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English Setter

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The English Setter At a Glance
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Life Expectancy
10 - 15 yrs 
Height Range
22 - 27 in 
Weight Range
40 - 80 lbs 
White base coat with even flecking all over preferred. Flecks may be blue, orange, lemon, or liver. Tri colors are blue beltons with tan points. Field variety is more prone to patching. 
Very trainable as long as a soft hand is used. Perceived as stubborn by those using a heavy-handed training method. 
With Children
Excellent. Very tolerant. Very high bite inhibition 
With Animals
Excellent with other animals except, of course, birds and rodents 
Comparable to humans 
Indoor as they bond very tightly to their family 
Exercise Reqd
Fenced yard. Active as puppies but bench variety is calm in the house as adults. Field bred variety much more active 
Grooming Reqd
Field bred dogs need minimal grooming. Bench variety need routine grooming appointments 
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The English setter is believed to have originated in England about 400 years ago. The field variety was primarily developed in America by Mr. Llwyellin. The bench variety was developed in this country by Mr. Laverack. The field variety is smaller both in height and weight than the bench variety. Both will usually hunt. The field variety, however, has a much higher energy level and is suitable for hunters on horse back as they range fairly far. The bench is more of a gentleman's hunting companion as he will usually not range far and is more suitable for hunters on foot. English setters are easily house trained. Like most puppies, they tend to chew when young. Like most sporting dogs, they should be taught to come relably when called before any attempts to let them off of a leash. This is a very soft, sensitive breed and does best with similar training methods. The English setter is, in general, a robust dog not commonly afflicted with ailments. The only problems relatively common to the breed are deafness, hip dysplasia and elbow dysplasia. Judious breeding by conscientious breeders has decreased the incidence of these problems in many lines of English setters. Prospective buyers should ask if parents have had their hearing BAER (Brainstem Auditory Evoked Response) tested and their hips and elbows evaluated by the OFA (Orthopedic Foundation for Animals). The English setter has maintained a very faithful following in many countries because of the breed's lovely disposition. The English setter is a wonderful family dog.

Information courtesy of Kaliber English Setters

English Setter Common Health Screenings
The following health screenings are often performed by responsible English Setter breeders:

BAER Hearing Test
CERF Screening (Canine Eye Research Foundation)
Elbow Displasia (OFA, by X-Ray)
Hip Dysplasia (OFA or PennHIP)

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