To our mind, no description of the English Setter could be better than the first sentence of the breed standard: “An elegant, substantial, and symmetrical gun dog suggesting the ideal blend of strength, stamina, grace, and style.”
The English Setter is an intensely friendly and good-natured breed of dog whose sweet temperament makes him an excellent family member. English Setters are medium size with long, silky white coat flecked either with tan (called orange belton) or black (blue belton) or white with black flecks and tan points on the muzzle, forelegs and hind legs (tri color). Liver and lemon flecking are also possible, but rare.
If you want to know about the history of our breed and other
information, a good resource is the English Setter Association of America web site, www.esaa.com . If you click on About the Breed, you will see links to Frequently Asked Questions and ES 101 Part 1 and Part 2 , a comprehensive guide to everything you ever wanted to know about what it’s like to own and care for an English Setter.