Bathing, Grooming and Examination

The Setter's long coat will get very dirty in bad weather. Even when walking in rain, it will get black underneath (although it is remarkable how clean it will become when it dries). You should consider the action you will have to take when returning to a clean house with a dirty dog after exercise. A setter's feet, when untrimmed, can hold a lot of mud.

Regular combing and brushing of the soft, flat, medium-length coat is all that is required to keep it in excellent condition. It is important to check for burrs and tangles daily, and to give extra care when the dog is shedding. Bathe or dry shampoo only when necessary. Trim the hair on the bottom of the feet and clip the nails. This breed is an average shedder.

Make it habit always to check the following areas of your dog when you return from a walk where the dog has been allowed to run freely:

Opinions differ about how often you should bath your dog. Some say only when necessary, others do it once a month. I would suggest you bath your Setter at least once a month. I bath my Setter two-three times a month, using a special shampoo for skin allergies. If your dog is itching due to skin problems or allergies, you should bath your dog very often for a period, maybe once or twice a week, using a special shampoo. Also see your vet about the condition, your dog may suffer from Hypothyroidism, a little well known, but very common disease amongst Setters and other dogs.

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