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English Setter

As published in Canadian Dogs Annual
English Setter
21-27” (54-69 cm) 60-75 lb (27-34 kg) Moderate length, straight flatcoat with feathering. Rich chestnut or mahogany red with no trace of black. May have white markings.

The name English Setter comes from the practice of “setting”, a game bird hunting style that involves the dog stealthily creeping up on his prey. As this working breed’s name indicates, the English setter has been used all over the U.K. since the 1300s, although it’s believed to be a descendant of the Spanish land spaniel. In the 19th century, Edward Laverack, and later Purcell Llewellin, created breeding programs that led to the development of the English Setter as we know him today on both sides of the Atlantic – a skilled, elegant-looking gun dog who’s a winner in the show ring as well as at field trials.


Despite their history as hunters, English Setters are friendly, affectionate and mild-mannered. They enjoy playing with children, make good household companions, and are willing to please. They love to run and hunt, and may become diggers and roamers if allowed free rein.

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