English Setter Breed Information and Photos

A friendly breed that with plenty of exercise, makes a wonderfully devoted family pet. This page contains English setter breed information and photos.


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Breed Description: The mottled color of the English Setter makes it easy to distinguish from other breeds of Setter. This friendly breed is an extremely responsive gun dog that also makes a loving and devoted companion.

Group: Sporting Group

Purpose of Breed: Retrieving birds

Country of Origin: England

Average Size: Dogs range 24-27 inches and 55-80 pounds. Bitches range between 23-26 inches and 45-70 pounds.

Color(s): Combinations of black & white, white & orange, white & lemon, white & chestnut or tricolor. Speckling is often present.

Coat Type: The English Setter's coat is long and silky. Hair on the legs and thighs is feathered to the feet. The English Setter's coat requires regular brushing in order to maintain its silky sheen. This breed is an average shedder and should be checked for burrs and tangles that can embed themselves in its fur.


Grooming: The Setter's coat needs regular brushing to maintain its shiny appearance. This breed requires standard care for eyes, pads and nails. Its long ears should be cleaned and examined regularly.

Exercise Needs: This breed grows restless indoors and needs a high amount of daily exercise to maintain physical and mental health. A fenced yard is also ideal.

Temperament: This friendly breed is sweet and gentle and makes a wonderfully devoted family pet. English Setters do not make good kennel dogs are happiest when they feel like part of the family. They are playful and enjoy the company of children and get along well with other family pets. In general, the English Setter is good-natured and mellow, but this breed can have a tendency to bark if not properly trained when young.


Common Ailments: Prone to false pregnancies, hip and elbow dysplasia and obesity.

Life Expectancy: Averages 10-12 years.

Trivia: The three most common setters-English, Gordon and Irish-are really three separate breeds, not just variations on color. The term "setter" refers to the way they sit ("set") after locating game.

More Information: English Setter Association of America, Inc.

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Bella is a nearly 3 year old English Setter. Bella had been owned by some people in Spokane. They were having a hard time keeping her contained in their backyard and needed to find her a better home.


My husband fell in love with Bella on first sight, after my son's girlfriend was given the dog. Bella loves to watch the birds and runs like the wind. She is as soft as a bunny rabbit.

By Sally

Bella (English Setter)

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February 8, 2011

Toby resembles an English Setter and Dusty Beagle is a Beagle. In the photo, they were around 6 months and 10 months old. We rescued Toby from a Craigslist ad and found Dusty at a construction site that my son and I worked at.

They love to chase each other, wrestle, and play tug of war with each other. Toby is older, but he thinks he is just as little as the beagle. They are best friends!


By Martha

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February 13, 2010

Gracie is 8 years old. She is an English Setter. I got her December 2001. She likes to eat the legs off the furniture and occasionally plays with her toys. Gracie is a free spirit who finds the world one big adventure meant just for her. She is kind, silly, sweet, generous (whenever she hears someone coming in the door she grabs one of her doggie toys and brings it to whomever is here. :) She gets so excited when someone comes in that she wags her tail so hard she bends at the ribcage, it looks hysterically funny - her butt wiggles so hard she looks like she will break in two. She is very sweet in a silly kind of way.

She also can get into more trouble than any three dogs her size; from chewing the chair legs to rearranging bedding to her liking; burying her dog toys in middle of my bed; removing the garland from the Christmas tree without knocking off a single ornament (I'd have loved to have watched her do that!); and she occasionally bites the vacuum, it has an aluminum cover - she left teeth marks. That's our Gracie.


She watches everything going on outside any window she can see out of and alerts everyone within earshot of anything that she deems not as it should be.Gracie has a lot of nicknames: Gracie Girl, Goofus, Wiggles, Wiggies, Wigglebutt, but more often than not it's "GRACIE, STOP THAT!" To me, she will always be My Little Valentine.She is not a "perfect" setter, her features are crooked and a bit off, but to me, she is the sweetest little lady I know. We love her very much (even when she bites the vac).

By sheepie from Upper Midwest

Gracie (English Setter)

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September 21, 2005

Thunder is a 7 year old English Setter. Fun activities: running, being with people since he's a very social dog.

Thunder (English Setter)

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January 26, 2005

This is a picture of our little fur faced daughter, Lady and a dear friend's daughter, Amanda, when she was about 6 months old. Lady and Amanda are best buddies.

Lady (English Setter)

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