A working dog which is a good hunter and
has a charming disposition. They are excellent companions, being especially
good with children.
Description & History
The English Setter is believed to be one
of the older breeds of gundog and is probably of Spanish origin. Initially
regarded as setting dogs or sitting spaniels, they were used to locate
game, as were other sporting dogs, in order to provide food for the
table. The breed was originally evolved during the reign of Elizabeth
I by Robert Dudley, Earl Leicester.
In time the breed was to be recognised
in its own right as the English Setter; it is the smallest of the three
setter breeds. In 1822 Edward Laverack developed the breed further.
In his book written towards the end of the nineteenth century, Laverack
refers to nine strains of setters. One of these strains bears his name
- the Laverack Setter. They were described as being "ideally blue or
red beltons", that is dogs with a white base and flecked with black
or lemon. Some years later Richard Purcell Llewellin continued Edward
Laverack's work. These breeders produced two strains, the Laverack for
showing and the Llewellin for hunting and, subsequently, field trials.
The English Setter is a dog that will
find, point and flush on command whilst withstanding the elements in
open country, undergrowth or in water. In the show ring it is a breed
which has won many top awards.
In 1859 English Setters were shown at
the National Show of Sporting Dogs in Birmingham and from then on the
breed has had a following in the show ring. It is one of the most elegant
breeds in the world with a temperament to match. Nevertheless it is
a working dog and therefore should live in the country where it can