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Setter Dog

  • Setter Dog

    The Setter dog is a very elegant breed with a long, smooth coat and a head held high.  They are classed as gun dogs and were specifically bred to hunt out quarry, particularly birds.  They carry their head high as they catch the scent of the bird on the air.  Once a bird has been located the Setter dog will freeze or crouch,or set, allowing the bird to be flushed and subsequently shot.

    These days the dogs are more popular as family pets.  They are friendly and warm animals but do require quite a bit of attention.  They can get a little bored when left alone and do require quite a bit of exercise to satiate their endless supply of energy.

    If your working life or home cannot accommodate such a bright creature we suggest you follow through with your desire for a Setter dog and purchase our gorgeous chap. He is incredibly easy and he looks fabulous in any setting. Ours stands on the kitchen dresser surrounded by dog leads, gloves and newspapers still to be read!



    There are four breeds of Setter, the English, the Gordon, the Red and the Irish Red and White Setter.


    The Gordon Setter dog is the largest, reaching up to about 27” and is certainly the heaviest at about 80 lbs.  His coat is black and tan.  He has dense bone mass and is built for strength and stamina rather than speed.



    The English Setter is a little smaller at between 24 – 27 inches tall.  Like the Gordon Setter it has a long and flowing coat but with a slightly different colouring.  The English Setter has a ‘ticked’ pattern with white flecks and a contrasting coat.



    The Red Setter, often called the Irish Setter, is probably the most recognizable of the breed.  The coat is a beautiful red and long and silky, hanging in feathers around the legs.  This really is an elegant dog, standing up to 27” in height and being between 50 and 70 lbs in weight.  He is probably the healthiest of the breed with no significant health problems.  Gordon Setters are prone to retinal atrophy and English Setters have a tendency towards congenital deafness.



    The Red and White Setter dog is very similar to the Red Setter, as the name implies, but he is rather more stocky and less trim with two tone coat.



    The first description of a Setter dog in history seems to be in the ‘Hunting Book of Gaston Phoebus’ of France in 1387 and these Setting Spaniels described, or Setters as they are now known, were introduced to Britain in the later 1400’s.  Although these days we have the four breeds, there can be no doubt that their common origin was part old Spanish Pointer.

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