About ESA

The English Setter Association has a worldwide membership of around 700. The majority of these are based in the UK, although it also has members from many European Countries, Australia, New Zealand, South Africa, USA, Canada, Japan and elsewhere.

The English Setter Association invites every owner of this wonderful breed to join. The Annual Fee for Membership includes the cost of an annual members yearbook and one newsletter. Overseas Membership is available to residents outside the UK inland postal rate area. Joint Membership is available for two members of one family. The annual subscription is due on the first of January each year. 

Members must be fully paid up or will not be entitled to conditions of membership i.e. Yearbook, Newsletter, reduced entry fee or vote.  After two years of non-payment the ex-members name will be removed from the yearbook members list.

The cost for UK Membership is £10.00 for a single or joint membership. Overseas Membership is £20.00 for a single or joint membership plus any bank charges.

Application for Membership
If you wish to apply for membership of the English Setter Association, please print and complete a copy of the Application Form from this web-site and forward it to the Treasurer with your payment of the annual subscription. Payment must accompany applications, a Banker's Order Form is also available by downloading should you wish to use this payment method.

By joining the ESA, all members are expected to abide by the Associations Code of Ethics.
The forms highlighted in red are available for download, just click the required form.
PDF Application Form
PDF UK Members Bankers Order Form

PDF Overseas Members Bankers Order Form

The completed form should be sent to:
Mrs Val Isherwood
Level Gate, St Johns Chapel
Bishop Auckland, Co Durham DL13 1RB
or Tel: 01388 537688
If you have any query regarding Membership, please contact the Treasurer or Secretary

Code Of Ethics

Association Members:

1.    Will properly house, feed, water and exercise all dogs under their care and arrange for appropriate veterinary attention if and when required.
2.    Will agree without reservation that any veterinary surgeon performing an operation on any of their dogs which alters the natural conformation of the animal, or who carries  out a caesarean section on a bitch, may report such operations to the Kennel Club.
3.    Will agree that no healthy puppy will be culled. Puppies which may not conform to the Breed Standard should be placed in suitable homes.
4.    Will abide by all aspects of the Animal Welfare Act.
5.    Will not create demand for, nor supply, puppies that have been docked illegally.
6.   Will agree not to produce a litter from a bitch under the age of two years or to breed from a dog or bitch which could in any way harm them  or the breed.

7.    Will not allow any of their dogs to roam at large or to cause a nuisance to neighbours or those carrying out official duties.
8.    Will ensure that all dogs are microchipped and recommend  properly tagged collars and will be kept leashed or under proper control when away from home.
9.    Will clean up after their dogs in public places or anywhere their dogs are being exhibited.
10. Will only sell dogs where there is a reasonable expectation of a happy and healthy life and will help with the re-homing of a dog if the initial circumstances change.
11. Will supply written details of all dietary requirements and give guidance concerning responsible ownership when placing dogs in a new home.
12. Will ensure that all relevant Kennel Club documents are provided to the new owner when selling or transferring a dog, and will agree, in writing to forward any relevant  documents at the earliest opportunity, if not immediately available.
13. Will not sell any dog to commercial dog wholesalers, retail pet dealers or directly or indirectly allow dogs to be given as a prize or donation in a competition of any kind. Will not sell by sale or auction Kennel Club registration certificates as stand alone items (not accompanying a dog).
14. Will not knowingly misrepresent the characteristics of the breed nor falsely advertise dogs nor mislead any person regarding the health or quality of the dog.
15. Will groom all dogs under their care.
16. Will agree without reservation that any orthodontist performing an operation on any of their dogs which alters the natural confirmation of the animal, may report such operation to the Kennel Club.
17. Will supply to the new owner when selling or transferring a dog the pedigree of the dog or bitch for at least three generations, the KC/BVA Hip Scores of the parents, confirmation that a puppy has been wormed, when the next worming is due and a copy of this Code of Ethics.

It is recommended that imported dogs used for breeding, and any puppies kept for breeding sired by a foreign dog should be mandatory tested for NCL and PRA 4 DNA testing unless proved Hereditary clear for the conditions.  The breed requests that tests for NCL and PRA 4 are recorded on the Kennel club database for dogs tested.

Breach of these provisions may result in expulsion from the Association membership, and/or disciplinary action by the Kennel Club and/or reporting to the relevant authorities for legal action, as appropriate

To download this Code of Ethics click  -   Download Ethics

Members 2023 Yearbook Pages

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English Setter Association Welfare (ESAW)

For the  Rescue, Rehoming & Welfare of English Setters in the UK
 Registered Charity Number 1192215

In 1987 when English Setters were extremely popular the English Setter Association founded a RESCUE that dealt with those unfortunate dogs that needed help. The ESA is no longer associated with that rescue and the committee felt that it is important for the benefit of our breed to have available experts to guide new owners and to advise those who feel out of their depth.

ESAW is will be overseen by up to 7 trustees three of which will always be the Chairman, Secretary and Treasurer of the English Setter Association. We can offer advice and help with welfare issues and essentially the 'RESCUE' of English Setters and their owners.

It will primarily facilitate the safe rehoming of English Setters under the guidance of Fran Grimsdell who is the Co-ordinator of ESAW. Fran has many years of experience in this field and has a team of Area Reps who are all members of the ESA. Everyone associated with ESAW will have many years’ experience of owning English Setters.

This breed can be a challenge and we recognise the need for help, guidance, and possible rehoming. The purpose of this group is to make potential owners new to the breed aware we are willing and able to help with any problems they may encounter with all queries being totally confidential.

We also welcome any fund raising for the future of ESAW, so we can finance potential rescues. ESAW is now a registered charity and any advice received will be breed specific from members with a wealth of knowledge. We are primarily concerned with the welfare and rescue of the show type and British bred working setters.

Stella Oliver

ESAW also has its own website where further information is available. To view please click this link www.esaw.org.uk

Fran Grimsdell, ESAW Co-ordinator can be contacted on Tel. 01953483536, Mob. 07879827439 or email frantattersett@icloud.com

The Code of Practice for ESAW can be seen by clicking this link:- ESAW CODE OF PRACTICE .

To Donate.

The English Setter Welfare Association is there to help English Setters, their owners and those who are kindly prepared to give a dog a new forever home.

To reach our goals ESAW rely on donations. There are numerous ways we achieve this which includes The Fund-Raising Group on Facebook where stunning items of memorabilia are auctioned.  
Visit https://www.facebook.com/groups/612170356269465/about

Some supporters very kindly donate a monthly or annual amount. This can be actioned by using the ESAW standing order form shown on link below and sending to your bank.  Please use your name and postcode as reference.

To download ESAW standing order form, click  STANDING ORDER

A one-off donation may be paid straight to our bank, using the same details as the standing order form or by sending a cheque to:-

The Treasurer, Mrs V Isherwood,
Level Gate,
St. Johns Chapel,
Bishop Auckland,
Co. Durham DL13 1RB.

Please remember we are non-profit making and any amount is gratefully received and will enable us to help the English Setter and their owners.

Registered Charity Number 1192215



As one of it's services to the Membership the ESA publish an annual Newsletter. This is a quality publication
containing news items, results of recent hip scoring, obituaries, stories contributed by members, etc.
Every member receives a free copy of this Newsletter and is usually distributed by post during late November or early December.
If you have anything which you would like to be considered for inclusion in the Newsletter,
please contact the Newsletter Editor :-
Mrs J Tucker
Shepton Montague
Somerset BA9 8JD
Tel: 01749 812565
email: cjt@walshawsetters.co.uk