The mottled coloration of the English Setter serves to distinguish it from other breeds of setter. Essentially it is a working dog which can be developed into an extremely responsive gundog, and it requires a lot of exercise to remain healthy. A popular dog in the show ring, the breed's friendly nature guarantees it strong support. Careful grooming is important if this breed is to be seen at its best.
History of English Setter
The old Setting Spaniel is the probable ancestor of this breed. It was developed initially by a Mr. Edward Laverack, who began a breeding programme in 1825, and for a period these, dogs were known simply as Laverack Setters.
The term “setter” originates from the way such dogs “set” (sit) after they have located game.
Identification keys of English Setter
dark, hazel eyes
velvety tips to ears
close compact feet
tail froms a line with the back
feathering is longest towards middle of tail
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History of German […]
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History of Curly-Goated Retriever
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History of Field Spaniel
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History of Gordon Setter
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History of Large […]