Rosie the English Setter came to stay at the B&B. Just 22 months old, Rosie took her owners Judy & Michael off for an 18 mile walk around Portland. We dog sat that evening and Rosie played and bounced around the place as though she’d never been on that long walk. The following day off she went again walking for miles and miles, then we looked after her whilst her owners went out to eat at the famous Crabhouse Café. Rosie was the life and soul of the evening yet again tearing around the house, wrecking Archie’s toys and stealing freshly collected eggs. Very entertaining, but Archie our Cavalier King Charles Spaniel, wasn’t sure he could cope with the disruption to his sedate life here at the farm!
The English Setter is one of the oldest breeds of gundog, with a history that traces back to the 14th century. It was developed over hundreds of years from the spaniel and was originally called a Setting Spaniel, used for finding and setting birds. They would be worked on moorland, ranging out freely in front of the hunter, quartering the ground and looking for birds. When located, they would crouch (or set) and remain motionless facing the birds, often lifting a paw to indicate the position of the quarry. The hunters would then approach and lay nets so that on a given command, the dogs would rise and drive the birds into the nets. Use of the net continued until the late 18th century, but as use of the gun replaced the net, the term Setting Spaniel was replaced by that of Setter.dash The original Setters were owned by noble families who kept them for their working abilities. There is no evidence of where these dogs originated, but it is quite likely that some were brought back from the Continent (Europe/Asia) following wars during those times. The Setters did not separate into the breeds we know today until the 19th century, although there were various recognised strains of Setter, named after the aristocratic families who kept them.