The English Setter is a bird dog that is used for both pointing out game as well as flushing it out. The English Setter is part of the Setter breeds that also include the Irish Setter, The Irish Red and White Setters and the Gordon Setters. The English Setter was bred to hunt upland birds. They work similar to the pointer, except that they will generally not retrieve, although they can be trained to do this with patience. They are very high energy dogs outside and will do well if you have a fenced in yard. Like pointers, they can cover a great deal of territory when hunting.
The English Setter is known for it spotted black and white coat, which makes it easier for the hunter to spot when in the field. They are a good all around hunting dog, but they are a bit more difficult to train than other dogs as they tend to get easily distracted. Once you have successfully trained an English Setter, however, you will have a valuable hunting companion.
One of the best aspects of the English Setter, in addition to its versatility as a hunter, is that they are a generally healthy breed of dog. They are not prone to many of the diseases that other gun dogs may be prone to and generally enjoy good health.
When training an English Setter, it is important for the hunter to realize that they are extremely sensitive dogs that will not want to repeat any behavior that will disappoint the hunter. When you train an English Setter, therefore, you should be sure to use positive reinforcement training as it works best on this breed of dog.
When taking the English Setter out on the field, you might want to use a tracking collar as they tend to hunt outside the range of the hunter. They will move quickly to find prey and act to flush them out so that the hunter can shoot the prey. The English Setter can even be trained to retrieve the bird.
There is a difference between the English Setter that is bred for show and one that is bred for the field. The field setters are smaller than the show setters and they have more spotting than show setters. The English Setter breed has fewer feathering in their coats, although there have been cases where there have been dual championships in both show and field trials. When choosing an English Setter for hunting, however, you should be looking for a dog that has been bred for hunting. You should choose a dog based upon their hunting capabilities rather than their appearance.
The English Setter is an excellent bird dog that can move across various types of terrain to help a hunter find small game as well as field birds. They have an easy nature and are adapt very well with the family as well as with other pets. You will find that the English Setter is a very energetic dog that will do well as long as they get plenty of exercise and attention.