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Find an English Setter

The best source to obtain a well-bred English Setter is from a reputable breeder. The key here is “reputable”. If you would like to own an older English Setter, you may want to work with one of the many experienced rescue groups located across the country. Avoid backyard breeders, pet stores and puppy mills. Acquiring a quality English Setter requires an investment of time and energy that will reward you with the joy of unconditional love and companionship. English Setters are not one of the most prevalent breeds, so if you want to join the select circle of ES owners, you may have to be patient and wait until a reputable breeder of your choice has a puppy or dog for you.

How Can I Find a Reputable Breeder?

It is up to you to do your homework to assure yourself that the breeder is ethical and conscientious.

1. Contact Us

Contact the English Setter Association of America, the American Kennel Club or a local English Setter breed club, and request names of reputable breeders in your area. The ESAA’s website at has a list of regional English Setter Breed Clubs and a list of breeders (all of whom have signed a Code of Ethics, see p. 96) by state. 2.

2. Attend Dog Shows

Attend dog shows and talk to breeders, handlers and other owners who may be able to give you referrals on obtaining a puppy. Information on dog shows in your area is available by contacting the AKC or visiting their website ( in the dog events section. 3.

3. Get Involved

Contact the national breed club secretary, or consult breed publications like the ESAA Newsletter, which is the official newsletter of the English Setter Association of America. Ask your vet or local kennel club if there is a reputable English Setter breeder nearby.

You can find more information in the English Setters 101 handbook.