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English Setter

Athletic and good natured (other names: Llewellin Setter, Llewellyn Setter, Laverack, Lawerack)

English Setter
origin:Great Britain
life expectancy:13 years
classification:Gun dog
height:61 to 69 cm
weight:25 to 30 kg
exercise: Demandingtraining: Easyclimate: Temperategrooming: Needs groomingfeeding: Mediumsize: Large
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History [ edit ]

Setters have a long history, but owe their improvement and nowadays look to Edward Laverack.

There are evidences of this breed existence since late middle age, making it the oldest Setter. However their ancestors are uncertain. It is suggested that the English Setter resulted from the crossbreeding of the Water Spaniel and the Spanish Pointer, there are many who add Springer types to the bowl.

We can pick up history in the early 1800s when Edward Laverack decided to perfect this English Setter so that it would be recognizable as a breed. Their effort of 35 years paid of. The English Setter was recognized by its beauty and elegance. Another English breeder, Purcell Llewellin, view the field potential of the English Setter and dedicated his efforts into breeding them for hunting. The English Setter is especially good in bird retrieving and bird setting. Today is also a highly appreciated dog company. 
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Temperament [ edit ]

The English Setter is a gentle dog, great with kids, but it needs a good socialization, since they tend to be shy is well reared. They are good with other dogs, but being a gundog, it needs supervision with smaller breeds. They can be good watchdogs, since they bark in alert when strangers approach, however, they aren´t suited to be guard dogs since they will treat them as friends.

This gundog is a very active and it needs a lot of exercise. Daily walks shoudn´t be neglected. Frequently, he should be allowed to run freely. The English Setter is a happy dog, but it usually doens´t like to live in an apartment and a yard well fenced is a good place to keep him during the day.

Intelligent, the English Setter is easy to train. But this training should start at early age, since, as a sensitive dog, they be quite willful sometimes.  
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General appearance [ edit ]

Strong and fast, the English Setter is more than just a pretty face, although his striking appearance catches everyone’s eyes. The English Setter is a large dog, reaching up to 69 cm in height and 30 kg in weight.

The coat, long, flat, silky and feathered, gives this dog his grace, while the colors make him unique. White is base color, freckled with orange belton, blue belton, lemon belton or liver belton markings. It can also be tricolor: white and blue belton with tan on the face and legs.

The shape of this slender gundog is much like the ones of its class: long head with stop and proportional to the body. The nose and eyes are dark; the ears are low and feathered and the muzzle is long and squared. The tail is straight, tapering to the tip.

There are two types of English Setters, the field and the show types, being the first one slightly smaller and lighter. 
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Health [ edit ]

Deafness, canine hip and elbow dysplasia are the major health concerns for this breed.

They also are prone to put on some weight so watch his diet carefully.

Setters need to be groomed frequently.  
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