English Setter Breed Profile


An elegant, substantial and symmetrical gun dog suggesting the ideal blend of strength, stamina, grace, and style. Flat-coated with feathering of good length. Gaiting freely and smoothly with long forward reach, strong rear drive and firm topline. Males decidedly masculine without coarseness. Females decidedly feminine without over-refinement. Overall appearance, balance, gait, and purpose to be given more emphasis than any component part. Above all, extremes of anything distort type and must be faulted.


Orange belton, blue belton (white with black markings), tricolor (blue belton with tan on muzzle, over the eyes and on the legs), lemon belton, liver belton.


English Setters are energetic, people-oriented dogs, that are well suited to families who can give them attention and activity. Inside they tend to be lower energy and love to be couch potatoes and lap dogs that love to cuddle.[ They are gentle, affectionate, friendly, without shyness, fear or viciousness.


The English Setter originated in England, and is one of the oldest hunting breeds of dog. English SetterÆs were created by crossbreeding Spanish Pointers, Springer Spaniels, and other water retrieving dogs. The English Setter first came to the United States in the late 1800s, and quickly became a staple dog for hunters.

Care Level

Medium (can be difficult to housetrain)