English Setter Association of America
Gentle, affectionate, friendly, without shyness, fear or viciousness.
As a family dog, the English Setter is unsurpassed. His even temperament, devotion, quiet manner, ease of care and training, health and beauty, and fondness of children make him an ideal companion. Above all, he finds his greatest happiness and fulfillment in human companionship. City, suburb or country – it matters little to the English Setter where he lives as long as he lives in the house with someone he loves.
ESAA is dedicated to providing information for persons wishing to obtain an English Setter or purchase an English Setter puppy. Prospective English Setter owners can locate regional ES clubs, ES breeders who are ESAA members (that have signed the club code of ethics), or find English Setters to purchase by using this site. We hope that the content of this site will help you learn more about the breed if you are thinking about adding one to your family, more about your dog if you are already blessed with an English Setter, and more about how you can participate in the many events and activities of ESAA by becoming a member.
Find an English Setter
We have a directory, by state, of the English Setter Association of America, Inc. members that have signed the “Code Of Ethics” and have agreed to be contacted by persons seeking English Setter puppies or adult dogs.
Become an ESAA Member
If you are thinking of adding an English Setter to your home, then you have come to the right place to learn more about this wonderful breed. If you already own an English Setter, then congratulations! You must be a very special person to have one of these great dogs in your life. English Setters are something of a well-kept secret with just a little more than 100 AKC litters registered each year.
Membership DOES have its privileges! The ESAA offers a number of “perks” just for members. We have a bi-monthly newsletter just for members, as well as a beautiful hardback annual with several hundred pages of photos that is offered for sale to members. Membership also allows you to show your puppies in the club’s National Futurity. The Futurity is only open to puppies that are owned or co-owned by members, from litters that have been nominated. Membership in the ESAA also gives you voting privileges in the club enabling you to have a say regarding all issues.
WESC AM/PM Show
27645 Case Road Wauconda, IL, 60084
KMESC Summer Independent Specialties
June 24 – June 25
2043 Manitowoc Rd Menasha, WI
English Setter Club Of Canada National Specialty Weekend
June 30 – July 2
151 Caithness Street East Caledonia, Ontario, N3W 1C2
Minnesota ESC Specialties
August 24 – August 25
2300 40th St N Stillwater, MN, 55082
Michigamme English Setter Club Specialty Show
September 9 – September 10
6360 Chilson Road Route #3 Howell, MI, 48843
National Specialty 2023
October 23 – October 28
1 Resort Drive Asheville, NC, 28806
Join us this October for our 2023 National Specialty event in Asheville, North Carolina. Last day to book is Friday, September 22, so don’t delay.
About English Setters
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.
English Setters are an old but not an ancient breed. Written references to English Setters date from between 400 and 500 years ago. One of the early names for the Setter was Setting Spaniel, but remember, in those days, the term spaniel often meant simply “dog from Spain,” so the relationship to dogs we know as flushing spaniels today may not be as strong as this name suggests.
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