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Small-sized French Setter

Size: Medium / Large

Weight: 45 - 71 lbs.

Height: 18.5" - 23"

Life Span: 12 - 14 years

Health Problems: Excellent health record. No known hereditary conditions.

Origin: France (1600s)

Also Known As: Braques Francais de Petite Taille, French Pyrenean Pointer

Group: Gun Dog

Category: Companion Dog

Exercise Needs

The Small-sized French Setter is an active breed that requires several long walks and play sessions per day.

Grooming Needs

The Small-sized French Setter needs minimal grooming: occasional brushing and bathing. Check ears regularly.


The French Setter is an active, eager-to-please breed that is best trained with gentleness. It thrives on human interaction and enjoys the company of other animals. This breed makes a loving household companion. Generally suitable for both urban and rural living environments.

Compatibility with Kids

Good with children and other dogs.


The breed originated in the Pyrenean region of France and is a descendant of the Spanish and extinct Southern Hound.

Pet Facts

Michel Gelinas was reported by Gun Dog Magazine to have imported the first of the breed to North America in the 1970s. Extremely similar to the French Gascony Pointer, but its legs are about 5-inches shorter. The breed is rarely seen outside of France.