American Canine Association


English Setter


Created by crossing the Spanish and French Pointer bloodlines in the early 1600s, the English Setter was originally named the "Setting Spaniel" for the way they would remain in place once hunting down prey for his or her owner. Being that this breed was first born in France, it has defiantly made it's way around the whole world as today this breed is very popular in the USA and is used for hunting, tracking, retrieving, agility competitions and watchdog abilities.


Males measuring 24-67 inches in height and weighing in between 55-80 pounds, with females closely behind measuring 23-26 inches in height and weighing in 45-70 pounds in weight. Built very tall, lean and long, the English Setter has a very elegant appearance. An oval shaped skull forms into a square muzzle with a nose that is most commonly black in color but can be brown as well. This breed has large pendant shaped ears that hang effortlessly along side of their face, as the ears should be at a starting point that is equal with the dogs eye level. The English Setter has a very long tail that is positioned upwards and curved. Their tail should have excess hair that feathers off of it. This breed has a single layer coat that should always demonstrate a natural shine and feels silky to the touch. This coat is available in white, yellow, brown and blue, please note that many coats have several different speckles and markings within the pattern.


The English Setter is an excellent addition to any family with children of all ages, elderly and other pets that they are able to grow up along side. This breed is known for being quiet and inactive indoors, however being extremely affectionate with its family members. Owners of this breed do note that the English Setter has a reputation for being difficult to house break. A wonderful watchdog, as the English Setter will become protective of his or her home and family whenever a stranger makes way on their property. This breed needs a daily walk as well as other physical activity outside to be calm indoors and not anxious. The English Setter is known for having digging habits outdoors, and without enough activity will become a "barker". This breed requires a firm and confident owner who is consistent and only uses positive reinforcement training methods.


Daily brushing is required to avoid knots and mats from forming. Special attention is needed around the coat on the tail and underneath of the dog. Bathe when needed. This breed is a average shedder.

Special Notes

Please note this breed gains weight extremely fast, so portion control is required. Females of this breed are prone to false pregnancies. Please fully educate yourself about this breed prior to adding one to your family to ensure this is the correct breed for you and that you are able to make a life long commitment to your new pup! A properly installed fence is highly recommended for your English Setter to ensure safety while roaming freely while outdoors. Do not add this breed to your home unless you are able to provide life long physical and financial care. All dogs originate from wolves (Canis Lupus). Each breed of dog was originally created by mixing different breeds together in an effort to bring forth certain characteristics. Once a breeder has created acceptable “breed characteristics” within their bloodline and these “breed characteristics” have shown to be reliably reproduced in the offspring for three (3) generations, the bloodline may be upgraded from the category of “foundation stock” to “pure-bred”. The same “pure-bred” breed standards vary from different continents, countries, territories, regions, breed clubs, and canine pure-breed registries depending on the goals of their breeders. Dog DNA testing companies can have accurate results for a specific bloodline of a small colony of dogs. However, there are tens of thousands of different bloodlines in the world which have not yet been tested for marker baseline results by Dog DNA testing companies as of 2017. For this reason Dog DNA testing companies do not guarantee the 100% accuracy of their breed lineage results and will also show different marker results for the same pure-bred breed in different continents, countries, territories, regions, breed clubs, and canine pure-breed registries depending on the goals of their breeders.

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