This lovely family companion has a long and exciting history in hunting. They are an easy-going, loveable breed that makes a beautiful, well-rounded, and devoted family pet. The English Setter is ideally suited to a busy, active family who enjoy the outdoors.
|A devoted companion who is good-natured and loving.
|Especially good with children, they thrive in an active and loving home.
|Generally a healthy dog breed. However, like all dog breeds, the English Setter can be predisposed to specific health conditions.
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This breed loves to run and play; for this reason, it is vital you start training early to ensure your young pup grows into a well-trained dog. A solid recall is needed to allow your dog to run off leash and romp with other dogs, an activity they will cherish as they age. Positive reinforcement training is recommended, as with all breeds, the English Setter will not take well to harsh punishment training. They have been noted to get bored quickly in training, so ensure you use a good list of fun techniques to keep your dog’s attention on you. They excel in dog sports and anything that requires a good amount of brain and brawn power. As a natural and athletic hunter, they will adore anything along these lines for entertainment. Early socialisation is essential; consider enrolling in a local puppy preschool that can help with socialisation with other dogs. As many sights, sounds, smells and experiences in the early days will lead to a confident dog. Remember that this breed has been bred for work as an independent hunter. This trait must be considered when training is considered and suitability to your lifestyle.
This breed does need grooming to keep their stunning coat in good quality. Brushing at least three to four times a week, and for some (depending on their escapades) a daily groom is even better. They can be prone to matting, so take extra care to remove tangles with a steel comb brush. To prevent excessive shedding, keeping up with your grooming regime is crucial. As with all breeds with beautiful long ears, weekly checks and cleans are important to rule out any possible problems. Check for excess discharge or a smell and seek veterinary treatment if you are concerned. Nails should be trimmed regularly, and getting your wee puppy used to this procedure early on is a good idea.
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English Setters are generally a hardy breed, but like all dogs, they can be prone to specific health issues. Responsible breeding practices, regular veterinary check-ups, and a healthy lifestyle can contribute to the overall well-being of an English Setter. Some common health concerns associated with the breed include:
The English Setter is an athletic breed and will require a good amount of daily exercise to keep them happy and entertained. A good brisk walk in the morning and an afternoon off-leash run is advised. As your dog grows, they can make wonderful jogging companions. Remember not to overexercise your young pup and go at your dog’s pace to prevent problems.
The English Setter is self-thinking, independent dog. So, they rate pretty high in the intelligence stakes. Because of this independent nature, training must be kept fun and light. This breed has been used working a fair distance from the hunter, so this independent streak must be complemented with good training. It’s fundamental that you consider boredom-busting techniques when your pup is left alone. They are strong thinkers and will create their own form of entertainment if bored. They love to dig and bark, so attention must be given to avoid these problems due to boredom. A good, secure fence is also a must.
The English Setter makes an excellent family companion and is very tolerant of even the smallest of the human race. However, always teach your children to behave correctly around a dog and supervise all interactions. As too, teach your English Setter how to behave around children correctly. They love other animals, especially if they have been raised alongside them. However, please remember that they have been bred to chase birds, so this may need a lot more work and attention to train out this natural trait.
The English Setter is happiest in direct contact with their loving owners and should not be left alone all day. Your Setter will need a good amount of shade in the summer and a warm, cosy area in winter. A good, secure fence is paramount. These dogs are incredible jumpers and diggers, so check your fence regularly for possible escape routes. Always give your dog a ‘job’ when you are not home. Think treat-balls or fun toys that you rotate daily. They have been known to quickly become overweight if not exercised and fed correctly, so always take your ‘treat’ portions out of your dog’s daily food intake.
Responsible breeding practices that screen for genetic conditions can also help reduce the risk of inherited health problems in the English Setter. For this reason, it is highly advised only to source your new family member from a reputable breeder. Ask all the important questions about hereditary problems and ask to see Mum and Dad. Contact your local breed club and research your chosen breeder. Your breeder should have proof that they regularly test their dogs for genetic diseases and to ensure that the dogs they are breeding from have sound temperaments. It may take a little more time than a quick purchase, but it can prevent the pain and costs a sick puppy or dog can entail.
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