English Setter Dogs

Active outdoors and relaxed indoors, English Setters are very adaptable companions. They also have impeccable manners, treating both family members and new faces with respect and kindness. English Setters can also be a little sensitive: They appreciate lots of attention and want to be involved with their families. English Setters are extremely athletic outside, making them the perfect jogging partners. Yet, they have a gentle and playful way with children.

English Setter

English Setter Pictures

  • English Setter dog named Sophie
  • English Setter dog named Pando
  • English Setter dog named Calliope
  • English Setter dog named T-Bone
  • English Setter dog named Molly Ann
  • English Setter dog named Allie
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Quick Facts

  • 65 – 80 pounds | male
    45 – 55 pounds | female
  • 25 - 27 inches | male
    23 - 25 inches | female

Ideal Human Companions

    • Outdoorsy types
    • Singles
    • Retirees
    • Families
    • Joggers

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Trademark Traits

    • Easygoing
    • Sensitive
    • Athletic
    • Dependable
    • Outgoing
    • Elegant

Things You Should Know

Loaded with stamina and strength, English Setters need plenty of room to run. So, they might get a little restless living in an apartment. A good, vigorous walk every day will keep them healthy and happy.

English Setters can live as long as 12 years. Generally healthy, some English Setters can develop hip and elbow dysplasia. They are fairly easy to groom, just needing a good brushing every few days. English Setters shed very little.

English Setter History

Believed to be a cross between the Water Spaniel, Spanish Pointer and Springer Spaniel, the English Setter has been a cherished bird dog in Britain since at least the 16th century. To this day, the English Setter is cherished for its beauty and dependability, as both a sporting dog and a household companion.

The Look of a English Setter

English Setters have refined, medium-sized frames covered in silky speckled coats that grow long on the ears, tails and chests. Their lean heads have long, square muzzles, dark round eyes and medium-length ears. They have elegant necks that slope down to deep chests and level backs. Their long, tapered tails are usually carried horizontally. Overall, the English Setter combines gracefulness and strength.

Talk About English Setters 

A dog that loves to run

I have a field-type English Setter who was a rescue. He is about 2 years old and has a huge amount of energy and a delightful, affectionate, cheerful personality.

Unless you have a very large fenced yard or can provide a lot of opportunities for exercise, this would be a hard dog to live with. I let my dog run it off in his fenced-in field before I take him on a walk.

Also, I always have him on a leash unless he is fenced in, as he can run really fast and far. Inside he is much calmer and does well with our cats.

He is absolutely adorable, but he is very different from the labs and retrievers I've had. Heis very attuned to flying things real and imaginary and when outside he is instinctively looking for birds so he is not that focused on people. Inside, he follows me around!

~Ally J, owner of an English Setter

Playful and goofy!

I have two English Setter mix pups. They have a lot of energy and are fun to play with. They are very playful and goofy. I have two Labs also and they all play together very well. I would tell someone thinking about this breed that they better have time to exercise, train and socialize their dogs.

~Deidra W., owner of two English Setters