English Setter

Sporting Group

Three English Setters (two adults and one puppy) in front of a white background

Height at Shoulders

Females 23-25 in, Males 25-27 in

Weight

Females 45-55 lbs, Males 65-80 lbs

Life Expectancy

10-12 yrs

History

The English Setter originated on the estates of Englishmen about 400 years ago. They sought a birding dog that was able to locate birds without scaring them away. Spaniels and pointers were crossed to create the English Setter, who will sit and wait, or "set", quietly when they locate game birds.

Breed Characteristics

While not all English Setters will display the exact characteristics typical of the breed, most share a personality and temperament can be generalized by the characteristic rankings below. 

Intelligence

Affection Towards Family

Friendliness Towards Strangers

Friendliness Towards Other Dogs

Exercise Needs

★★★★★

★★★★★

★★★★★

★★★★★

★★★★☆

Energy Level

Sensitivity

Noise Level

Prey Drive

Shedding

★☆

★★★★☆

★☆

★★

★☆

Intelligence

★★★★★


Affection Towards Family

★★★★★


Friendliness Towards Strangers

★★★★★


Friendliness Towards Other Dogs

★★★★★


Exercise Needs

★★★★☆


Energy Level

★☆


Sensitivity

★★★★☆


Noise Level

★☆


Prey Drive

★★


Shedding

★☆

Common Traits

Affectionate, friendly, gentle, and patient

Energetic, playful, and require at least an hour of vigorous exercise per day

Known to "counter surf", or steal food off the counter

Take longer than many breeds to fully mature and will keep puppy-like characteristics for a few years

Known to wander off looking for birds and have great jumping and digging abilities, which makes for a great escape artist