The English Setter Association

Welcome To The English Setter Association website.
This is the national breed club for the English Setter in the United Kingdom. It was founded in 1951 and has around 700 members worldwide. The English Setter Association aims to support those who own the breed as companions as well as those who wish to show their dogs. These pages will provide information on all aspects of owning an English Setter as well as all activities of the Association and its members.

Latest News

Jill Lee (Downend)

Jill Lee has sadly passed away after living a full active life, sitting still did not play a part of Jill's day.

Before moving to live near Wisbech, her home was in Bristol and those attending the shows held at Shepton Mallett and the Bristol area enjoyed the company of Jill and her dogs.  A lady who was not frightened of airing her views she was known for her eye for “a good dog”, be it an English Setter or other breeds. Jill made up Champions in Maremma Sheepdogs, Polish Lowland and Griffon Bruxellois but non overtook her love for the English Setter.

A lady who opened her door to any dog if they needed a good home, her experience as a cook gave her the ability to make sure all in her charge were not just loved but extremely well fed.

Jill will be greatly missed and we send condolences to her daughter Joy, grandchildren, great grandchildren and friends.

(Val Isherwood)


Its that time of year again and the Newsletter 22 file is looking rather sparse. Please send me any articles etc. as soon as possible or let me know that they are on their way. Favourite walks, holiday destinations or recipes for your dogs. I know that a lot of you use secure walking fields and I’d like to compile a list of really good ones around the country – so useful if you are travelling or on holiday and need somewhere safe to run your dogs. Photos of your dogs enjoying themselves also very welcome.

Please send anything to   Thank you.

c & M

You can now book for our Conformation & Movement Seminar by downloading form from this link: - BOOK
Just complete and send the form together with payment to the  address shown. Payment can also be made by BAC's.


Advice on buying an English Setter Puppy

Over the past two years during the Covid 19 lockdown demand for puppies have increased, together with unscrupulous people ready to take advantage of this situation. Highly inflated prices have been shown for English Setter puppies on some of the commercial websites. If you are considering buying an English Setter puppy the advice is to do your research first, especially if you have not owned the breed before. You can visit the Kennel Clubs 'BePuppywise' campaign, see for information, or contact English Setter Association members who comply with the clubs 'Code of Ethics', see Ethics.pdf.

Is the puppy you are buying registered with the Kennel Club from a reputable breeder. If the puppy has no Kennel Club registration the breeding could be questionable and from a puppy farmer or an irresponsible breeder. Reputable English Setters breeders have a considerable knowledge, an understanding of breeding, pedigrees, diet and health conditions. The puppy should be seen with its mother, both parents should have been hip scored, micro-chipped and these days are mostly BAER (hearing) tested, documentation should include all details together with Kennel Registration and a minimum 3 Generation Pedigree.  The price paid is up to the purchaser, but please be aware that the puppy will require inoculations and to raise a puppy correctly the cost of feeding your new addition should also be considered
.  When buying also make sure that the puppy meets the Kennel Club's recommendations and the Associations Code of Ethics.  Reputable breeders will always provide information on the puppy’s diet and worming advice, new owners can rest assured that their new puppy has been well reared. You will also be able to get help and support for your puppy if needed.

Details of available litters can be found on the English Setter Association website. Contact puppy co-ordinator Julie Weller at or make an enquiry with one of our listed breeders, click
English Setter links

If further information is needed please contact any English Setter Association member or ESA Secretary, Christopher Bird at

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English Setter Association Welfare (ESAW)
has gained charitable status

We are pleased to announce that having received notification from the Charity commission ESAW has been entered onto the Register of Charities and is now a registered charity.

A special mention and our thanks must be made to Gill Paterson, Sheree Parrish & Lynn Davis for their outstanding fundraising efforts for ESAW.

For the Rescue, Rehoming & Welfare of English Setters in the UK.

Meet the Officers & Committee


Mrs Valerie Foss


Chair Lady
Miss Glenis Williams


Vice Chair Lady
Mrs P Williams


Mr Christopher Bird


Mrs Val Isherwood


Mrs. P. Colton
Mrs S Cook
Mrs. J. Dennis
Mr. R. Green

Mrs. V. Hollis


Mrs. L. Howarth
Mrs. C. Jennings - Sharman
Mr. N. Kelly
Mr. P. Lawton
Mrs. T. Lewis


Mr. G. Morroll
Mrs. C. Normansell
Mr. S. Pitts
Mr. E .Stephenson
Mrs. K. Stephenson


Mrs H. Stewart
Mr. A. Swannell 
Mrs. C. J. Tucker 


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