Description

Illustration of English Setter

Edward Laverack is credited with the foundation stock of the modern English Setter. In 1825, he bought his first two Setters, both of them blue belton in colour, from an estate where they had been carefully bred for about 35 years. From these two, Laverack set about establishing type by a programme of in-breeding and line breeding.

A contemporary of Laverack, Richard Purcell Llewellin used Gordon Setters, Red and White Setters and the now extinct Welsh or Llanidoes Setter to widen the gene pool and added the mix to Laverack blood. From these two breeders came the stock for the modern breed.

Breed Group
Gundog
Vulnerable Native Breed
No
Size
Large
How much exercise?
More than 2 hours per day
Length of coat
Medium
How much grooming?
More than once a week
Supposedly sheds? *
Yes
Town or Country
Either
Type of home
Large House
Minimum Garden Size
Large
Lifespan
Over 10 Years

* If you are asthmatic or have an allergy, you should consult your medical advisor before considering obtaining a dog. More information can also be found on the Kennel Club website.

The Gundog Breed Group

Dogs that were originally trained to find live game and/or to retrieve game that had been shot and wounded. This group is divided into four categories - Retrievers, Spaniels, Hunt/Point/Retrieve, Pointers and Setters - although many of the breeds are capable of doing the same work as the other sub-groups. They make good companions, their temperament making them ideal all-round family dogs.


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