Portraits and paintings of the English Setter by Justine Osborne

dog painting of an English Setter

"Edith" Portrait of a English Setter

12 x 16in - oil painting on canvas

This young Setter has the Scottish lochs at her doorstep.
She has the beauty and grace of a show dog, but "basically is one big goof"

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Notes on the English Setter

The English Setter is a very gentle, placid, friendly dog that loves affection. Enthusiastic and lively outdoors, but relatively inactive indoors.It needs lots of companionship and enjoys playing with other dogs. English Setters are adequate watchdogs. They like to roam and are diggers and good jumpers. There are two types of English Setter: field and show. The field types are generally a bit smaller and lighter, and very active so they need more exercise than the show types.

The first rudimentary setter was developed in France in 1500, obtained from the Spanish pointer and the French pointer. Three centuries later it was brought to Great Britain where its true developer was an extremely intelligent breeder, named Sir Edward Laverack who developed the English Setter from early French hunting dogs in the early 1800's. Laverack was so instrumental in establishing the breed that the English Setter is often called the Laverack Setter. Laverack's dogs were known for their great beauty, and are therefore foundation stock for many of today's top show dogs. Another English breeder, Llewellin, created a second famous hunting strain of English Setters. These are often called "Llewellin Setters." The word "setter" comes from the almost "sitting" position the dog exhibits when he has discovered game. The English Setter is a vigorous, quick and very quiet worker with an excellent nose. His coat keeps the dog comfortable in both hot and cold weather. The English Setter's talents include hunting, tracking, retrieving, pointing, watchdogging and agility.

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