"Setting dogges" is an ancient term used for setters and the original purpose of the English Setter was to set or point upland game birds. From the best available information, it appears that the English Setter was a trained bird dog in England more than 400 years ago and there are works of art created in the early 15th century showing dogs that are discernible as being of a “setter type”.
The English Setter is a medium-sized dog which should have an elegant overall appearance. The English Setter Dog Breed has a personality and temperament that is mild mannered and sweet, and they make great family dogs. English Setters will want to be included in all family activities, are small enough to travel well in the car, and athletic enough to keep up on jogs, hikes and other outdoor activities.
The field type and show type English Setter look very different, even though they are the same breed. Field type setters are often smaller and are seen with less feathering and usually more distinctive spotting than show type setters.
English Setters can only tolerate being alone for a few hours at at time. They should not be raised in homes where they will be alone all day or they will become destructive chewers and neurotic barkers. Companion dogs don't always help the situation, either, unless the dogs are raised together as puppies and the Setter considers the other dog part of his pack.