Breed Info

HISTORY
of the
ENGLISH SETTER

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English Setter’s have been used to hunt birds in England for more than 400 years. Originally these dogs were taught to “set” their quarry until the hunter could capture the birds with a sportsman’s net, thus the name “setter.” Today these dogs use a more upright pointing stance with their nose pointing in the direction of the bird. It is theorized that the English setter was developed from land spaniels of Spain and from a cross of the Spanish Pointer, Water Spaniel and Springer Spaniel. It was not until the selective breeding program by Edward Laverack began in 1825, that the look (type) of these dogs was stabilized into a more uniform type. Following Edward Laverack was, Purcell Llewellin, another breeder who furthered Edward’s work by developing a breed of English Setter that would be a dual purpose dog. These dogs were bread to perform well in the field and be handsome show dogs. These two breeders are credited with developing the gun dog known as the English Setter. The English Setter was introduced to the United States in the 1870s, and were well established overseas and in Britain before 1900. These handsome sporting dogs are affectionate and come in a variety of colors – orange, liver, lemon, blue and tricolor. Their coat is typically flat and straight with feathering on the ears, legs, chest, underbody and tail.