Choose the English Setter

Passion

The passion of the game. This is what drives the English Setter to tirelessly travel through forests, plains and marshes to find it. The love of his master for whom the Setter will chase unconditionally.

Style

“Felin” is what best reflects the English Setter. Running with flexibility, the movements are fluid. The gallop is grazing and the point are feline. At a gallop, the head stays in the back line or slightly above. Without a pendulum effect, his head remains motionless.

Softness

The Setter is not a “robot” and even less a “machine”. It is a dog with a sweet and friendly temperament. His intelligence and his need to play make him a perfect learner. To make him understand, a caress is enough. He does not like hardness as much as he does not need it at all.

Poise

Both in the woods and in the home, the English Setter is in its place. Extremely gentle with anyone who will give him boundless attention and courage when it comes time to work. The English Setter shows a perfect balance between his two personalities.

The origins of the English Setter

The birth of the modern English Setter is linked to the name of Sir Edward Laverack, who was born in 1798 and died in 1877. He devoted his whole life to cynophilia and hunting.
A substantial inheritance from his uncle allowed him to give himself completely to his deep passion for dog-eating. Llaverack himself asserted that he was not the creator of a new race, but rather the one who had perfected an already existing race.
In fact, he acquired his first two subjects, a male named Ponto and a female named Old Moll, from Reverend Harrison, who had bred pure subjects of this breed for more than thirty years.

For more than half a century, he worked to improve the breed and, a few years before his death, he wrote a famous book, The Setter, which was later translated into several languages ​​and which, even today, is the reference element of all the literature devoted to the English Setter, because of its deep content and the brilliant intuitions it contains.
Its notoriety was such that today still many qualify the white and black English Setter
(blue-belton) by the name of Setter Laverack. Its breeding developed in close relationships of consanguinity. He first achieved great success, but later he encountered problems, particularly related to the sterility of a number of subjects.
Laverack secured the collaboration of his great friend Purcell Llewellin, whom he considered the natural heir of his work.
Llewellin had to use a somewhat less rigid method of selection to alleviate the problems of consanguinity and to introduce into his breeding line a new blood which he obtained from other lineages which developed at that time in England, and who also contributed to the improvement of the race.

William Humphrey resumed Llewellin ‘s work, while moving towards a new path of selection. Unlike Llewellin, who selected very good show subjects, Humphrey based his breeding almost exclusively on very good working dogs, neglecting the aesthetic and morphological aspects.

The international reputation of this English dog began around 1860 and spread very quickly. In 1879, Ernest Bellecroix imported the first two English Setters in France and the inscription to the LOF of the race dates from 1882 with Belle, belonging to Mr. Chize de Brou. Eure and Loir

The English Setters are quickly present in the French exhibitions and field trials: as early as 1882 five English Setters are presented and nine Setters participate in the first French field-trial organized at Esclimont, in 1888. So that in 1891 was created the Setter -Club of France

Ref. (The English setter G Mazza, The English setter’s book 1891-2001)

Temperament

The English Setter gives more than he receives. It turns out to be a very valuable auxiliary for its user. A pleasant companion, he puts his intelligence at the service of an education adapted to his feline character. Of the feline, it also has the vigor and requires to be framed with rigor and consistency.

From an easy contact, his feline character makes him an adorable companion in society. Under the calm of his appearance, however, dormant permanently the strength of the athlete who requires regular outings.

Level of activity

As we have pointed out, the English Setter is a great sportsman who does not support confinement. Thus, life in the countryside with large spaces is preferable. Nevertheless, it can adapt to city life provided you can exercise a lot. It is the ideal companion for sports families.

Physical characteristics

Sporty and vigorous, the English Setter is endowed with a keen sense of the hunt where it is distinguished by its feline appearance. It is of medium size, compact and well built, harmonious in its forms and its volumes. His head, neither heavy nor light, is expressive with bright, confident dark eyes. Its dress is silky with long fringes on the legs and tail.

Height : 22”-25” male and 20”-24”  female.

Poids :
30-50 lbs)

Our lineage coming from Europe, mainly from France and Italy, we conform to the LOF (Book of French Origins)