Originating from England, these dogs were bred to hunt for small birds. English Setters are a part of the same family as other breeds like the Gordon Setter and Irish Setter.
The male dogs standing as tall as 25-27 inches while the females stand two inches shorter. Adult male English setters weigh between 65-80 pounds while the females weight between 45-55 pounds.
The English setter is an elegant and athletic hunting dog with the ability to run tirelessly at a good pace. Its trot is ground-covering and effortless, with the head held proudly and a lively tail. The coat is flat, with feathering on the ears, underside, backs of legs, underside of thighs, and tail.
Its markings are distinctive, consisting of flecks of color, sometimes with patches, on a white background. The combination of good looks and hunting ability make the English setter a perfect gentleman's hunting companion. The Laveracks tend to be larger, carry more feathering, often have deeper muzzles and usually hold their tails nearly level when on point. The Llewellins tend to be smaller and faster, with less coat and often larger patches of color. They tend to hold their tails straight up when on point.
The American Kennel Club formally recognized the English Setter in 1884. These medium energy dogs are known as mellow, friendly, and merry with an agreeable temperament. They are gentle but they can also be mischievous and strong-willed at times.
It is recommended to provide feed formulated to medium-sized breeds.
English Setters are moderately active. They are playful and busy, but will also enjoy staying at home with family. Give them daily exercise between 45 minutes to two hours to keep them healthy and happy.
This is especially true of dogs from field lines. If not given sufficient exercise, they can be overly lively inside. With daily exertion, however, they are calm and tractable house dogs.