English Setters

Well-rounded and happy, the English Setter is a sweet friend and sporting buddy. Here’s the scoop on this active breed.

The mild-mannered English Setter was originally bred to help out hunters in the field by pointing birds. Today he is a happy member of the family and willing hunting companion if that’s your thing. Calm and mostly quiet indoors, but active and energetic outdoors, these pups know there is a time and place for everything. 

Because they’re so agreeable and typically easy to train, English Setter dogs are a great choice for active first time dog parents.

Why We Love the English Setter

  • This breed is very happy-go-lucky and is up for most activities. An English Setter will be thrilled to just hang out with you or go for a hike.
  • English Setter dogs are typically bright and easy to train, so obedience training should be a breeze.
  • These are really unique, stunning dogs. The English Setter breed has a straight, shiny coat with feathering in some spots and many different colors. He’s sure to turn a few heads.

Things to Consider

  • You essentially must have a back yard to have an English Setter, because they require a large amount of exercise. They can also be diggers and jumpers, so make sure it’s a sturdy one with a stable fence.  
  • These pups can develop a barking habit if it isn’t nipped in the bud early on. Make sure you consistently train your Setter not to bark, or it could become an issue.
  • Watching the diet of an English Setter dog is essential. They are prone to weight gain if they aren’t fed correctly, which can lead to further health problems.

Why Rescue?

English Setters, like many breeds, have been victims of overbreeding and irresponsible breeding, which have led to the agitation of certain health issues. These can include hip dysplasia, hypothyroidism, deafness and elbow dysplasia. Many of these can be expensive or time consuming to treat, leading to their surrender and placement in shelters. If you think an English Setter could be the perfect pal, consider adopting a rescue instead of supporting an irresponsible breeder!

English Setter Rescues 

Whether you’re looking for an English Setter puppy or an adult English Setter, there are tons of pups near you just waiting to find their forever home! Here are just a few:

Happy, active & loving
Avg. Weight
45 - 80 lbs
Weekly brushing required
Avg. Life Span
11–15 Years
English Setters near 20149
Animal Rescues near 20149
Organization City, State Contact
Persian Rescue of Virginia
Ashburn, VA emziemer@aim.com
The Cats at Longstreet
Sterling, VA longstreetcats@gmail.com
Save The Tails Rescue Group, Inc.
Leesburg, VA 1 888 379 5558 x1
Humane Society of Loudoun County
Leesburg, VA (703) 777-2912
Little Buddies Adoption and Humane Society
Reston, VA littlebuddies@erols.com
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