The English Setter was first developed in the 1600's and is one of the oldest of the gun dog breeds. They are also the smallest of the Setter breeds, known for their intelligence, athleticism, and their agility. While these dogs are rather active, they are also typically sweet and mild-mannered making them excellent family dogs as well as gun dogs. This breed prefers to be with their family at all times and while they are quite intelligent, these dogs can be a bit on the mischievous side and some can harbor a stubborn streak. Historically, this breed was used to track, point out, and retrieve land birds like quail and grouse.
English Setter Dog Names in Pop Culture
There are several notable canines with names that would be fitting for an English Setter. The first canine film star was named Blair, an English name that refers to the plains that many ground birds prefer as their habitat. Her breakout role was in the silent film Rescued by Rover in 1905 in which she led her master to a kidnapped baby. The short film was a family project and prior to the show Blair, a Collie or Collie cross, had simply been the Hepworth’s family dog, but like other films by the Hepworth family, it was a step forward in film, and it was the first time that a dog appeared in a narrative movie. Prior to the exhibition of the short move, the name Rover was an uncommon name, but it became popular shortly after this film came out.
Gander is another name that comes from the English vernacular, and it seems to be a fairly popular one. In 2000, a dog named Gander became the first animal to receive a Dickin Medal in 50 years for his deeds. Gander made significant contributions to the war efforts against Japanese invaders and during his last mission he intercepted a live grenade and rushed towards the enemy with it, giving up his life to save those of several Canadian soldiers. Gander is also the name of the PTSD service dog who received the AHA Hero Dog award and the American Kennel Club’s, “Award of Canine Excellence.” Gander is a poodle mix that was rescued from a high-kill shelter in Colorado and trained by Freedom Service Dogs, and not only serves to help his owner Lon control his severe anxiety, he travels the nation advocating for service dogs.
Kelsey is an Old English
name that is quite suitable for an English Setter, and apparently for Golden Retrievers as well, as it was the name of the
loyal Golden Retriever who saved the life
of her owner on New Years of 2017. When a Michigan man named Bob went out to
get some logs for the fire that cold morning he slipped and fell, breaking his
neck. He called out for help, but the only one to hear him was his faithful
Golden Retriever, Kelsey. Bob lay in the
snow from around 10:30 pm on New Year’s Eve until Kelsey’s frantic howls
finally got the attention of distant neighbors, and during that time Kelsey never
left his side, licking his face and hands and covering his body with hers to share
English Setter Dog Name Considerations
Choosing a name for your pet is an exciting and important step in taking care of your new companion. A good name, one that is simple for you to pronounce and one that the dog responds to, can help to improve both bonding times and training skills, however, a name that is difficult to understand may lead to a stubborn and confused canine. English Setters are hunting dogs that specialize in birds, so you will see a few bird names in the list, like Drake or Shea, as well as some names that describe the overall personality of the breed such as Standish, Dulcie, or Tyrell. Other names that are in this list may describe a physical trait that could be specific to your dogs, such as Frazier for a dog with a red or orange coat or Oprah for a dog with a fawn colored coat. Some people may even choose to give their canine a name with a trait that they are hoping will develop; which might result in names for your canine like Thaddeus or Aggie. Whatever your style when it comes to choosing a name for your English Setter, this list should be a helpful source of information.