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English Setter

English Setter

Dubbed the gentleman of dogs, the English Setter is a well-mannered breed that’s perfect for just about any family. They love to be loved, love to give love and love to indulge in all that life has to offer. Now, that’s a lot of love!

Male: 55-80 lbs. 
Female: 45-70 lbs.
Exercise Requirements:
There are two types of English Setter: Field Lines and Show Lines. Field Line Setters are much more active than their Show Line counterparts. Bred for hunting, they require more exercise on a daily basis than the average dog. A walk around the block at least twice a day (for a total of an hour or more) is essential to keeping this big, energetic dog happy and healthy. Time to run off-leash will also make for a happy camper.
Mess Factor:
Setters shed but with proper brushing and grooming, the mess can be kept to a minimum. Some Setters have a habit of drooling.
Barking and Volume:
You know those dogs that can bark non-stop when left in a backyard? They often go by the name English Setter. Not only will they bark until someone pays attention to them, they also bark at just about everything (from wind gusts to butterflies). Condo dwellers take note.
Training Requirements:
This breed can be relatively easy to train, but they respond best to firm and consistent leadership. They need to be led or can become destructive and willful. Puppy classes can help establish boundaries and minimize the barking issue.
Ongoing Costs:
Health Factors: There isn’t too much to worry about when it comes to the health of English Setters. Keep them active and they rarely develop major health problems. That being said, they can gain weight easily and are prone to hip dysplasia. *A reputable breeder can help minimize the risk of genetic disorders.
Grooming: Professional grooming is essential every couple of months.
Training: A puppy class will help establish rules and boundaries for this must-be-led breed.
Grooming Requirements:
Because of their long coats, English Setters require more grooming than your average breed. On top of regular brushing and bathing, it’s important to get their coats trimmed by a professional groomer several times a year.
Kid Compatibility:
When trained properly, this active breed can be great with children, especially during playtime. They like to be entertained and will love to play one-on-one with children who engage them in a gentle and loving way.
10-12 years.
Friendliness Towards Animals:
Loving, sometimes to a fault, English Setters enjoy interacting with other animals, but because of their size, they should be watched around small dogs who could get accidentally injured.
Friendliness Towards People:
Setters judge people’s personalities by tone of voice. They will be warm and affectionate to people who have upbeat, energetic voices and more withdrawn in the company of those with stern voices. Introduce them to lots of different people when they’re pups and you should have no concerns or worries about leaving them with people they don’t know.
A high-maintenance dog who will repay you for all your hard work with love and affection.

Links and Resources:
http://www.esaa.com/ (English Setter Association of America)
http://www.englishsetterrescue.org/ (Another Chance for English Setters)

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