The Setter Inglés It is a breed of dog of the Setter family. The ancestors of the breed dates back from the end of the middle ages in France. Its origins are not well known, According to Edward Laverack in his book “The Setter” (the Setter is a Spaniel “improved”): “The Setter already existed before the Pointer in England, which is why the creation of the Setter Pointer blood was not used”.
He was taken to England where separated different strains: the Welsh Setter (or LLandidloes Setter), the Anglesea Setter, the Irish Setter, the red and white Setter, the Gordon Setter, the Ossulton Setter, etc.
The current English Setter was born in the century XIX thanks to the efforts of the English Edward Laverack (1789-1877), fond of hunting, who raised Setter dogs for more than half a century of fully inbred way from a couple obtained in 1825. In 1874 He published a book with the standard of English Setter. Because of beauty contests appear shortly before his death, Laverack only managed to have two champions of these competitions. On his death only had five copies of the race, but he had spread the blood of his dogs for half the world.
The work of Edward Laverack It was continued by his friend Richard Purcell LLewellin (1840-1925), He bought several dogs to Laverack and created his own line by mixing them with Gordon Setter, Irish setter and other carers English Setter, making a line of great beauty, somewhat smaller than the Laverack, but tireless and excellent for work in the field.
There are currently two lines in the English Setter: the first larger dogs, large fringed suitable for beauty contests, and another excellent smaller dogs for work in the field. This last often is given the name of Llewellyn setter.
He is famous in this breed “Pellet” dog champion of hunting at the national level in Spain during 6 years in a row, which was an animal on which are based all the bases of the coaches of hunting dogs. In 1890 the first breed club, the English Setter Club.
The English Setter is a medium-dog, with a height in cross that varies between 55-65 cm in females and 57-68 cm in males and with a weight which varies between the 25 a 30 Kg. Y, life expectancy is situated between 10 and 12 years.
His hair is what draws most attention, It has a layer of slightly wavy hair is long and silky, with long fringes on the four legs that almost reach you the feet. The hair colour varies, and refers to Blue Belton when he is black and white, Orange Belton when he is white and orange (Although depending on the intensity of color we could be talking about Lemon Belton or Liver Belton), and Tricolor when it is white, black and orange.
In addition to the colors also varies the amount of scab, may be a Blue Belton almost black or almost white, Depending on how their spots are distributed (Belton is a city in Northumberland, and also referred as well to the Setter mottle, because it was the term he used Laverack).
Your hair needs great care to make it look good. To be sure that our Setter is an English Setter authentic, You must always present the mottled fur with well vague spots.
The skull is oval, the head and snout are elongated and the eyes are brown, large and give a sad aspect. Ears covered by a fine and silky hair. The tail is of medium length, with fringes and never should bend upwards, but be horizontal with a scimitar shape.
Like the rest of dog breeds, the English Setter may suffer problems of parasites, both external (fleas, dust mites, ticks) as internal (Worms, tapeworms, hookworms and heart worms). You can also suffer from any disease as parvovirosis, allergies, diseases of the eyes (cataract, conjunctivitis, Glaucoma), rabies, leptospirosis, distemper, etc.
The life expectancy of an English Setter is twelve years.
But there are diseases that are more specific to this breed:
Hip Dysplasia: It consists of a defective development of the articulation between the hip and femur, usually due to genetic causes, common in medium and large size dogs. In the Setter, Apart from its size, It is a common disease by their extraordinary mobility. The solution to this problem is usually surgery.
Breakage in the queue: Due to their mobility and that while they move are continually shaking the tail, is the breakdown of this common will stick with something.
The specialty of the English Setter is the search for pieces in open field. In fact the first Setter used in the moors of England exploring the terrain ahead of the Hunter.
Due to his tireless character and its resistance covers a lot of ground. It also has a great sense of smell, and it is able to detect prey even hours before this has become. It is used primarily for hunting of birds such as partridges, quail and especially the Woodcock is the master. Because he likes the ponds, It is also used for hunting waterfowl.
The English Setter is a very active dog, tireless (you need to do a large amount of exercise daily), with a good sense for the fighter and very friendly. It needs continuous care and company, both human and other dogs. It is not a "dog of a single owner," but that he loves visitors and children. An English Setter should never display aggressive behaviour towards other people or dogs.
It is a very intelligent dog, which you can train for everything (except for grazing), Although they are not easy to train due to its easy to be distracted when they are away from home. Well prepared for the discipline and learning. It has very good memory. In short we will say that it is easy to train with patience because it is disciplined but exuberant.