Breeds of dogs: English Setter

Breeds of dogs: English Setter

Origin, classification and history

Origin: Great Britain.
F.C.I classification: Group 7 - standing dogs.

The origins of the English setter are common to those of the "Red Irish Setter". This breed would derive from the ancient Epagneul, the so-called "quail hound" or "Chien d’oysel". Breed widespread throughout Europe. Italian herds produce very large subjects.

General aspect

Medium sized dog. It is considered the most beautiful and most fascinating of all set dogs. It is, like the "Irish Setter", a light mesomorph, whose trunk lies in the square. It is a breed that conveys great elegance and is characterized by a great phlegm. Its charm derives from the fact that, in addition to its morphology of irrefutable beauty, during hunting it stands out and always stands out.


Very cheerful and lively dog. It is an affectionate breed and very attached to the owner. It is also suitable for being in direct contact with children. He is an exceptional set dog. Strange to say, but this breed is also widely used for the company and especially as a show dog. Some attention must be paid to the ears: it is very easy for foreign bodies to insinuate themselves.

English setter (photo

English setter (photo

English setter (photo Lilly M.)


- males between 65 and 68 cm
- females between 61 and 65 cm.
Weight: from 25 to 30 kg.

Trunk: it is in the rectangle. Its back is straight, the kidney muscular and arched.
Head and muzzle: long, dry, light head. The skull has the same length as the muzzle. The skull cap is slightly convex; the craniofacial axes are parallel. Stop accentuated, but not abrupt.
Truffle: always black in color.
Teeth: correct and complete teeth. Scissor joint.
Neck: of right length. Well tense and robust.
Ears: they are attached low, hanging without moving away from the cheeks.
Eyes: they are large, expressive, of the darkest hazelnut color possible; a little less dark in white-orange subjects.
Limbs: they are perfectly perpendicular.
Shoulder: of right inclination.
Pace: casual and dynamic.
Musculature: excellent development.
Tail: it is inserted high, thick and robust at the root. It is carried rather low than high. Slightly curved in the shape of an inverted sickle.
Hair: fine, striped, of silky texture, 5-6 cm long. Fringes the neck, the sternal region, the posterior margin of the limbs, the buttocks and the tail. Abundant undercoat only in winter.
Allowed colors: black and white tending to blue, white-orange, white and brown, tricolor.
Most common defects: prognathism, enognatism, monorchidism, cryptorchidism, limbs not perpendicular, long or open feet, clear eyes, badly worn ears, obesity, atypical of the head, excessive or insufficient angles of the posterior, too narrow skull, depigmented truffle, badly carried tail, measures out of standard, defective rear, incorrect gait, shy character.

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The English Setter
Choice of the puppy, standard, education, feeding, health, reproduction
Filippo Cattaneo - De Vecchi Edizioni - February 2008
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Video: English Setter puppy sings for his supper (September 2021).