Setters – Characteristics, Temperament, Health, & Training

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First off, Setters are known for their intelligence, obedience, and trainability. They make excellent pets and working dogs and respond well to positive reinforcement training methods.

Setters are usually good with children and make great family pets, but they can be difficult to train. Setters are high-strung, love to play games, and will become bored with repetition. Setters do not like being left alone for long periods of time, they can be prone to barking or howling during this time. Setters are ideal dogs for people who live active lifestyles with plenty of room outdoors in which the Setters can run around freely before coming back inside to spend some quality time with their owners.


Overall, Setters are beautiful dogs with great personalities and temperaments – but as with any breed of dog, it is important to do your research before bringing one into your home to ensure that they are the right fit for your lifestyle and personality. Setters are usually energetic without being hyper, love to play games, and can be protective of their owners – Setters tend to bark whenever something unfamiliar appears. Setters will usually bark when they want something (they’re pretty food-orientated). Setters also like belly rubs (be careful about this one – Setters like to eat the belly rub oil with their food for some reason), love to give kisses, and are very personable. Setters are great dogs that make excellent family pets, but Setters need attention from their owners or else they can become destructive. Setters are “big dogs in small dog bodies” – Setters tend to think that they’re the boss of everything and need plenty of exercises, both physically and mentally, to stay happy and healthy. Setters are easy to train with positive reinforcement methods, but they can be stubborn at times. Setters usually have a good temperament and get along well with children. Setters make great working dogs and love to please their owners. Setters need plenty of space to run around and should not be left alone for long periods of time. Setters can be prone to barking or howling when they’re bored. So if you’re considering bringing a Setter into your home, make sure you have the time and resources to devote to them.


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In terms of health, Setters are typically a healthy breed with few health concerns. However, some potential health problems that can occur in Setters include hip dysplasia, elbow dysplasia, progressive retinal atrophy (PRA), and canine epilepsy.


While Setters are known for being obedient dogs that respond well to positive reinforcement training methods, they also have a tendency towards stubbornness as opposed to taking orders – so it is very important that you assert yourself as the owner/alpha dog early on with Setters and continue reinforcing your dominance throughout their lives. Setters also need plenty of exercises, both mentally and physically – so make sure you have the time to devote to your Setter if you’re considering bringing one into your home.

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