English Setters have a history that traces back to the 14th century, and were originally known as setting spaniels. They typically weigh between 45 to 80 pounds. They are affectionate, kind, and gentle. They are a medium-size dog breed, and are part of the Setter group, which includes the red Irish Setters, Irish Red and White Setters, and black-and-tan Gordon Setters. The coat is mainly white, with medium length and long silky fringes on the back of the legs, under the belly and on the tail. Setters are very active and enjoy roaming, digging, and jumping.
Common Health Conditions
- Several developmental abnormalities of the elbow-joint in dogs can cause the condition known as elbow dysplasia. This hereditary disorder specifically impacts the development of cartilage and its surrounding structures, which leads to inflammation, premature damage, and eventually osteoarthritis.
- English Setters have the highest risk of developing autoimmune thyroiditis. The genetic form of hypothyroidism impacts your dog’s immune system and causes it to launch an attack on the thyroid gland.
- Inflammatory bowel disease is one of the most common causes of vomiting and chronic diarrhea in dogs, and is sometimes observed in English Setters.