Meet Griffith the English Setter and his owners April and Owen
About the Breed
The English setter is one of the oldest gundog breeds they originate from England and are descendants from the setting Spaniels. They were bred for hunting game, specifically birds.
There are actually two different types of the English. A ‘show’ type, which Griffith is, and a ‘field’ type which are smaller in size and have less coat.
Why did you choose this particular breed
My partner and I chose this breed as we wanted an active dog to be apart of the family that we could take everywhere but is also happy to relax and spend the day on the couch watching Netflix! Another defining factor in our choice was their sweet nature and friendliness towards other people, children and dogs.
Is their personality/behaviour in line with what people associated with the breed?
Griffith is often described as ‘sweet’ when people meet him and they are not wrong! The English setter is an exceptionally friendly and approachable dog that appreciates all the affection they receive and are happy to give back in return. They are great companions and enjoy being involved with you day-to-day life and can easily adapt to your lifestyle.
Any tips for someone considering getting this breed?
You need to be consistent with your training and setting rules. The English setter does not have a double coat however they have along coat, which requires regular grooming. You need to be willing to include an English setter in every part of your life, as they are companions.
How interested/good at training or obedience?
The English setter has a short attention span and can be easily distracted, especially if there are birds around. They can get bored easily so 10-15 minutes of highly engaging training will be most effective. They respond best to positive reinforcement. When it comes to obedience they are definitely not a robot and are smart enough to know that they don’t have to always listen and often make their own decisions regarding what they want to do.
Any tricks, community work?
Griffith enjoys playing hide and seeks with his toys! As for community work Griffith loves making people smile by offering everyone a pat or a cuddle!
You can catch Griffith’s adventures on Instagram: @griff.on.the.hunt