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Grooming: These dogs need occasional trimming to keep their coat looking tidy. It is important that hair between pads of feet and under ears is clipped (helps ventilate ears).
Exercise: English Setters need a lot of exercise, such as running alongside a cycle or going for long walks. They tend to wander if given chance, so ensure that backyard is securely fenced off.
History: It is believed that English Setter originated from a number of Spaniel and Pointer crosses. Especially from English Springer Spaniel, water spaniel and Spanish Pointer. For over 400 years this breed has been used as a bird dog in Britain. The conformity of English Setters wasn't achieved until mid 1800s. Edward Laverack was first breeder who developed pure lines for both beauty and conformation. A second breeder called Llewellyn was interested in breeding for working qualities. So he crossed some of Laverack's setters with his own which produced a breed with both hunting abilities and beauty.
English Setters tend to become overweight if they don't receive adequate exercise. This breed can become boisterous if they are not given enough space or attention.
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