The English Setter is one of the oldest breeds of gun dog. It was developed in England from Spaniel stock more than 400 years ago. Originally, the English Setter was known as a “Setter Spaniel.” Before firearms existed, the English Spaniel would accompany hunters and crouch, or “set,” low to the ground to alert the hunter to game, allowing the hunter to throw a net over his prey. Upon the invention of firearms, the upright pointing stance was bred into the English Setter.
The English Setter has beautiful feathered white fur speckled with darker hairs called “belton.” Though they are active, athletic dogs, they do not do well as yard dogs, preferring instead the company of their families. Setters are affectionate and gentle, making great companions for children and adults alike. Daily exercise is a necessity, and this breed’s long coat needs maintenance, including both brushing and occasional clipping
Although active and athletic, English Setters are still prone to hereditary and congenital conditions that may adversely affect their health – as well as your family budget. Some of the conditions and illnesses English Setters are prone to include hearing problems such as deafness; hip trouble such as hip dysplasia; skin conditions such as atopy; blood disorders such as hemophilia A; and eye problems such as ectropion.
Thankfully, Petplan pet insurance covers all hereditary and chronic conditions as standard. Which means if your English Setter has the misfortune of inheriting his dad’s poor hearing or mom’s bad hips, you’re protected.