The English Setter dates back to the 19th century. They were bred over 400 years ago in England. During this time, great care was taken in breeding to make this type of dog. This dog is best understood to come from a mix of English Springer Spaniel, large Water Spaniel, and the Spanish Pointer. While breeding to develop the English Setter, the traits needed for a good bird dog were taken into consideration. Not only is an English Setter a great bird dog, but they have the poise and disposition of a show dog as well.