The English Setter
"Laverack Setter"

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English Setter
Laverack Setter
Weight Male: 60 — 65 lbs
Weight Female: 50 — 55 ;bs
Height:Male 23” — 25”
Height Female: 22” —- 24”
AKC Rank 2008 #84
Lifespan: 10—12 yrs
Group Sporting

Dog Breed Info - The English Setter

A handsome Laverack Setter
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Breed Overview

Origin: England, 1300’s. Original function: Bird setting, retrieving. Today, Pointing, pointing field trials.Colors: Orange, black, lemon, liver… all with dark spots.

The English Setter’s ancestors probably include the Springer Spaniel and Water Spaniel, among others. It is the oldest known of the setters, going back to the fourteenth century. They were developed to locate game on the moors, and then to stand still until the game was disposed. Much later in the 19th century, an Edward Laverack and later a man named Purcell Llewellin, through serious breeding, developed the breed known today. In some circles the breed became known as the "Laverack Setter." These dogs finally came to America where they found only moderate popularity.


Yes, does quite well with obedience training. The breed has a stubborn streak and it may show up in training. Anything to do with hunting comes easy. This breed was made for clicker training and positive reinforcement. Try it.

Crate Training

Want to crate train your English Setter puppy? It's easy and if you're interested, take a look and you'll see what to do. Crate training your puppy will save many headaches and problems.

Potty Training

Some English Setters and puppies can be difficult to house train, potty train, toilet train, housebreak or whatever you want to call it. If you have a puppy, decide if you want to crate or paper potty train it. For the best results, we have a page at Crate vs Paper Potty Training which will help you decide and from there you can get all the information you need to get the job done. Always praise the pup profusely when she goes potty in the RIGHT PLACE so she knows she has done a good thing. Either method will work for this breed.

If you have an older dog, take the dog outside every two hours until she gets the idea which door leads to her potty area. Older dogs catch on to the potty or housebreaking pretty fast once they are shown what to do.

English Setter "flying" after game.
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The English Setter is an energetic breed that can travel over a lot of real estate in a day while hunting birds. The portion of the name “setter” came from the fact that early on, when the dog saw game, it would sit down or approximate sitting down and the hunter knew the dog had located the prey. This is a breed that loves to run and hunt in the field. Given enough exercise, the English Setter is calm, quiet and easy to control in the house. This is an easy-going, peaceful dog that gets along well with children and in general makes a fine family pet.

If you happen to get a Setter with a separation anxiety problem, that can be dealt with by investing a few hours of work on your part and some "tough love."

Friendly Toward Other Dogs

Yes, generally, she does well with other dogs. She’s not very aggressive.

Friendly Toward Other Pets

Yes, does fine with other house pets. She’s friendly with most.

Friendly Toward Strangers

Yes, very friendly with people. Bring on the friends, relatives and neighbors.


Fairly playful. Maybe not as playful as a child would like, but they will chase balls and that sort of play.


Somewhat affectionate. Not a "lapdog" type affection, buy loyal.

Good with children?

Yes, especially older kids 6 and up.

Good with Seniors over 65?

No. Needs too much exercise.

Living environment

Apartment, house, farm okay. Apartment is fine as long as your Laverack Setter can get out for plenty of exercise. The house is fine as long as there is a securely fenced yard, as these dogs can jump pretty high. If the yard is big enough, she can play fetch with you and get some exercise.

English Setter waiting to
go hunting in the field.

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Energy level

High energy.

Exercise needs, daily

High. The English Setter needs an hour of heavy jogging OR hard-core fetch OR long walks on leash every day. If it’s walks, they should be broken up into two or three a day to keep her busy. If she gets bored or is under exercised, she’ll provide her own entertainment which is not good,.


Good. Loves to bark anyway so this is her chance to let go.

Guard dog

Not really. Just not aggressive enough.


Yes, some.


Brush and comb the white coat every two days. Clipping is needed maybe monthly to keep the shape looking good. Use a stiff bristle brush from a pet store.


Suggested Reading For The English Setter
Click on the cover photo for more book information.


English Setter Breeders

In the event you decide to go looking for English Setter puppies, be SURE to find reputable breeders that really know what they are doing. Be sure the puppy has been well socialized and started in obedience training. It's not often that Setter puppies turn up in dog pounds and shelters but you might check anyway.
English Setter Breeders with puppies for sale.

English Setter Rescue

In the event you are seriously considering the adoption of an older dog and are looking for an English Setter Rescue group or groups in your state, here are several links that might help:
Petfinder - English Setter RescueI just checked and Petfinder is showing only 326 English Setters in the country available for adoption at this time. Of course, that number will change. If you adopt one, try to locate any dog health records available for possible future reference.
Adopt A Pet This is an interesting site but there are likely more of these dogs in England than here. Search online for English Setter Rescue groups or kennels.

Dog Health Issues For The English Setter
Below are the dog illness / illnesses or medical problems listed for the Laverack Setter by various vets.

Your own dog will probably never have ANY of these problems. These are dog illness and medical problems this breed is prone to that have been listed by various veterinarians at different times over the past decade or so and some pertain to puppies and very young dogs that a breeder would deal with.

The information contained herein has been gathered from numerous books by veterinarians and is intended as general information only. Every dog and situation is different. You must see your vet. Our information is for general interest only and not intended to replace the advice provided by your own veterinarian.

Other health problems could occur with your English Setter. If you notice any problems with your dog, take it to the vet immediately. This website is for general information only and is not intended to, in any way, be a medical guide.


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