Considering an English Setter as a family pet?
English Setters have retained their popularity as pets because of their lovable disposition, beauty and ability in the field. At dog shows, obedience trials, hunting tests, field trials, or on walks in the local parks or trails, you will always find people watching and asking questions about English Setters. English Setters have a way of working their way into your heart, on to your sofa and your bed, if you let them. They make wonderful house dogs, are excellent with children and were listed in the March 2001 issue of Parents Magazine as the third rated “Best-Bet Breed” to own. A quote from Parenting Magazine “Your pet should be a family companion, not a family catastrophe.” So look for a pet that’s good-natured and not intimidating. The following animals are considered by a variety of experts to be low in aggressive tendencies”.The rankings were as follows Boston Terrier, Collie, English Setter, Golden Retriever, Labrador Retriever, Pug, Samoyed and Standard Poodle. English Setters thrive on love and affection and the more you give them the more they want and all English Setter Breeders we are sure will unanimously agree that we think Parenting Magazine is correct in their judgement of the English Setter, but we would put them at the top of the list.
They make excellent personal hunting dogs, are competitive at field trials and can be trained to compete in obedience trials. They make friends with everyone they meet and once “owned” by and English Setter no other breed of dog can fill their shoes. Since the English Setter is such an attractive and capable gun dog, it is not surprising that they are one of America’s most popular sporting dogs.