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English Setter

GENERAL APPEARANCE : Of elegant appearance, balanced and harmonious movement, well defined contour and medium size.

Personality:  Elegant and balanced.

Energy Level : Very  Active.  

Good with children:  Yes.


Good with other dogs:  Yes.


Grooming:  Seasonal.


Life Expectancy : 12-14  years old.

Bark Level: Bark when needed.


Currently, we differentiate the Setter from the Spaniel, but in the 17th century this difference was not so clear and the name “Setter” was used to encompass all of them.  but in the 17th century this difference was not so clear and the name “Setter” was used to encompass all those dogs that were trained to show where the prey of the hunt were. Over the years, the breed has been redefining itself and what we know today as  English Setter  began to differentiate itself by its peculiar way of hunting: approaching its prey stealthily crouching or lying down.

Country of Origin: Great Britain.

BEHAVIOR AND TEMPERAMENT:  Active,  has a keen sense for hunting. Friendly in nature and of good character.



Skull: Oval in shape between the ears.

Stop : Well defined.



Snout:  Smoothly concave, giving an appearance  upturned (dish-face).  

Nose: Black or  liver.

Jaws and Teeth:  Scissor bite with strong jaws.

Lips: Fair and developed.

Eyes: Colored between hazel and  dark brown, the darker the better. Oval in shape.

Ears : Low set, medium length, upper part covered with fine hairs.

NECK :  Long, arched and muscular neck. Free from dewlap.


Top Row: Level.

Back: Well developed.

TAIL: Almost level with the back, medium length, not exceeding the hocks. Slightly curved, but not rising. The tail in flag, has long hanging fringes. These fringes start slightly below the root of the tail and increase in length in the middle, tapering gradually to the tip. The hair is long, shiny, soft and silky, wavy but not curled.




Shoulders: Well laid back, long and oblique.

Elbows: Close to the chest.

Feet: Well padded, compact.


Hocks : Turning neither in nor out and well let down.


Paws :  Well padded, compact.

  • GAIT/MOVEMENT: Free and graceful, with speed and endurance. Free movement of the hock. Viewed from behind, the croup, knees and hocks are in the same line. Head carried high naturally.

  • COAT

By: Slightly wavy, without being curly, long and silky, as it is usually the coat.

  • COLOR: Black and white (belton blue),  orange and white (orange belton), lemon and white (lemon belton), liver and white (liver belton) or tricolor.

    *Belton = denomination of the speckled coat of the English Setter


SIZE: Females - 61 to 65  cm/Males - 65  at 68  cm

  • FAULTS  

Any deviation from this standard should be considered a fault and penalized in exact proportion to its severity and its effects on the health and well-being of the dog.  



• Aggressiveness or excessive shyness.

• Any dog that shows any sign of physical or behavioral anomaly must be disqualified.

• Atypical dogs.

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