English Setter Breeders, Breed Clubs and History
The English Setter of the show ring is a long way from the working dog in the field; he is a very glamorous dog with a coat that requires expert care if it is to resemble those of the top show dogs. The working dog, which is quite an unusual sight now is smaller and racier than his showring cousin In the United States there are three distinct sub-divisions of the English Setter – the Ryman, Laverack and Llewellin – the Laverack being the show type.
The English Setter was developed as a bird dog some four hundred years ago and known as the Setting Spaniel. His job was to find upland birds and “sett” them, and the hunters would throw a net over bird and dog. The English Setter developed into the breed we recognise today during the mid 1800s, principally through the efforts of Edward Laverack, and was shown at the first dog show, Newcastle, in 1859.
He is a medium to large dog, at up to 68cm but not heavily built. He has an elegant outline and a very striking coat; the colouring is known as “belton”, meaning flecking of colour onto a white background, which with the growth of the long silky coat blends into the white. Thus the colours are Blue Belton (black on white), Orange Belton, Lemon Belton, Liver Belton or Tricolour Belton, which is tan with either liver or black.
He has a lovely temperament, very friendly and good-natured and so makes a first class family dog but as you would expect from a dog of this size plenty of exercise is a must or he will become bored and unhappy.
- English Setter Association Mr R E Evans 01594 544190
- English Setter Club Mr C W Sorenson 01588 680240
- English Setter Society of Scotland Mrs C Normansell 01685 722279
- Midland English Setter Society Mrs F Mitchell 01386 462681
- Southern English Setter Society Mr D Lewis 020 8959 2476
Rescue and Rehoming
In the unfortunate event you heed to re-home your dog, or you are looking to give a home to an older dog, contact the Breed Clubs for their assistance. It is always wise to speak to people who are expert in the breed so you can get the best possible help.