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Male & Female English Setter Weights & Heights by Age

Written by: Z


Z is a Special Project Coordinator of HomeLife Media and a writer for She has 3 dogs namely Skye, Luna, and one of them is a rescue, named Tesla.Read more
| Published on April 12, 2024

The English Setter is a graceful and athletic breed, renowned for its unique speckled coat and friendly demeanor. On average, male English Setters stand about 25 to 27 inches tall at the shoulder and weigh between 65 and 80 pounds. Females are slightly smaller, typically ranging from 23 to 25 inches in height and weighing between 45 and 65 pounds. These measurements can vary slightly depending on the dog’s lineage and overall health. Known for their agility and endurance, English Setters are built to cover a lot of ground, whether in the field or as a family companion.

Male English Setter Weights & Heights by Age

The following chart contains the average weights and heights of male English Setter from newborn to 3 years of age. Please note these are only averages. Always consult with your veterinarian if you have any concerns about your English Setter’s growth.

Age (Months/Years) Average Weight (lbs) Average Weight (kg) Average Height (inches) Average Height (cm)
0-1 5-10 2.3-4.5 8-10 20-25
2 10-20 4.5-9.1 10-12 25-30
3 20-30 9.1-13.6 12-14 30-36
4 30-40 13.6-18.1 14-16 36-41
5 40-50 18.1-22.7 16-18 41-46
6 50-55 22.7-25.0 18-20 46-51
7 55-60 25.0-27.2 20-22 51-56
8 60-65 27.2-29.5 22-23 56-58
9-12 65-70 29.5-31.8 23-25 58-64
2 years 65-80 29.5-36.3 25-27 64-69
3 years 65-80 29.5-36.3 25-27 64-69

Female English Setter Weights & Heights by Age

The following chart contains the average weights and heights of female English Setter from newborn to 3 years of age. Please note these are only averages. Always consult with your veterinarian if you have any concerns about your English Setter’s growth.

Age (Months/Years) Average Weight (lbs) Average Weight (kg) Average Height (inches) Average Height (cm)
0-1 4-8 1.8-3.6 7-9 18-23
2 8-15 3.6-6.8 9-11 23-28
3 15-25 6.8-11.3 11-13 28-33
4 25-35 11.3-15.9 13-15 33-38
5 35-45 15.9-20.4 15-17 38-43
6 45-50 20.4-22.7 17-19 43-48
7 50-55 22.7-25.0 19-21 48-53
8 55-60 25.0-27.2 21-22 53-56
9-12 60-65 27.2-29.5 22-24 56-61
2 years 45-65 20.4-29.5 23-25 58-64
3 years 45-65 20.4-29.5 23-25 58-64

These tables are based on general guidelines and can vary greatly depending on individual dogs. Always consult with a veterinarian or professional breeder for more specific information about your pet’s growth and development.

FAQs about a English Setter Puppy’s Growth and Development

1. How fast will my English Setter puppy grow?

English Setter puppies grow rapidly in their first six months, gaining weight and height quickly. You may notice significant changes in size week by week. This growth will slow down as they approach their first birthday.

2. What is the average weight for an English Setter puppy at 3 months?

At 3 months, an English Setter puppy typically weighs between 20-30 pounds (9.1-13.6 kg). They should be gaining steadily if fed a balanced diet appropriate for their age and size.

3. When do English Setter puppies reach their full height?

English Setters generally reach their full height by 18 months of age. However, they will continue to fill out and gain muscle mass until they are about 2-3 years old.

4. What should I feed my English Setter puppy to ensure proper growth?

Feed your English Setter puppy a high-quality puppy formula that meets the nutritional levels established by the AAFCO. Ensure it is specifically formulated for large breeds to support healthy bone and joint development.

5. How can I tell if my English Setter puppy is overweight?

Check by feeling around their ribs and spine; you should be able to feel the ribs without a thick layer of fat. An overweight puppy may have fewer visible body contours and a more rounded face.

6. What are the height milestones for an English Setter puppy?

English Setter puppies typically increase in height by about an inch per month until they are about six months old. After that, height growth slows and is minimal after one year of age.

7. Is there a difference in growth rate between male and female English Setter puppies?

Yes, male English Setters usually grow larger and heavier than females. Males also tend to reach their adult size slightly later than females due to their larger final size.

8. How much exercise does my English Setter puppy need during growth?

Puppies require moderate exercise tailored to their age and health. Short, supervised play sessions several times a day are ideal. Avoid intense exercise to prevent stress on their developing bones and joints.

9. Can over-exercising harm my English Setter puppy’s growth?

Yes, over-exercising a puppy can lead to joint and bone problems, including hip dysplasia. It’s important to provide exercise that is appropriate for their age and physical development.

10. How long will my English Setter puppy continue to gain weight?

English Setters continue to gain weight until they are about 2-3 years old, although the rate of weight gain will decrease significantly after their first year.

11. What are common growth-related issues in English Setter puppies?

Common issues include hip dysplasia and other joint problems, which can be mitigated with proper diet, controlled exercise, and regular vet check-ups.

12. Should I use growth supplements for my English Setter puppy?

Growth supplements are generally not necessary for a puppy that is receiving a balanced diet. Consult your vet before adding any supplements to your puppy’s diet.

13. How often should I weigh and measure my English Setter puppy?

Weighing your puppy monthly and measuring their height every three months is sufficient to monitor their growth. This can help you track whether their growth is on an appropriate curve.

14. What signs indicate a growth problem in English Setter puppies?

Limping, difficulty in moving, reluctance to play, or visible discomfort during or after activity may indicate a growth problem. Early vet intervention is crucial to address any issues.

15. How does neutering/spaying affect the growth of an English Setter puppy?

Neutering or spaying can affect the growth of your puppy, potentially leading to a slightly taller stature due to delayed closure of the growth plates. Always discuss the best timing with your veterinarian.

16. What is the expected growth curve for an English Setter from birth to maturity?

English Setter puppies grow quickly for the first six months, then growth slows until they reach physical maturity around 2-3 years of age. They gain both height and weight in the first year, with weight gain continuing into the third year.

17. Can poor nutrition affect my English Setter puppy’s growth?

Yes, poor nutrition can significantly impact your puppy’s growth by causing underdevelopment or health issues like bone disorders. A balanced diet specific to large breed puppies is crucial.

18. What role does genetics play in my English Setter’s growth?

Genetics play a significant role in determining the size your English Setter will grow to be, including potential hereditary health issues. Knowing the health and size of their lineage can provide valuable insights.

19. How do I monitor my English Setter puppy’s growth at home?

Keep a growth chart to log weight and height at regular intervals. Compare this with standard growth charts for English Setters to ensure they are on track.

20. What is the best way to support my English Setter puppy’s growth?

Provide a balanced diet, regular veterinary check-ups, appropriate exercise, and lots of love. Ensuring they grow in a healthy environment is key to their development.

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