English Setter
(AKC Sporting Group)
English Setter

The English Setter is a beautiful, elegant, slim setter with a unique speckled coat. The long hair is flat, silky, and a bit wavy. The coat comes in white with black ("blue"), orange or, rarely, liver or lemon speckling. Some dogs are tricolor (black, white, and tan). The head is long, with a pronounced stop. The muzzle is approximately half the total length of the head, and is fairly square with somewhat pendant flews. The eyes and nose are dark. The moderately long pendant ears have a velvety tip. The topline is level or slightly sloping to the rear. The tail is straight and tapers to a small point. The chest is quite deep, but not wide. The tail, ears, legs, and underside are all heavily fringed.


An English breeder, Sir Edward Laverack, developed the English Setter from early French hunting dogs in the early 1800s. Laverack was so instrumental in establishing the breed that the English Setter is often called the Laverack Setter. Laverack's dogs were known for their great beauty, and are foundation stock for many of today’s top show dogs. Another English breeder, Llewellin, created a second famous hunting strain of English Setters. These are often called Llewellin Setters. The word "setter" comes from the almost "sitting" position the dog exhibits when he has discovered game. The English Setter is a vigorous, quick, and very quiet worker with an excellent nose. His coat keeps the dog comfortable in both hot and cold weather. The sweet personality of the English Setter and his gentleness with children make him a fine family companion dog.

Key Facts:



A very gentle, placid, friendly dog. Mild mannered and sensitive. Loves affection. Enthusiastic and lively outdoors. Somewhat willful. Should be trained early to prevent development of bad habits, but should never be harshly treated. Needs lots of companionship. Enjoys playing with other dogs.