Non-sporting Breeds

English Setter

English Setter
Pedigree Points
Recognized: AKC, ANKC, CKC, FCI, KC (GB), KUSA
Height: Dog: 25-27 in (62-68cm) Bitch: 24-25 in (60-62cm)
Weight: 40-70 lb (18-31.5kg)
Coat: Short, straight, and dense
Color: Black and white (blue belton), orange and white (orange belton), lemon and white (lemon belton), liver and white (liver belton), or tricolor (blue belton and tan or liver belton and tan); those without heavy patches of color but flecked (belton) all over are preferred

Prior to the introduction of firearms for hunting, various methods were employed to catch game birds. Dogs were trained to seek birds and then to crouch motionless near them until the hunter arrived and threw a net.This type of dog became known as a setter,because it would sit or "set" when it found the birds.The English,which has been known since the l4th century,is the oldest and most distinctive of the four breeds of setter,the others being the Irish,the Gordon,and the Irish Red and White. Loyal and affectionate,the English Setter admirably combines the role of family pet and sportsman's dog. It is good with children,can live as one of the family or outdoors,and needs only daily brushing with a stiff brush and the use of a steel comb.Straggly hairs must be removed before exhibition.Like most gundogs, it requires plenty of exercise.
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