If all goes well with your English Setter, you should be able to get 10 to 12 years of a life expectancy. This is a breed with a few floating health conditions to be wary about.
When you buy an English Setter, make sure you make a purchase from a breeder with a good reputation. The breed should be able to provide you with the proper documentation and health clearances. On top of that, you should schedule regular visits with your veterinarian to ensure the maximum of health.
Along with the Shar Pei, Bernese Mountain Dog and Tibetan Mastiff, the English Setter ranges in the same neighborhood for OFA’s Hip Dysplasia incidental rate rankings. In fact, this breed ranks at 65th, according to the survey by the Orthopedic Foundation for Animals. The breed has the same dysplastic rate as the Shar Pei at 16.0%. Hip Dysplasia is a painful malformation of the hip that can lead to discomfort and lameness.
One of the bigger issues with this breed is issues arising with Hypothyroidism. 31.4% of all English Setters, that were part of Michigan State University’s survey were found to have this hormonal condition. Also, the Orthopedic Foundation for Animals lists the breed as the highest rate for autoimmune thyroiditis. It’s very important to test your Setter, because it is likely that the Michigan State University study under states the percentage of Setters with Hypothyroidism.
Deafness is another key problem with this breed. The Setter was found to have a 12.4% incidence rate for congenital deafness, according to the Louisiana State University findings.
Atopic Dermatitis is the second most common allergic skin disease found in dogs. This is a key problem for the breed, that can occur from grass, house dust, and mold spores. Runny eyes, runny nose, red irritation marks around the body and skin infections are all consequences.
Finally, the breed does face issues with Elbow Dysplasia. In fact, the English Setter is 24th at 15.6%. Other breeds like Bloodhounds, American Pit Bull Terrier face similar incidental rates. Elbow Dysplasia is particular within large breeds, which is the result of abnormal growth and development in the elbow causing pain and lameness.