The Irish Setter

Irish Setter

The Irish Setter was bred originally in Ireland to help with the hunting of game birds.

This beautiful and elegant breed is a mixture of several different dog breeds including English and Gordon Setters, the Irish Water Spaniel, and the Spanish Pointer.

These dogs have been carefully interbred to produce the wonderful features and characteristics that the modern day Irish Setter now posses.

A member of the Sporting Dog group, it was first registered with the AKC in 1878. The Irish Setter is also known as the Red Setter because of it's lucious, deep chestnut colored coat.

The Irish Setter is known today more for it's beautiful looks than it's hunting ability, so much so that some breeders are trying to restore the hunting instincts back into the dog.

This breed's hair is moderately long and straight. The Irish Setter is a large dog, weighing in at 65-75 pounds and standing at a height of 26-28 inches.

The females are a bit smaller, weighing 55-65 pounds and standing 24-26 inches tall.

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The Irish Setter and People

Irish Setters need regular exercise and are not happy living in appartments. A large yard and plenty of walks with your dog will keep him happy. If not exercised regularly these dogs can become a nightmare to live with.

The Irish setter is one of the most affectionate breeds and loves to be with people. This breed needs constant interaction with humans and does not like being left alone.

Unfortunately, their large size and tremendous energy means that these dogs are often left in the yard for much, if not all, of the day.

To show you their displeasure, they will often chew up items and bark constantly.

Training the Irish Setter is not always easy. The Irish Setter is an intelligent breed and most of these dogs have an exceptional memory. The breed will remember everything it is taught, both the good and the bad.

Early training is mandatory, because without training, the setter can be a very stubborn and willful animal. This dog is overflowing in enthusiasm and will quickly develop bad habits if left unchecked.

The Irish Setter and Health

Irish Setters are fairly healthy dogs, but they are prone to several genetic disorders. Thyroid or epilepsy problems are common, as is bloat.

If you want a good natured dog with plenty of energy, then an Irish Setter may be the perfect choice for you. Just be prepared for some serious obedience work when your dog is a puppy, or you may be the one being walked when you take your full grown dog for a stroll.

The Irish Setter and Grooming

Grooming the Irish Setter is a pleasure. Many owners take pride in brushing and combing the silky coat regularly to keep it free of matting. You may want to have the coat professionally trimmed every few months. A professional dog groomer can keep the Irish Setter's coat gleaming. Irish Setters shed quite a bit. Their hair will come off on everything they come in contact with

If your dog romps in the woods, you should be prepared to do additional grooming to keep the coat free from burrs and tangles. You should also pay special attention to the coat when the dog is molting.

Training Your Irish Setter