hunter who stands about 25 at the shoulder.
A beautiful neck proudly raises a long, oval-shaped head, and dark brown eyes give a soft expression. My English setter is known as the gentleman of the dog world, but is a boon in sports and games. English setters get on well with other dogs and people. “”As a breed to share one’s life and living space, no other breed gives me more pleasure than an English setter,”” says a veteran all-breed dog handler.
The history of the English setter goes back some 400–500 years. Early officials say the breed precedes the pointer in development. Evidence in the players’ writings suggests that the English setter originally originated from the Spanish pointer, the large water spaniel, and the cross of the Springer spaniel.
The setter was developed to silence, or “”set”” when they located Game Birds. At that time this style of hunting required hunters to cast a net in the area, sometimes covering the dog as well, and chasing away birds that were deprived. This low-lying method was ideal for pure hunting because dogs standing at the point would be more easily entangled in the trap. Any breed that was branded “”set””, but eventually, the setting spaniel’s deep nose and superiority in finding birds, made it the best choice in selective breeding, which developed dogs for this particular purpose. In the 18th century, firearms replaced traps and further selective breeding developed an upright point in setters, the better it was to see dogs from afar. The 19th century saw a divergence of setters in different breeds, which evolved based on their location and the area in which they hunted.
The development of the modern setter is attributed to Edward Leverac of England, who, in 1825, acquired the “”Ponto”” and “”Old Mole”” products of the 35-year-old English setter line. Another major figure in the development of this breed was R. LL. Purcell Llewellyn of Wales. Although he bought his dogs from Laverack, Llewellyn’s focus was on field performances opposite Laverack, which is mostly associated with Showter. Once the breed was exported to the US in the 19th century, c. N. Myers of Blue Bar Kennels in Pennsylvania played a major role in the development of the English setter in the states.
A beautiful, substantial and symmetrical Gun Dog suggests an ideal blend of strength, stamina, grace and style. Flat-coated with good length fins. Holds freely and easily with long reach, strong rear drive and firm topline. Males are definitely masculine without masculinity. Females are certainly feminine without much refinement. Overall appearance, balance, gait, and purpose are to be emphasized more than any component part. Above all, anything deformed must be extreme and defective in type.
The gestation period in lasts for 60-64 days The primary period of the reproductive cycle of the female is called Proestrus and goes on for around 9 days. During this time the females begin to draw in males. The subsequent part is the Estrus when the bitch is receptive to the male. It goes on for around 3 to 11 days. The third part is the Diestrus. Usually, it happens around day 14. In this period the bitch’s discharge changes for distinctive red and reaching its end. The vulva gets back to average, and she will no longer allow mating. The fourth part called the Anestrus. The time span between heat periods ordinarily keeps going around a half year. The litter size ranges between 6 to 8 puppies at a time.
The English Setter requires average grooming effort. It is not necessary to have a dog’s hair cut by a professional groomer. Brushing a dog’s coat is helpful to reduce shedding. Ears and eyes should be cleaned regularly to avoid infection. Don’t skip seasonal flea treatments either. Dog nail trimming and dog bathing can sometimes be helpful. Check with a local pet store for dog grooming supplies and find the best dog shampoo to keep his coat healthy and give your dog a pleasant dog bath experience. If you don’t have the time, skills, or money to care for your English Setter, look for a dog groomer or clipping service in your area and book an appointment. You might be lucky enough to have a dog boarding service, which includes grooming or walks in nearby dog bathing locations.
English setters are sensible, good-natured and devoted companions. They are very sensitive and rebuke the heart, so it is best to teach them with positive reinforcement rather than punishment. Their deep nose and prey drive can get them to follow their instincts – but it can cause them trouble, so it is important to start training and be consistent. As puppies they are particularly curious about everything, so remember to keep valuable or dangerous items out of reach. When they need attention, training, and exercise, an English setter is surprisingly associative and pleasantly manageable in the home.
An English setter needs regular exercise to be happy and healthy. Ideally this could be a daily vigorous run or play session in a large, safely dense area. Many owners do not have access to such an area, therefore, they can ride a bicycle with their English setter, go jogging with him, or take him for hiking or hiking. Because their bones and joints cannot reach ripe strength until the age of two, it is best to avoid very strenuous or high-impact activity with puppies and young dogs. Even though they are energetic athletes when out, the English setter settles quietly in the house as a companion after their daily runs or walks.
English setter puppies should be fed in small quantities thrice a day. Once the dog is one year old, it is ideal to feed a good quality dog twice a day. Keep in mind that English setters can easily eat and be obese, so you need to keep an eye on your dog’s diet to make sure it maintains a healthy weight. And the breed loves “counter surf” – use positive training to not leave enticing foods within reach and discourage behavior. An English setter’s nose can take him anywhere to eat: some are known in the dishwasher after the smell of morsel left on the plate!
English setters are usually healthy dogs. Responsible breeders screen their breeding stock for health concerns such as elbow and hip dysplasia and deafness. The breed may experience bloat, sudden, life-threatening abdominal conditions, and owners must learn what signs to look for and what to do. Ears should be checked regularly for signs of infection.
Recommended health tests from the National Breed Club: