English Setter Temperament and Lifespan

11 march 2015 by Andrew Richmond

The English Setter is a kind, affectionate, and gentle dog. As he is considered to be a sporting dog, he is always lively and active. But you will not be exhausted by his activeness. An English Setter is a good watchdog, as he will always inform you of someone approaching your home with loud barking. However, he behaves in a very friendly way with people introduced to him by his master. English Setters are ready to work with people. They have a hunting heritage due to which they can be used for hunting. They were initially bred in a village. However, they are independent thinkers and can be not obedient sometimes. Thus, they need consistent and kind training involving praise and food rewards. The English Setter usually lives from 11 to 15 years.

How Much Does a English Setter Cost and Price Range

A well-bred purebred English Setter costs $600-2000 nowadays. There are also show/performance individuals which will be even more expensive. The price charged by a breeder is not always an indicative of the quality of their dogs. When looking for a good dog consider that the breeder should be a member of a regional breed club, the national breed club, or a local AKC-member all-breed club. The breeder has to inform you who parents of the puppy are, what titles they have and the pedigree of dogs involved in the breeding. Ask the breeder abut health tests and dog's shots. Avoid buying a Setter from rescues or pet stores.

English Setter Colors, Shedding, Full Size and Average Weight

The English Setter has an attractive and charming coat that usually lies flat without waves or curls. There is feathering on the chest, ears, belly, backs of the legs, underside of the thighs, and on the tail. This makes the dog look very pretty but can interfere with the Setter's progress in the contest. Coat colors include orange or lemon belton, blue belton, liver belton, blue belton and tan. The coat may have darker hairs all over the body. The dog needs proper grooming to support his stunning coat. Brush your pet at least three times a week with a stiff bristle brush. You can use a steel comb to remove any mats or tangles. Bathe him every six weeks to keep him smelling well. The English Setter sheds, but regular brushing will help to control the amounts of hair in your house. Males are 25 to 27 inches tall and weigh 65 to 80 pounds; females are 23 to 25 inches tall and weigh 45 to 55 pounds.

English Setter Breed Characteristics, Information and Facts

This graceful dog loves people and possesses an easygoing nature that can make him a great friend for an active owner. Due to his hunting skills he can be used for this activity as well. He is not standoffish toward strangers, thus, he makes a bad watchdog. However, the Setter will bark to inform his people that someone is approaching. He is not good at obedience competition and is a little difficult to train. This is a quiet dog when he is indoors, but as soon as he gets outside he loves to run and play a lot.