English Setter

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Average size and lifespan

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Height: 1ft 11in - 2ft 3in
Weight: 45-80lbs
Lifespan: 11 - 15 Years


  • Affection5/5
  • Kid-Friendly3/5
  • Stranger-Friendly5/5
  • Dog-Friendly3/5
  • Barking Amount3/5


  • Grooming Difficulty3/5
  • Shedding Amount4/5
  • Easy to Train5/5
  • Can Be Alone3/5
  • Exercise Need4/5


  • Cold Tolerance4/5
  • Heat Tolerance3/5
  • Apartment-Friendly1/5

English Setter Information

English SetterThis gentlemanly dog is a mellow, friendly guy who makes a great bird hunting dog and a wonderful family pet. This English Setter is a good-looking dog: long and lean build; soulful eyes; a plume-like tail; and a splashy coat featuring a “belton” speckled pattern in orange, lemon or liver.

The English Setter has served as a bird dog for nearly 400 years and is believed to be a cross of the Spanish Pointer, Springer Spaniel and large Water Spaniel. His obedient nature leads to an excellent training experience. He loves other pets and children alike, which is great if you have a full house. This merry chap brings a giant dose of joy to any home!

All dogs have their own personality and unique training, causing them to differ slightly from these breed stats. However, please let us know if we made an error in the stats, we appreciate your help!

Breed FAQs

Can English Setters be apartment dogs?

English Setters don't do very well in apartments. It's recommended to look at another breed better suited to apartment-living.

Can English Setters be left alone?

While English Setters prefer to be around their owners, they can do fairly well when left alone if necessary.

Are English Setters good with kids?

English Setters can do fine with kids. They will require some monitoring and training to make sure they get along and react well to unpredictable behavior.

Are English Setters friendly with strangers?

English Setters love other people and will tend to run up to them for affection. They quickly become great friends with anyone.

Do English Setters get along with other dogs?

Although English Setters will mostly get along with other dogs, they may have some issues. They can typically be dealt with by socializing them with other dogs.

Do English Setters bark a lot?

As far as dogs go, English Setters bark an average amount. You can expect them to bark to alert you, get your attention, or when there are strangers or other dogs.

Do English Setters shed a lot?

English Setters shed quite a bit. You'll need to brush them often to limit the hair on your floors and clothing.

Do English Setters need a lot of grooming?

Although English Setters require a medium amount of maintenance to keep their coats healthy. Simple tasks like brushing and bathing will suit this breed.

Do English Setters need a lot of exercise?

The English Setter has a good amount of energy and will need to be exercised with some walks and play to keep them happy.

Are English Setters easy to train?

The English Setter is smart and extremely trainable. They will learn commands quickly and love the bond of training with their owner.

Can English Setters handle cold weather?

English Setters do well in cold weather. You may need to protect their paws, but they'll do well in colder climates.

Can English Setters handle hot weather?

Although English Setters can tolerate hot conditions, be careful not to expose them for too long.

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