English Setter Information & Dog Breed Facts

Collection of all the general dog breed info about English Setter so you can get to know the breed more.

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OriginEngland flagEngland
Other Names
What other names does the English Setter have?
LaverackLlewellin SetterLawerack
Breed Type
What type of dog breed is it?
Purebred

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English Setter Price and Availability

Price
How much does the English Setter puppy cost? What is the price range of this puppy? What is the average price of this dog in the United States? How much money is {name_prefix}?
$400-$600
If you choose to purchase the English Setter, you should know that the mentioned amount of money is an average of the collected data from breeders’ sites and puppy finder places. If you have a English Setter for sale, please advertise it on a reliable website to make sure the English Setter gets to a happy place.
Availability
How easy is it to get a English Setter? How many English Setter are there in the world?
Very frequent: The English Setter is quite easy to get. There is a risk of overbreeding, as it is an extremely popular breed.

Inbreeding is common because of its popularity. A new study suggests that inbreeding contributes to the incidence of disease and health problems.

So be careful, buy from a trustworthy place or kennel and seek the help of an experienced person, a professional, to make the right decision.

English Setter Size

Size
Is {name_prefix} small, medium or large dog?

How big do English Setter get?

Large
Weight
How much does the English Setter weigh? How much should the English Setter breed weight?
Male: 55-80 pounds (25-36 kg), Female: 45-70 pounds (20-32 kg)
Average Weight
What is the average weight of {name_prefix}?
Male: 67.5 pounds (30.5 kg), Female: 57.5 pounds (26 kg)
Height
How tall is the English Setter? English Setter height:
Male: 24-27 inches (61-69 cm), Female: 23-26 inches (58-66 cm)
Average Height
What is the average height of {name_prefix}?
Male: 25.5 inches (65 cm), Female: 24.5 inches (62 cm)

English Setter Grooming, Hair and Care

Coat / Hair Types
What type of coat does the English Setter have? What does this canine coat/fur look like?
Feathered
Colors
What color is the breed's coat? What color is a proper English Setter's coat?
Blue BeltonLemon OrangeTanTricolorLiver
Grooming
How to groom the English Setter and how often?
Average: The English Setter requires average grooming effort. Cutting the dog's hair by a professional groomer isn't essential.

Brushing the dog's coat is useful to reduce shedding. Ears and eyes should be cleaned regularly to avoid infections.

Don't skip the seasonal flea treatment too. Dog nail trimming and dog bath can be helpful sometimes.

Check the local pet store for dog grooming supplies and find the best dog shampoo to keep its coat healthy and give your dog a pleasant experience of a dog bath.

If you don't have the time, skill, or money to take care of your English Setter, search for a dog groomer or clipping service in your area and book an appointment.

Maybe you're lucky to have a dog boarding service that includes grooming or walk-in dog bath places nearby.

Shedding Level
How much do English Setter dogs shed? How to control, reduce and prevent the shedding of the Laverack?
English Setters shed moderately. It's a natural process of the hair growth cycle. Regular brushing reduces the amount of hair that sheds. It mostly depends on their health status and breed type.
Bath Time / Bathing Frequency
How often does the English Setter need a bath? How often should bathe this dog? Can I bathe my English Setter every day?
6-8 weeks
Rarely. Bathing your dog is beneficial to them in more ways than just one. It’s also a good time to look for unusual scratches, bumps, fleas, and other irregularities. When their hair is wet and flat against their body, these details are more visible. For example, short-haired dog breeds can go a very long time in between baths. These short-haired breeds shed regularly and that shedding works to naturally remove excess dirt and oil. So unless your weenie dog got into the garbage can, you can probably hold off on a bath for a while.

English Setter Personality / Temperament

Temperament
What kind of personality does the English Setter have? What characteristics or traits does the breed have?
StrongWilledGentleIntelligentMischievousEnergetic
Intelligent Rank
How smart is the English Setter? Is the English Setter breed dumb or smart?
Smart: English Setter's has great intelligence. They understand and memorize new commands in 15-25 repetitions. The English Setter is among the smartest dogs in the intelligence ranking.
Trainability
Are English Setter dogs easy to train? Do they go well on dog training?
English Setters are easy to train. They find out the association between commands and actions quite quickly.
Playfulness
How playful is this breed?
The English Setter is a playful breed. Excited barking and sometimes nipping will alert you to play.
Sensitivity Level
How sensitive are they? English Setter sensitivity:
They are a little bit more sensitive than other dog breeds. Soft punishment affects them emotionally. English Setters don't tolerate irregular daily routine, noisy household, and frequent guest visits really well. They are receptive to their owner's emotions and make wonderful family companions.
Affection Level
How affectionate are they? Is {name_prefix} a good family dog?
High: English Setters are genuinely loyal, soft and gentle, loving and affectionate dogs toward their handlers. They enjoy quality time with their owners despite the activity and are considered great therapy dog for those in need. This breed responds strongly to their handler's emotions because they bond closely. Their happiness is your happiness.
Social Needs
How much social interaction does the Laverack need? English Setter social needs:
English Setters are a social breed. They enjoy being around people or other animals. This breed doesn't tolerate being left alone.
Barking
Do English Setter dogs bark a lot? Are they barkers/noisy? Why does my Laverack bark?
Average to High: The English Setter is a vocal breed. Not the best choice if you prefer a quiet breed. They often bark loudly and howl sometimes. They can change their barks depending on their emotional level and what they're trying to say. Different barks could mean the same and the same barks could have a different meanings. Top reasons for barking: protection, alarm, fear, boredom, attention-seeking, greeting, separation anxiety, compulsive barking.
Watchdog Ability
Is English Setter good as a watchdog? Are they alert at night?
English Setters are average watchdogs. If they sense something different, they will alert you, but the observation isn't considered their main job.
Guarding Behavior / Territorial
Do English Setter dogs have an aggressive behavior to protect their home/house/territory? Do they have guarding instincts?
English Setters are not the best to protect their territory. Better to have the protection of your house and property supervised by others.
Biting Potential
Do English Setter bite humans? How likely are you to get bitten from the Laverack? What are the odds of getting bitten by a English Setter? Why do dog bites happen?

Low 🔽

The English Setter has a low chance of biting somebody. Top reasons for dog bite: protection, pain, excitement, herding instinct, being provoked. (Data based on the available online bite statistics.)
Bite Force
Does the English Setter has a hard bite? What is the bite force of {name_prefix}?

Between 200 and 400 PSI

English Setter bite force: Ordinary. Average dogs have a bite force between 200 and 400 PSI.

The English Setter, and many others, have a fearsome presence because they have significant jaw strength, so it is important not to anger the dog and have it around strangers until it is fully trained. However, they are usually quite calm and good companions, they work well in families and are easy to care for.

Mouthiness
How much mouthing/nipping/play biting does the English Setter do?
English Setters have a higher than average tendency to nip, chew, play-bite, or herd people. It's a common habit during puppyhood, not aggressive behavior. These "bites" don't hurt, but English Setters need to be taught for a good attitude.
Impulse to Wander or Roam
How likely is the English Setter to run away? Does this breed explore or wander a lot? Does English Setter roam?
English Setters have high wanderlust potential, which means that this breed has a strong desire for exploring the world. Safer to walk them on a leash unless you teach them how to get back to you on command. This breed is also able to cause damage to your fence.
Prey Drive
Do this canine have a strong prey drive? Does English Setter have high prey drive?
English Setters have a high impulse to chase and catch something. Cats or any other small animals are in danger. It's a natural instinct, doesn't necessarily mean that English Setter dogs are aggressive. Better to keep this breed on a leash.
Apartment Friendly
Is English Setter good as an apartment dog? Can they live in a flat?
Not an apartment-friendly dog the English Setter breed. If you don't have a garden, think carefully about your decision, keeping English Setter indoors can cause a lot of problems.
Adaptability
Are they adaptable and easy-going?
Average: English Setters adapt to lifestyle changes and different living environments quite okay usually.
Tolerates Being Left Alone
How long can you leave the English Setter alone?
English Setters do best when a family member is at home during the day or if their workplace is dog-friendly so they can take the dog at work.

English Setter Good With

Stranger Friendly
Are they aggressive or friendly towards/with strangers? English Setter temperament with other people:
English Setters are very stranger-friendly dogs.
Pet Friendly
Are they pet-friendly dogs? How well do English Setter dogs get along with other pets? Are English Setter dogs good with pets? What is this canine temperament with other pets?
English Setters are usually friendly towards other pets.
Child Friendly
Are English Setter dogs kid-friendly? Are they good with young children? English Setter temperament with children:
English Setters are very kid-friendly dogs. This breed enjoys being surrounded by children.
Cat Friendly
How well do English Setter dogs get along with cats? Are they good with kittens? What is this fido's temperament with cats? Can they be good with cats? Can the English Setter breed live with a cat?
English Setters are cat-friendly dogs.
Dog Friendly
Is English Setter good with other dogs? Are they dog-friendly dogs? How well do English Setter dogs get along with other dogs?
English Setters are very dog-friendly dogs. If you want more dogs in your family or you'd like to join dog meetups, the English Setter can be a great choice.
Good For First Time Owners
Is English Setter breed good for first-time owners? Do they make a good dog for novice owners? Is English Setter breed suitable for first-time owners?
Yes
English Setters are good for novice owners, due to their easy-going personality.
Office Friendly
Are English Setters good office dogs? Do English Setters make good office friendly dogs? Can English Setters be office dogs?
No
English Setter is not the best dog breed for office environment.
Senior Citizens Friendly
Are they senior citizens friendly dogs? How well do English Setter dogs get along with the elderly people? What is the Laverack temperament with senior people? Are English Setter dogs good for elderly owners?
English Setters are one of the best breeds for elderly people.

English Setter Health

Health Issues
Is it a healthy or unhealthy breed? Do English Setter dogs have health problems or genetic diseases?
The English Setter is a healthy breed, but there are certain health issues that you should check with your vet regularly.
Veterinarian Visits
How often does the English Setter breed need to go to the vet? How often should you take your dog to the vet? How often should the English Setter see the vet?
Average
The English Setter should have a complete physical check-up at least once per year. If your dog shows any symptoms, call your veterinarian.
Life Expectancy
How long do English Setter dogs live? What is the average lifespan of this breed? How old can a English Setter be? What is the age limit of the English Setter? How many years can the oldest English Setter live?
10-12 years
The average lifespan of English Setter: 11 years
Hypoallergenic
Is the English Setter breed hypoallergenic?
No
English Setters don't do well with allergy sufferers by causing allergic reaction. Some of the dog breeds are even considered to higher the possibility of an allergic response. Coat type isn't necessarily relevant, because most people are allergic to dander (flakes on the dog's skin) or saliva, not actually to dog hair.
Energy Level
How much energy does the English Setter have? What is the activity level of the English Setter?
English Setters have a higher energy level than other dog breeds. If you want a dog for snuggling on the couch, this breed isn't the perfect choice for you.
Activity Requirement / Exercise Need
How much exercise does {name_prefix} need? How much exercise do English Setter dogs require per day?
English Setters need a lot of exercises. Long walks should be on a daily schedule. If you live an active life, this breed can be a good choice for you.
Sleeping Need
How much sleep does the English Setter breed need?
English Setters are quite energetic dogs and they don't spend too much time with sleeping. If you live an active life, this breed can be a good choice for you.
Average daily food consumption
How much food does {name_prefix} need? What dog products should I buy? How much food does {name_prefix} breed eat per day? What is good dog food for English Setter? How much food should I feed my English Setter?
4 to 5 cups of high-quality dry food a day, divided into two meals.
Weight Gain Potential / Prone to Obesity
How easy to gain weight for this dog? English Setter risk for obesity:
High: The English Setter breed has a strong tendency to be overweight. Try to find the happy medium between exercise and feeding. If you want to keep balance, increase the amount and frequency of your daily dog walk and play with the English Setter more often. If you notice any weight gain, consult your veterinarian and make a diet plan. Reduce unhealthy food and snacks, and measure the English Setter's weight regularly.
Weather and Climate
Which weather condition is preferred by this dog? Can they tolerate hot or cold weather and climate?
Prefers average to cold weather conditions
The English Setter can adapt to well to cold weather conditions, some dogs even can be a good mountain dog.
Stinkiness
How stinky is this dog? Why does it smell bad and how to get rid of the smell?

Medium

The English Setter has an average chance of bad smell. Top reasons for dog stinkiness: infection of bad tooth/ear/skin folds, gas attacks.
Drooling Tendency
Does the English Setter drool?
The English Setter is a perfect example of a low drooling tendency. If you dislike being covered by slobber spots on your clothes, the English Setter could be a good choice for you. Drooling is the unintentional saliva flowing outside of the mouth. It can be completely normal or a sign of a health problem. Certain dog breeds drool less than others, just like the English Setter. If you notice any change in your dog's drooling habit, you should contact a vet as soon as possible.

English Setter As a Working Dog

Service Dog
Are they good as service dogs? Can English Setter be a guide dog? Are they used as seeing-eye dogs?

Not really

This breed generally not used as a service dog. A service dog is a term used in the USA to refer to any type of assistance dog specifically trained to help people who have disabilities, such as visual impairment, hearing impairments, mental disorders, seizures, mobility impairment, and diabetes. Service dogs are protected under the ADA (Americans with Disabilities Act). English Setter is not the best breed for service purposes.
Therapy Dog
Are they good as therapy dogs? Can English Setter be a therapy dog? Are they good anxiety dogs? Can a English Setter be an emotional support animal?

Not really

This breed generally not used as a therapy dog. A therapy dog is a dog that might be trained to provide affection, comfort, and love to people in hospitals, retirement homes, nursing homes, schools, hospices, disaster areas, and to people with anxiety disorders or autism. English Setter is not the best breed for therapeutic purposes.
Detection Dog or Sniffer Dog
Are they good as detection dogs? Can English Setter be a sniffer dog?

Not really

They are not typically employed for this type of work, but there may be exceptional cases. A detection dog or sniffer dog is a dog that is trained to use its senses (mostly its smell) to detect substances such as explosives, illegal drugs, wildlife scat, currency, blood, and contraband electronics such as illicit mobile phones. English Setter is not the best breed for detection purposes.
Search and Rescue Dog (SAR)
Are they good as SAR dogs? Can English Setter be a search and rescue dog?

Not really

This dog breed is not typically used as a search and rescue dog. The use of dogs in search and rescue (SAR) is a valuable component in wilderness tracking, natural disasters, mass casualty events, and locating missing people. The English Setter is not the best breed for SAR purposes.
Boat and Sailor Dog
Are they good as boat dogs? Can English Setter be a boat dog?

Yes

English Setter breed usually likes being on a boat.

Boat dogs were typically bred for their strength, stamina, and water resistance, as they were often required to perform tasks such as pulling in fishing nets, and jumping into the water to retrieve ropes or lines, or helping to move cargo.

Sailor dog is a type of dog that was bred to accompany sailors on their voyages. They were typically used for three purposes: as a working dog, as a watchdog, and as a companion. A boat dog is a term used to describe a type of dog that was traditionally bred and used as a working dog on boats.

Cart Pulling or Drafting Dog
Are they good as cart pulling dogs? Can English Setter be a drafting dog?

Not really

A drafting dog or draft dog is a dog bred and used for cart pulling. Dogs bred for this work have strong builds and qualities that are needed, strength and determination. English Setter is not the best breed for drafting purposes.
Fighting Dog / Military Dog
Where English Setter dogs used as fighting / military dogs in history?

Not really

In history, this breed was not really used for combat dog.

English Setter Reproducibility

Gestation Length
How long is {name_prefix} pregnant?How long does it take to have puppies? How to tell if the English Setter breed is pregnant?

60-64 days

Reproductive cycle of the female English Setter: The first period called Proestrus lasts for about 9 days.

During this time the females start to attract males. You can notice by swelling vulva and bloody discharge.

The second part is the Estrus when the female is receptive for the male. It lasts for about 3 to 11 days.

The sign of the proestrus part is the soft and enlarged vulva. The discharge decreases and lightens in color.

The third part is the Diestrus. Normally, it occurs around day 14. In this period the female’s discharge changes for vivid red and coming to its end. The vulva returns to average, and she will no longer permit mating.

The fourth part called the Anestrus. The time frame between heat periods normally lasts about six months.

Litter Frequency

Once a year.

More frequent breeding is not healthy. It is very important not to buy a dog from a puppy mill, where the needs of the pups and their mothers are ignored. It's an inhumane high-volume dog breeding facility, where puppies born several times a year.
Litter Size
How many puppies can the English Setter have in a litter? How many puppies can the English Setter breed have for the first time? How many puppies does {name_prefix} have?
4-6 puppies

English Setter Recognition

AKC Group
Is English Setter recognized by the American Kennel Club?
Recognized by the American Kennel Club in 1878 as a Sporting breed.
FCI Group
Is English Setter recognized by the Fédération Cynologique Internationale (FCI)?
Recognized by FCI in the Pointing Dogs group, in the British and Irish Pointers and Setters section.
Breed Recognition
What kennel clubs and organizations recognize or register the English Setter breed?
Unknown

English Setter Pros and Cons

Pros
  • Intelligent Rank: Smart: English Setter's has great intelligence.
  • Trainability: English Setters are easy to train.
  • Drooling Tendency: The English Setter is a perfect example of a low drooling tendency.
  • Child Friendly: English Setters are very kid-friendly dogs.
  • Cat Friendly: English Setters are cat-friendly dogs.
  • Dog Friendly: English Setters are very dog-friendly dogs.
  • Senior Citizens Friendly: English Setters are one of the best breeds for elderly people.
  • Good For First Time Owners: English Setters are good for novice owners, due to their easy-going personality.
  • Boat and Sailor Dog: English Setter breed usually likes being on a boat.

    Boat dogs were typically bred for their strength, stamina, and water resistance, as they were often required to perform tasks such as pulling in fishing nets, and jumping into the water to retrieve ropes or lines, or helping to move cargo.

    Sailor dog is a type of dog that was bred to accompany sailors on their voyages.

Cons
  • Hypoallergenic: English Setters don't do well with allergy sufferers by causing allergic reaction.
  • Apartment Friendly: Not an apartment-friendly dog the English Setter breed.
  • Weight Gain Potential / Prone to Obesity: High: The English Setter breed has a strong tendency to be overweight.
  • Mouthiness: English Setters have a higher than average tendency to nip, chew, play-bite, or herd people.
  • Impulse to Wander or Roam: English Setters have high wanderlust potential, which means that this breed has a strong desire for exploring the world.
  • Tolerates Being Left Alone: English Setters do best when a family member is at home during the day or if their workplace is dog-friendly so they can take the dog at work.
  • Office Friendly: English Setter is not the best dog breed for office environment.

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English Setter Comments, Reviews and Questions

  • finley

    Mar 12, 2021, 3:20:02 PM:

    So good!

  • Gina

    Feb 13, 2021, 6:31:17 PM:

    We have a Llewellin Setter and she has been a great dog.