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Rorschach

English Setter

Overall satisfaction

5/5

Acquired: Breeder (hobby breeder)

Gender: Male

Training: Previous owner

Quick to learn and train

5/5

Emotionally stable

5/5

Family oriented

5/5

Child safety

3/5

Safe with small pets

3/5

Doesn’t bark a lot

5/5

Health

5/5

Easy to groom

2/5

Great watch dog

3/5

Great guard dog

3/5

Rorschach, the English Setter

By

United States

Posted June 30, 2015

We got an English Setter originally as a companion dog to our Weimaraner. He's about 7 years old now, and we have found him to be an excellent family dog. He was very easy to housetrain and responds very well to obedience training. He's pretty shy and a little skittish - I'm not sure if this is normal for the breed or just his personality, but he minds us very well. However, when strangers come to the house, he is immediately on the defensive and barks a lot. He stops when we tell him to, but he definitely has a built-in alarm system. He gets along well with our other dog and three cats, but he does enjoy chasing the cats, which they do not find amusing. He is good with our kids but nervous around them, and we think it's because he's afraid of stepping on them and getting into trouble. We've noticed that he tries to stay away from our toddler and has even growled when the toddler has tried to play with him.

Pros:
Great family dog, loves all people
Calm
Good hunting dog
Enjoys being active but doesn't need tons of exercise

Cons:
Sheds a lot
Nervous around the babies
Skittish in certain situations (hates having nails clipped, for instance)

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