Acquired: Breeder (professional)
Training: I’ve taught bird care / training techniques
Posted February 28, 2015
English setters are a premier breed for hunting birds. They're oftentimes used for hunting upland birds such as quail, pheasant, and grouse. They're a medium-sized dog, who are part of the Setter family that includes Irish setters and Gordan setters.
They are mainly white and black or white with black and brown with a medium length coat. They have "feathers" on their legs, belly, and tails. These feathers need regular maintenance, especially if the dog has been hunting where there are weeds and prickly plants.
While they are gentle, they can be a bit high-strung. They require a fairly strong hand and a firm voice. They can be mischievous and a bit stubborn. As puppies, English setters require a good deal of hands-on training in order to be a better hunting and family companion.
They are lean and muscular. They are natural athletes and will require regular exercise. The English setters bred for show usually have a thicker coat. The American version is the Llewellin setter.
They work best with active families or with someone who likes to bird hunt. They make great indoor pets, as they tend to be very people-friendly.