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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.

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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.


Upcoming Events

National Capital English Setter Club Specialties

March 1 – March 3

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Celtic Cluster

March 13 – March 17

Reserved grooming for English Setters, free electric 

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Tacoma KC All-Breed Shows

July 20 – July 21

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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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When you finally welcome your 10 week old puppies, please keep this picture in mind. Their bones arent even touching yet. They walk so beautifully with big, flexible legs and bench movements because their joints are made up entirely of cartilage, muscles, tendons and ligaments covered with skin. Nothing is well adjusted or has real grip yet.

When you make them run excessively or dont limit their exercise to prevent them from overdoing during that time, youre not giving them the chance to grow properly. Every big jump or bounce and excited run creates bone-breaking impacts.
In reasonable quantities, this is not problematic and normal wear and tear will do.

But when you let the puppy jump off the couch or bed, take him for long walks, you damage this joint in training. When you let the puppy move on slippery tiles, you damage the joint.

You only get once to make them grow up. A well built body is something that comes from excellent upbringing and good education. BOTH , not just one

Once you’re an adult, you’ll have the rest of your life to spend playing and engaging in high-impact exercises. So keep him calm while he is still young and give him the gift that can only be given once.
Shared from Clinique Vetérinaire Vetolistic - Dr. Marie Eve Cresci

When you finally welcome your 10 week old puppies, please keep this picture in mind. Their bones arent even touching yet. They walk so beautifully with big, flexible legs and bench movements because their joints are made up entirely of cartilage, muscles, tendons and ligaments covered with skin. Nothing is well adjusted or has real grip yet.

When you make them run excessively or don't limit their exercise to prevent them from overdoing during that time, you're not giving them the chance to grow properly. Every big jump or bounce and excited run creates bone-breaking impacts.
In reasonable quantities, this is not problematic and normal wear and tear will do.

But when you let the puppy jump off the couch or bed, take him for long walks, you damage this joint in training. When you let the puppy move on slippery tiles, you damage the joint.

You only get once to make them grow up. A well built body is something that comes from excellent upbringing and good education. BOTH , not just one

Once you’re an adult, you’ll have the rest of your life to spend playing and engaging in high-impact exercises. So keep him calm while he is still young and give him the gift that can only be given once.
Shared from Clinique Vetérinaire Vetolistic – Dr. Marie Eve Cresci
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Great post!!

So, at what age are they considered "safely grown" (if I can coin a phrase).

So if they run like maniacs in the yard, does that do harm as well?

Thanks for posting.

Jackie Batson did you know?

When they don’t have proper traction in the whelping box …

I cringe when I hear of people roadworking puppies

Recent studies find not providing proper traction for puppies is leading to hip dysplasia. www.instituteofcaninebiology.org/blog/do-your-puppies-have-enough-traction-in-the-whelping-box This goes for when they grow out of the whelping box too. I cringe seeing puppies on tile floors. Spread out a blanket or get some carpet remnants. Heck indoor/outdoor carpet is $0.29/sqft.

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A Setter Symposium planned yet again, and here is the flyer will all the information. Hope to see you there, and bring a friend!Image attachment

A Setter Symposium planned yet again, and here is the flyer will all the information. Hope to see you there, and bring a friend! See MoreSee Less

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