|Group:||Gundogs (Group 3)|
|Club:||English Setter Association Of Victoria Inc|
|Contact:||Mrs Michaela Barraclough|
|Phone:||0432 787 029|
Background English Setters are gundogs. The breed was known in England in Elizabethan times, although the modern English Setter was developed only during the last century. Used by hunters to locate upland game such as quail and partridge, the breed is enthusiastic when at work, having a keen game sense. In the field it ranges out from the hunter and on locating game, drops before it in a crouch. This instinct is still strong in lines bred both for the show ring and as companions. English Setters look forward to and enjoy their exercise. Once the daily walk is over they are quite content to curl up at the feet of their owner or, better still, their bed!
Average Lifespan When considering a dog, please realise that you are taking it on for its lifetime. English Setters on average live from 10 to 12 years of age.
Breed Personality/Characteristics/Temperament English Setters are intensely friendly by nature. Well mannered with other dogs and loyal and affectionate by disposition, this breed is ideal as a companion for adults and children. As with all dogs, young children and pets should always be supervised when together. English Setters are truly reliable in temperament and thoroughly deserve the honour of being called "the gentlemen and gentlewomen of the dog world". This is a dog that thrives on human contact so English Setters will not take happily to being left to their own resources for long periods of time.
Activities The English Setter Association of Victoria says that English Setters participate in conformation (dog shows), tracking and field trials.
Compatibility with other pets Being such good-natured dogs, English Setters will live happily with most pets. They are social animals and are best kept with another dog.
Care Requirements English Setters are active dogs that benefit from regular exercise. If they do not receive a daily walk and/or run in the park, they will tell you about it by either barking for attention or digging holes in the garden. Such behaviour is not specific to this breed, but is typical of any dog that becomes frustrated through lack of attention. Although a long-coated breed, English Setters possess a silky textured coat that is easy to maintain. Brushing or combing for ten minutes twice a week is sufficient to groom the coat. However, it is always a good idea to check for grass seeds or burrs immediately after a romp in the open. This way you will prevent coat tangles, and foreign bodies from entering the skin, eyes and ears. Show dogs are kept in show trim. Most breeders are prepared to help new owners master the technique. It is not necessary to keep a pet English Setter this way, but making sure the coat is clean, free of tangles, plus trimming away knots beneath the ears and excess hair from between the toes, will make for a happy and healthy dog. Between baths, a sprinkle of talcum powder brushed through the coat will help keep your dog smelling sweet.
Please Take Note English Setters are usually good eaters and, if you are not careful, will lure you with their gentle, brown eyes into feeding them far too much. English Setters were bred to find game so they love running and, when they fix on a scent or give chase to a bird, they can become heedless to possible dangers such as cars and busy roads. So you must ensure your English Setter is only allowed to run free in a perfectly safe area.
Ideal Owner/s If you have a young family and want them to grow up with a reliable, even-tempered dog, and if you enjoy regular exercise and quality time with a loyal, good natured companion, then the English Setter is for you.
In Conclusion Now you know a little about the English Setter and have decided this is the dog for you or you want more information, make contact with the English Setter Association of Victoria or Dogs Victoria. They will be able to give you information about available puppies and also suggest dog shows where you can see the breed and speak to breeders. In this way you will gain a better perspective of the breed and its needs.
Searching for an English Setter puppy Be sure your puppy comes with ANKC registration paper and pedigree. Request to see evidence of hip scores for both parents – the lower the score, the better. Both scores (right and left) should be below the breed average and not exceed the breed average when combined. Please contact club for current average. At the time of publication, the current average is approximately 20. When viewing the litter and premises look for cleanliness, access to all animals on premises, happy, outgoing puppies and dogs, adequate housing and exercise areas. The English Setter Association of Victoria also recommends that a responsible breeder will provide you with a recommended feeding program, general health requisites and vaccination requirements.