With its long, fine hair and either with orange spots, black spots, or tri-color (white, balck, and orange), the English Setter is a perfect breed for a dog in the countryside or simply outdoors where it can frequently exercise and go for brisk walks (keep in mind, this breed is known for easily gaining weight so exercise is important).
For people who live in urban quarters or non-active lifestyles, it’s time to think of another breed since the English Setter loves to be active in a large area of space. Known for its companionship, this particular breed actually reacts well to change such as moving. This dog easily adapts to different circumstances as well as situations yet it needs love and affection from the family and will seek it out. Overall, this well-behaved breed of the English Setter is content spending time with the family but particularly enjoys the one-on-one time when walking with its owner or family member.
This loyal, faithful, and very active breed is easy to train. It demonstrates loyalty to its owner early on but needs to concentrate 100% since it actually gets distracted by birds when outdoors! Interestingly enough, the English Setter has its roots in England as a trained bird dog more than 400 years ago. Apparently it had the ability to find animals and birds in open land. To this day, this breed’s mix is the essence of athleticism, with its sporty agility it’s a perfect mix with its mild and friendly temperament.
While it interacts well with children, the English Setter also plays well with other dogs. But don’t underestimate its strength! This energetic breed is also known to work with a hunter. Since they’re active dogs that enjoy being outdoors, it suits them well. Interestingly enough, when they’re outside they love their exercise and love a lot of space. As for when they’re inside? It’s not uncommon for them to be lap dogs and simply chill out. Based on their environment, English Setters adapt to the change. Therefore, it’s important to have a mix of both the exercise and activity they need outdoors along with the sedentary downtime with their family while indoors. You won’t want them to get too caught up in the doors; remember they gain weight easily so exercise is important to keeping them in shape.
As for the only downside? They tend to drool. Not excessively, but depending on the dog this is an important item to note. Plus, they may bark excessively. While training this breed as a pup it’s important to make note of the barking and try to distinguish unnecessary barking while they are still young.
And don’t underestimate their intelligence! You can train English Setters to do just about everything however they do get distracted easily. Negative reinforcement does not work too well since they remember quite well and don’t want to disappoint their owner; rather, positive reinforcement works particularly well with English Setters so be sure to reward them with treats and verbal cues!