English Setters are medium-sized, elegant dogs, which has helped the breed win over admirers across the world. These family dogs are mild-mannered, loving and sociable.
Active and highly skilled hunters, they are exceptionally friendly dogs with a very gentle character. They will be happy to take part in almost any physical activity, from long walks to endurance and agility.
Source: key facts and characteristics sourced from Fédération Cynologique Internationale (FCI)
FCI Group 7, AKC Sporting Group
Avg life expectancy
Lively / Friendly / Loving
Needs a lot of training
Requires outdoor space
Requires a lot of grooming
Origins of the breed
English Setters were developed as the Setting Spaniel as early as the 14th century by hunters that needed a pointer for game birds. Selection for this breed really got going in the 19th century thanks to the efforts of two men.
Edward Laverack is considered to be the father of the breed, while Richard Purcell Llewellin specialised in a separate line known as the Llewellin Setter.