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Does anyone have any experience with English Setters? My wife breifly met one while she was jogging and now has to have one of course. I am a little hessitant to get her a puppy because she is alergic to dogs. More with some and hardly at all with others. I think this breed has hair and not a thick undercoat of fur. That should mean less dander and shedding. Any advise on that would be great. I would love a good bird dog that can also be a good pet. How do these dogs do as outside pets?
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I have had three English setters. They are fine as family dogs. All of mine were litter mates and loved to hunt, but not equally. One would hunt till she dropped, one would get tired and go back to the truck, and the other was some where in the middle
all three had excellent noses.
they are fine with kids and family. again, all a little different, on licked you to death, another thought she was a lap dog and the other was passive and only came by when the others werent there

NOW THEY DO SHED......LOTS AND LOTS OF LONG HAIR all around the house. not too much dander though

bottom line, they are great dogs for both hunting and family.
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It was our first dog growing up. I do prefer short hair dogs.
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Does anyone have any experience with English Setters? My wife breifly met one while she was jogging and now has to have one of course. I am a little hessitant to get her a puppy because she is alergic to dogs. More with some and hardly at all with others. I think this breed has hair and not a thick undercoat of fur. That should mean less dander and shedding. Any advise on that would be great. I would love a good bird dog that can also be a good pet. How do these dogs do as outside pets?


1) As an experiment pick up some dog chit and drop it on the kitchen floor, see if she likes cleaning it up.
1a) Urinate on the carpet and see if she likes cleaning that up.
1b) Repeat both 1 and 1a for the next 4 months.

If she's good with that get that Pup!

2) Allergies=trouble already, she'll sleep in another room when the dog hair gets flying.

3) Buy her jewelery instead.
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I've never had an English Setter, but rank them as among the finest-looking dogs on the planet. Your bride has good taste.

What's the contingency plan should you guys learn that she can't live with the allergies? I bet it wouldn't take a day to get the dog into a new home if it came to that...
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Dogs can be 15+ years of committment.

Research the breed and it's required care.

Sounds a bit rushed to me, but I've been wrong before.
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Had 1. It was nocturnal. If you didn't keep a good watch on him he would leave and come back in the morning as i weas going to work. Scared as heck of loud noises.
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actually for huntng breeds the life expectency is 10-11 years. this was right on with my three
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Had two as a kid; suckers ran away at every opportunity (must have been related to Thalasso's dog). Shed enough to fill a couch cushion every month - and I loved them dearly! When I got my own dog, got a Brittany, and fell in love all over again.
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Had one growing up, did quite a bit of quail hunting with her. She was the best and so were her pups.
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My4 brothers and I grow up with one. Great dog. Very good with kids. I am told we, would pull on its hair, etc. and never would the dog show any aggression. I miss that dog.
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Thaks for the replys. One good thing is the breeder is only 30 minutes from our house. This will allow the wife to see if her allergies can take it. She better not wear nice clothes when we go see the puppies. I am going to make her wrestle with those dogs for an hour to see how she fairs. The last thing I want is to give away an $800+ puppy. Especially one that I will get attached to.
It seems like eveyone has a general consinsous that these dogs shed a lot. Does grooming them help cut down on some of the shedding? How does this breed do as a primarily outside dog? Where I live the temperatures range from about 65 to 100 in the summer with an average around 85 in the afternoons. Winter ranges from 30 to 60 with an average in the low 50s in the afternoons. Of course I wouldn't leave the dog out at night in the winter or in the heat of the day when it's 100 with 85% humidity. Thanks
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mine were outside dogs during the day and always came in at night. you can brush them all you want, they will still shed. a Dyson with the animal atachment will be your friend..
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