The long, feathery coat requires consistent care to avoid mats and tangles.
This gentle, affectionate family dog loves to be with its people and does not thrive when isolated in a yard or kennel. Athletic and energetic, they also require daily vigorous exercise either on leash or in a fenced area. Their beautiful, feathered coat requires regular maintenance, including brushing and clipping.
Depending on the size of your dog as an adult you are going to want to feed them a formula that will cater to their unique digestive needs through the various phases of their life. Many dog food companies have breed-specific formulas for small, medium, large and giant breeds. The English Setter is a large breed and has a lifespan of 10 to 12 years
What you feed your dog is an individual choice, but working with your veterinarian and/or breeder will be the best way to determine frequency of meals as a puppy and the best adult diet to increase his longevity. Clean, fresh water should be available at all times.
With medium-long coats, they also need to be brushed and combed two or three times per week to avoid matting. Using a comb and slicker brush, keeping this breed’s coat in good condition will be easily accomplished. Their strong fast-growing nails should be trimmed regularly with a nail clipper or grinder to avoid overgrowth and cracking. Their ears should be checked regularly to avoid a buildup of wax and debris which can result in an infection. Teeth should be brushed regularly.
A professional dog handler, who has lived with many breeds during his career, tells us, “As a breed to share one’s life and living space with, no other breed gives me more pleasure than the English Setter.” Affable by nature, English Setters usually get along well with fellow mammals of the two- and four-legged variety. They train well if a gentle, patient hand is applied. Sensitive types, English Setters require socialization early in puppyhood—and happily, socializing comes naturally to these outgoing charmers.
English Setter &HEALTH
Like all breeds there may be some health issues, like hip and elbow dysplasia and congenital deafness. Some dogs may be faced with these health challenges in their lives, but the majority of English Setters are healthy dogs.
Working with a responsible breeder, those wishing to own a English Setter can gain the education they need to know about specific health concerns within the breed. Good breeders utilize genetic testing of their breeding stock to reduce the likelihood of disease in their puppies.