Meet such a hunting breed of dogs as the English setter, take a look at his photo and description. Details of the care of the dog.
English Setter: Features
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|Attitudes towards children|
The Origin of the English Setter
Opinions about the origin of the English setter are very contradictory. According to a number of evidences, dogs of this breed in the 16th century took part in the hunting raids of Count Leicester. Some authors ascribe the Setter to Spanish descent, others directly derive it from the spaniel. In a word, the authentic roots of the setter are not easy to determine. It is known only that the setter, as such, is a purely English breed, regardless of the homeland of its ancestors.
Many are mistakenly convinced that the creator of the breed was Sir Edward Lavrek. However, this gentleman, who lived in the 19th century, did not create the English Setter breed, but only significantly improved its quality. Laurel's specimens were highly regarded among English hunters, as well as in Ireland and Scotland.
Thus, it can be argued that Lavrack's activities played a decisive role in the transition of the ancient history of the setter to the modern one. In Russia, the setter came in the early 20th century.
The character of the setter
Setter is a balanced and intelligent dog, with great disposition to training, tolerant of other dogs and very sociable with a person. Living in a house, she shows herself to be a devoted friend and loves to play with children . Many believe that the setter is not quite obedient - nothing like that. He just has a violent temperament, which must be restrained. Naturally, for his upbringing, it is necessary to stock up a little patience and not to resort to traumatic methods.
Care of the English setter
The wool of the setter is relatively long and wavy, so it tends to hoggle and tangle, especially in areas with fringe, chest and ears, so it is necessary to regularly comb the dog, especially after returning from the hunt. After such a procedure, the coat again becomes shiny and soft.
It is equally important to regularly clean the ears of the dog. Dirt and sulfur, accumulating in the ears, often leads to otitis, which can become chronic. For this procedure, a cotton swab dipped in boric acid or another drying and cleaning substance that does not cause irritation is sufficient.
In regular washing, the eyes need also. In this case, a cotton swab soaked in cold water is used. If the eyes are watery, it is necessary to examine them, raising their eyelids and, if there are any foreign particles, wash their eyes with a copious amount of water.
And now let's talk about the habits of an adult dog. The practice of working educations first arose in England. Their purpose is to test the hunting qualities of pointer and setter. Unfortunately, over time these tests have turned into pure competition water. Dogs are judged more likely by their conformity to one or another category than by their real hunting qualities.
And now let's digress from the past and talk about the setter's pace. First of all, it is worth emphasizing that unlike the pointer , whose gait reminds the running of a thoroughbred English stallion. The gait of the setter is more like the step of a cat. He runs fast, smooth and very careful gallop. The last of these qualities allows him to hunt in the forest, where his silky coat weakens the rustle of branches, which he pushes in his path and makes it almost silent. Another characteristic of the distinguishing setter from the pointer is his way of standing in front of the game. Setter in the position of the rack slows down the run and begins to lead the game. At the same time he moves on his half-bent legs, almost touching the ground with his chest, but holding his head high so he does not lose his scent and leads until he detains the game, thus making a maneuver that the hunters call a cat. Watching this dog in work, one can not help admiring this authentic masterpiece of hunting art.
And now let us say a few words about consent, that is, respect for a friend in pairs, so that he, having come into contact with the game, could detain her. In conditions of hunting without consent, it is indispensable. It is useless only if the dog works alone. If you are going to hunt with friends, the dog should be set up for agreement, otherwise you risk missing that opportunity, which is often the only one.
In conclusion, one clarification is necessary. Contrary to popular belief - the hunter is not the destroyer of animals, but only the exponent of a centuries-old tradition in which there is absolutely no place for violence. The only factor responsible for the disappearance of many animal species is progress, and with it the whole of mankind.