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Origin / History In 1500, the first breed of setter was developed in France. This breed was created using the French Pointer and the Spanish Pointer. Three centuries after that, the breed was brought to Great Britain. There, a man named Sir Edward Laverack worked on the development of the English Setter by using early French hunting dogs of the early 1800s. Due to Laverack's role in the development of the breed, the dogs were often called Laverack Setters. Laverack's dogs were known for their aesthetic appeal, and were used as the foundation stock for a lot of today's show dogs.

Aside from Laverack, though, another breeder, Llewellin, developed another strain of the English Setter. This strain came to be known as the Llewellin Setter. The term "setter" was coined because the dog goes into an almost sitting position when it discovers game. The English Setter has many talents, which include tracking, pointing, watchdogging, hunting, retrieving, and being agile.

Appearance English Setters have an elegant build and a slim body. These dogs have a narrow, deep chest and an elongated head that has a defined frontal stop. Their muzzle is around half the length of their head. They have large eyes that are hazel in colour and have a friendly expression. The nose of these dogs is dark, and their ears are pendant in shape. They have a straight tail that tapers to a point. The coat of these dogs is slightly wavy, flat and long, and has a silky texture. These dogs also have heavily fringed legs, ears and tail.

Colours The acceptable coat colours for this breed include lemon, brown, white with blue, or orange speckling. There are also some English Setters that are tri-coloured and have a coat that is blue, brown and white.

Temperament English Setters are very friendly, placid and gentle dogs. Sensitive and mild-mannered, these dogs get along well with children. Dogs of this breed are enthusiastic and lively when outdoors, but they can be relatively inactive when kept indoors. These dogs love affection and need companionship. They also get along excellently with other dogs. They also make great watchdogs and can be nuisance barkers if not discouraged early on.

Height and Weight Male dogs of this breed have a height that ranges from 24 to 27 inches and a weight of approximately 55 to 80 pounds. Females, on the other hand, are around 23 to 26 inches high and 25 to 70 pounds heavy.

Common Health ProblemsOwners should be careful not to overfeed English Setters because these dogs are prone to obesity. They are also susceptible to getting afflicted with hip dysplasia, and female English Setters can be prone to instances of false pregnancies.

Living Conditions These dogs are not supposed to be kept inside apartments. It would be best for English Setters to be provided with at least an average-sized yard.

Exercise Requirements English Setters need to go on long, brisk walks daily. When these dogs aren't given sufficient exercise, they may become restless and difficult to manage. These dogs will also enjoy being allowed to run in a large, secure area.

Training Requirements Dogs of this breed may be quite willful and can be difficult to housebreak. It's important for owners to start training early so that bad habits will be prevented from developing. These dogs should also be discouraged from excessive barking, otherwise, they will become nuisance barkers. It's best to train these dogs using firm methods. Owners should also keep in mind that harsh training methods should not be used on these dogs.

Life Expectancy These dogs are expected to live for approximately 10 to 12 years.

Grooming To keep the coat of these dogs in excellent condition, regular brushing and combing should be done. It's important to check for tangles and to give the dog extra care during shedding season. Bathing or dry shampooing these dogs should be done only when necessary. It's also advisable for owners to trim the hair found on the bottom of their dog's feet and to clip their nails.

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