ENGLISH SETTER APPEARANCE:
The English Setter is a beautiful, elegant, and symmetrical gun dog, ideally an equal mix of endurance, athleticism, grace, and style. The coat is flat with light feathering of long length. he various speckled coat colors when occurring in English Setters are referred to as belton; valid combinations are white with black blecks (blue belton) or with orange flecks (orange belton— depending on the intensity of the color, they might be lemon belton or liver belton), or white with black and tan flecks (tricolour belton). They are part of the Setter family, which includes red Irish Setters and black Gordon Setters.
The English Setter was originally bred to set or point upland game birds. From the best available information, it appears that the English Setter was a trained bird dog in England more than 400 years ago. There is evidence that the English Setter originated in crosses of the Spanish Pointer, large Water Spaniel, and Springer Spaniel, which combined to produce an excellent bird dog with a high degree of proficiency in finding and pointing game in open country. The modern English Setter owes its appearance to Mr. Edward Laverack (1800-1877), who developed his own strain of the breed by careful inbreeding during the 19th century in England and to another Brit, Mr. R. Purcell Llewellin (1840-1925), who based his strain upon Laverack's and developed the working Setter. Today, you still hear the term Llewellin Setter, but this is not a separate breed. Instead, it is often used as an alternate name for a field-bred English Setter.
With time, Laverack inbred successfully to produce beautiful representatives of the breed. The first show for English Setters was held in 1859 at Newcastle-on-Tyne. The breed's popularity soared across England as shows became more and more widespread. Not long after, the first English Setters were brought to North America, including those that began the now-famous Llewellin strain recorded in the writing of Dr. William A Burette. From this group of dogs came the foundation of the field-trial setter in America, "Count Noble," who is currently mounted in the Carnegie Museum at Pittsburgh. At present, the English is one of the most popular and elegant sporting breeds, often grouped with its cousins, the Irish and Gordon Setters.
A relatively healthy breed, Setters have few genetic problems but some problems occasionally occur. Canine Hip dysplasia, Elbow dysplasia, and canine hypothyroidism are some of the more well-known ailments that can affect this dog.
This breed's standard temperament can be described as friendly and good natured. Despite its happy-go-lucky attitude, it is very strong-willed, mischievous, and outgoing. They love to be around their families, especially children, since they love the attention an energetic child can provide. They are active dogs that need plenty of exercise. Their long, flowing coat requires regular grooming. They are happiest when they are part of the family or are working with a hunter.