English Setter is a lovely dog who is known for its affection towards their family and other pets. To this day, he is being used both as a hunter dog and companion dog, and has become one of the most popular dogs in the west.
The English Setter is a great family companion dog who was initially used as a hunting dog, especially for birds. He is affectionate, has tons of energy and he just simply love to jump and dig. A spacious yard will be perfect for English Setter to keep his body active and his head busy. He shows himself as a loyal partner and is a true “English lord” because of his balanced temperament. As they have a hunting heritage, English Setters gel well with people although an early socialisation is a must for these dogs.
English Setter has a long, silky and slightly wavy hair that makes them unique and beautiful. Of course, so much beauty doesn't come for free and it takes work to keep your dog looking nice and clean. Hence, daily brushing and regular baths are mandatory to maintain good hygiene. The English Setter can be seen in black and white, orange and white and also in tri-color versions. If you can groom these dogs on a regular basis, you will see them in their most stunning version. You need to brush these dogs at least three times a week (best if daily) in order to keep them healthy and neat. A slicker brush or a stifle bristle brush would be great to keep their skin healthy and also to remove the dead hair and grime from their coat. You may also use a steel comb to remove any kinds of matting and tangling of the hair.
Being an energetic dog, English Setter needs a diet which is high in protein as well as calories to help them maintain the energy levels. It would be best if their food is meat-based as it contains good amounts of fats too. As they are active canines, minerals like Glucosamine and Chondroitin is a must as they heal inflammation. Make sure their diet is free of corn and wheat, as it may trigger allergic reaction. Also these dogs have long hair, choose a diet with Omega 3 and 6 fatty acids as it will keep their coat healthy and shiny.
Since English Setter has a long and silky hair, weekly grooming and occasional baths are recommended to keep their coat healthy and shiny, Also, as these are dogs who shed a fair amount, using a slicker brush to brush them weekly would be a great step to control shedding. You may also comb their hair with a good dog comb to prevent the problem of tangling and matting of hair.
Be careful not to exaggerate in the offer of food and treats, as the furry animal gains weight easily. Keep an eye on the food pot and don't let the pet get carried away and end up becoming obese.