About ESA

The English Setter Association has a worldwide membership of around 700. The majority of these are based in the UK, although it also has
members from many European Countries, Australia, New Zealand, South Africa, USA, Canada, Japan and elsewhere.
The English Setter Association invites every owner of this wonderful breed to join.
The Annual Fee for Membership includes the cost of an annual members yearbook and one newsletter. Overseas Membership is available to residents outside the UK inland postal rate area. Joint Membership is available for two members of one family. The annual subscription is due on the first of January each year. 

Members must be fully paid up or will not be entitled to conditions of membership i.e. Yearbook, Newsletter, reduced entry fee or vote.  After two years of non-payment the ex-members name will be removed from the yearbook members list.
The cost for UK Membership is £10.00 for a single or joint membership. Overseas Membership is £15.00 for a single or joint membership.

Application for Membership
If you wish to apply for membership of the English Setter Association, please print and complete a copy of the Application Form from this web-site and forward it to the Treasurer with your payment of the annual subscription. Payment must accompany applications, a Banker's Order Form is also available by downloading should you wish to use this payment method. By joining the ESA, all members are expected to abide by the Associations Code of Ethics.
The forms highlighted in red are available for download, just click the required form.

PDF Application Form
PDF UK Members Bankers Order Form
PDF Overseas Members Bankers Order Form

The completed form should be sent to:
Mrs Val Isherwood
Level Gate, St Johns Chapel
Bishop Auckland, Co Durham DL13 1RB
or Tel: 01388 537688
If you have any query regarding Membership, please contact the Treasurer or Secretary

Code Of Ethics

Association Members:

1.    Will properly house, feed, water and exercise all dogs under their care and arrange for appropriate veterinary attention if and when required.
2.    Will agree without reservation that any veterinary surgeon performing an operation on any of their dogs which alters the natural conformation of the animal, or who carries  out a caesarean section on a bitch, may report such operations to the Kennel Club.
3.    Will agree that no healthy puppy will be culled. Puppies which may not conform to the Breed Standard should be placed in suitable homes.
4.    Will abide by all aspects of the Animal Welfare Act.
5.    Will not create demand for, nor supply, puppies that have been docked illegally.
6.   Will agree not to produce a litter from a bitch under the age of two years or to breed from a dog or bitch which could in any way harm them  or the breed.

7.    Will not allow any of their dogs to roam at large or to cause a nuisance to neighbours or those carrying out official duties.
8.    Will ensure that all dogs are microchipped and recommend  properly tagged collars and will be kept leashed or under proper control when away from home.
9.    Will clean up after their dogs in public places or anywhere their dogs are being exhibited.
10. Will only sell dogs where there is a reasonable expectation of a happy and healthy life and will help with the re-homing of a dog if the initial circumstances change.
11. Will supply written details of all dietary requirements and give guidance concerning responsible ownership when placing dogs in a new home.
12. Will ensure that all relevant Kennel Club documents are provided to the new owner when selling or transferring a dog, and will agree, in writing to forward any relevant  documents at the earliest opportunity, if not immediately available.
13. Will not sell any dog to commercial dog wholesalers, retail pet dealers or directly or indirectly allow dogs to be given as a prize or donation in a competition of any kind. Will not sell by sale or auction Kennel Club registration certificates as stand alone items (not accompanying a dog).
14. Will not knowingly misrepresent the characteristics of the breed nor falsely advertise dogs nor mislead any person regarding the health or quality of the dog.
15. Will groom all dogs under their care.
16. Will agree without reservation that any orthodontist performing an operation on any of their dogs which alters the natural confirmation of the animal, may report such operation to the Kennel Club.
17. Will supply to the new owner when selling or transferring a dog the pedigree of the dog or bitch for at least three generations, the KC/BVA Hip Scores of the parents, confirmation that a puppy has been wormed, when the next worming is due and a copy of this Code of Ethics.

It is recommended that imported dogs used for breeding, and any puppies kept for breeding sired by a foreign dog should be mandatory tested for NCL and PRA 4 DNA testing unless proved Hereditary clear for the conditions.  The breed requests that tests for NCL and PRA 4 are recorded on the Kennel club database for dogs tested.

Breach of these provisions may result in expulsion from the Association membership, and/or disciplinary action by the Kennel Club and/or reporting to the relevant authorities for legal action, as appropriate

To download this Code of Ethics click  -   Download Ethics

English Setter Association Welfare  (ESAW).

The ESA are in the process of introducing English Setter Association Welfare (ESAW)
There has been consternation amongst the Officers Committee and Members that English Setter Association Rescue (ESRA) is moving away from the premise for which it was originally set up.

In those early days when English Setters were much more prevalent than today, the ESA set up ESRA to deal with the many rescue cases that, unfortunately, result when a breed is very popular. After a while it became a charity and for many years was run under the guidance of ESA Members who had first hand experience of our breed.  At that point it was no longer under the umbrella of the ESA and although we worked closely with those involved, we had no jurisdiction over how the rescue was run.

Recently there has been a lot of disruption within ESRA and although we have tried to support the present Trustees, none of whom are ESA members, they have made it very clear they do not need or want our input.

We have a wealth of experience within our present committee, but more importantly we have the expertise of Fran Grimsdell who for many years was a Trustee and co-ordinator of ESRA. Fran who resigned from ESRA has agreed to be Co-ordinator of ESAW and will work closely with the Officers & Committee to ensure the safe rehoming and welfare issues of vulnerable English Setters. ESAW also pledges to help any owners who may be experiencing difficulties managing their circumstances and can speak in total confidence to Fran or the Officers of the ESA.

The Code of Practise for this venture which may need tweaking as time goes can be seen by clicking this link:-  ESAW CODE OF PRACTICE

Over the years many members of the Association have very generously donated to the rescue. We are now asking you to support ESAW in the same way. This venture needs a strong financial framework to succeed and more importantly ensure English Setter Welfare has the means to establish a viable service for any owners who find they are in difficulties. We are hoping that in time we can apply for Charity Status, but we have to have an annual income of at least £5000 before we can embark on that route. All accounts and reports will be presented at our AGM in future with a full update of progress. If and when we become a Charity, the ESA Officers and the Co-ordinator will be Trustees.

The Treasurer has set up a separate bank account for ESAW and details are as follows:-

Cheques made payable to English Setter Association Welfare and sent to the Treasurer
Mrs Val Isherwood, Level Gate, St. Johns Chapel, Bishop Auckland, Co. Durham DL13 1RB or paid directly using the following:-
Sort Code 30-90-09 and Account No. 53907960 or for an annual payment download ESAW standing order form, click STO

Fran Grimsdell, ESAW Co-ordinator can be contacted on Tel. 01953483536, Mob. 07879827439 or email

Members 2020 Yearbook Pages

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As one of it's services to the Membership the ESA publish an annual Newsletter. This is a quality publication
containing news items, results of recent hip scoring, obituaries, stories contributed by members, etc.
Every member receives a free copy of this Newsletter and is usually distributed by post during late November or early December.
If you have anything which you would like to be considered for inclusion in the Newsletter,
please contact the Newsletter Editor :-
Mrs J Tucker
Shepton Montague
Somerset BA9 8JD
Tel: 01749 812565