English Setter

Other names: Setter Laverack, English Setter

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The English Setter is a medium-sized dog that stands out for its elegant demeanor and beautiful speckled coat. It is a formidable pointing dog, admirable life companion for families with or without children. He loves to play with them. He is gentle, intelligent and shows remarkable tenderness. His education is quite simple, his health very solid and his maintenance no more complicated than that. Perfect dog for hunting enthusiasts.



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Hair type Long
Origin UK
Template Average
Head shape Long
Weight and size
Sex Weight Cut
Female From 25 kg to 30 kg From 61 cm to 65 cm
Male From 25 kg to 30 kg From 65 cm to 68 cm
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History of the breed

Probably descending from an ancient pointer breed of Spanish origin and which would have been established in England in the Middle Ages , the breed of the English Setter will be established only around the middle of the 19th century. Edward Laverack, considered the founder of the breed. He fixed the breed in England around 1860 by focusing his work on aesthetics and his work, in order to make an exceptional working dog.

Today, the English Setter is the most common pointing dog in France. The English Serrer has great hunting qualities. He is considered to be one of the best pointing dogs, or at least one of the most used. The breed standard was established in 2009.

English Setter Pictures

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Physical features

His hair: like any setter, his hair is slightly wavy without being curly. Fringes cover the panties and the rear legs.
Its color: preferably speckled all over the body, its coat can be brown and white, black and white, lemon and white, orange and white, or even tricolor.
His head: long, light and expressive. The length of the skull is equal to that of the muzzle, which is square.
His ears: set low, they hang down along the cheeks and are characterized by strong folds, a downy end and a light and soft hair on their upper part.
His eyes: the look is expressive and brilliant. Oval in shape, not protruding, the eyes are hazelnut to brown in color.
His body: of medium length. The back is rather short and flat, while the kidney is quite broad and muscular. The chest is placed high and wide between the shoulder blades.
Its tail: thick at the base, it gradually becomes thinner to the tip, presenting long fringes, the starting point of which is located lower than the tail attachment.

Behavior and character

Barks / howls

Behavior with others

Cohabitation with children
Sociable with other animals
Love strangers

The English Setter is a dog that knows how to show its affection and its friendly nature towards children as well as towards other dogs. Lighthearted, enthusiastic and particularly active , he shows his advantage in the hunt, but he can just as well prove to be excellent company as a family dog. He is thus devoted to his master and his adoptive family. Which he will not have to force himself to fill her with affection, attention and tenderness . He is faithful and loyal , very intelligent , which makes him very endearing .

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The English Setter can be educated quite easily . We must use the method of positive reinforcement, with almost no punishments. As with all dogs, it is best to start training as early as possible, being firm, strict but also gentle . The Setter is very sensitive. His intelligence allows him not to be complicated to train. The recall is one of the orders to be taught first, because his desires for the hunt can sometimes make him deviate from its trajectory and cause some unexpected outings.

Living conditions

Suitable for apartment living
Good for new masters
Love it hot
Love the cold

The English Setter is both affectionate and very active. If he prefers to evolve over large expanses in rural areas , he can quite adapt to urban life, provided he offers enough opportunities to exercise. At home, he remains particularly gentle with children and is very attached to his master. He will have to leave his home several times a day to exercise. Once inside the house, he appreciates being in peace, lying down next to his master and thus resting. He doesn’t like loneliness.


Ease of gaining weight

A great lover of water, the English Setter does not hesitate to bathe during walks or hunting parties. Thus, he is frequently prone to ear infections . It will therefore be necessary to monitor the condition of his ears. In addition, the English Setter can have hip dysplasia . This predisposition can be detected early enough with a veterinarian. It will therefore be necessary to moderate the physical activity of this canine during the first years of its life, corresponding to its growth.

Hypoallergenic breed


Litter size

6 puppies

To protect you from these risks and insure your companion in the event of health problems, Woopets recommends an English Setter dog insurance .

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Life expectancy

Minimum: 10 years

Maximum: 14 years

The life expectancy of an English Setter is, on average, between 10 years and 14 years.

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Maintenance and hygiene

Ease of maintenance
Cost of maintenance
Hair loss
Drool level
Ease of grooming

The English Setter never balks at the effort and goes all out when taken for walks or hunting. It therefore tends to get dirty and leave parasites and plants on its coat. It is also recommended to have him take a bath when he has dived in a lake or swampy water. His ears should be cleaned regularly to avoid any infections and ear infections that he tends to develop.


Regular and meticulous brushing allows the English Setter to keep a healthy coat and stay healthy once or twice a week , and daily during the moult. Its hair must be the subject of special care during the moulting period. 2 to 4 annual groomings are necessary with, possibly, occasional visits to the professional groomer to detangle and cut his fringes.

Price and budget

Purchase price

1000 €
1500 €

The purchase price of an English Setter is between 1000 € and 1500 €.

Annual maintenance cost

€ 1,200
€ 1,250

The annual maintenance cost of an English Setter is between € 1,200 and € 1,250.

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A diet based on high quality kibble will do the trick for this dog who has a strong need for protein for his daily expenses. Moreover, if his owner prefers to replace the daily 500 grams to be swallowed by human food , there is no problem. Meat (about 350 grams), starches and fresh vegetables suit him perfectly.

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Physical activity

Energy level
Potential to play

The English Setter is a dog whose dynamism is to be channeled through regular walks and ideally decorated with games or obstacles . He prefers the great outdoors, which makes him a much more comfortable dog in a rural area, but he can quite adapt to city life, as long as he is entitled to daily outings. The English Setter must be able to go out several times a day. Thus, it is the perfect companion for bike rides or jogging.


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FCI Information



FCI Group

Group 7: Pointing dogs

Recognized by FCI

Since 1963


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