They are a galloping breed of dog and need plenty of exercise. Even the show bred strain retain their instinct to hunt and range ahead and once on a scent can be difficult to recall. English Setters are not really a breed suitable to be exercised in city parks. However comprehensive early training pays dividends with this breed and although your setter may not come back immediately when you blow your recall whistle an adequate level of obedience can usually be achieved.
Overall English Setters are a healthy breed.
There can be some problems with Hip Dysplasia but all breeding stock are now screened before mating to help reduce the incidence of this. To date this is the only health issue in English Setters that requires routine testing.
This can range from just a mild seasonal itchiness to year round irritation. Just as the incidence of eczema and hay fever has increased in the humans, skin conditions have increased in much of the canine population. Hypothyroidism low thyroid levels in the bloodstream is also becoming more prevalent in dogs and many English Setters are affected. Chapters on puppy-proofing the home and yard, purchasing the right supplies for the puppy as well as house-training, feeding, and grooming are illustrated with photographs of handsome adults and puppies. In all, there are over full-color photographs in this useful and reliable volume.
The author's advice on obedience training will help the reader better mold and train into the most well-mannered dog in the neighborhood. The extensive and lavishly illustrated chapter on healthcare provides up-to-date detailed information on selecting a qualified veterinarian, vaccinations, preventing and dealing with parasites, infectious diseases, and more. Sidebars throughout the text offer helpful hints, covering topics as diverse as historical dogs, breeders, or kennels, toxic plants, first aid, crate training, carsickness, fussy eaters, and parasite control.
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