Irish Setter

Irish Setter
Vital Statistics:
Place of Origin: Ireland
Group: Sporting dog
Height: 25-28 in.
Weight: 55-75 lbs.
Life span: 12-15 yrs.
Trainability: high
Good with children: yes
Good with other pets: yes

What is the origin of the Irish Setter?

Ancestors of the Irish Setter include pointers, spaniels, and other setters. Originally red and white, the pure red form of the Irish Setter first appeared in the 19th century. They were used for locating game, then would freeze when the scent was found and “set” on the ground.

What does the Irish Setter look like?

The Irish Setter has a well-muscled body, height 25-28 inches, weight about 60-75 lbs. The head is long and lean with a square muzzle. Ears are set low and back, hanging close to the head. They are long, silky and feathered. Eyes are almond shaped and hazel or dark brown. The tail is set low and carried level with the body, with feathering. The coat is a rich reddish chestnut, straight and flat to the body with feathering on the tail, back legs and belly. Regular brushing will keep the beautiful coat clean and glossy.

What is the temperament of the Irish Setter?

The Irish Setter is a lively, affectionate, mischievous dog. early firm obedience training will help curb bad behavior. Devoted and loving with the family, Irish Setters are not always tolerant of strangers. They are high energy dogs and need lots of exercise. They are good with children and other animals.

What are the uses of the Irish Setter?

Still used as a hunting dog, the Irish Setter competes in obedience and agility trials, tracking and pointing and retrieving. It is a loving companion dog.

Possible Health Issues

CLAD (Canine Leukocyte Adhesion Deficiency), epilepsy, bloat/gastric torsion, hip dysplasia, hypothyroidism, progressive retinal atrophy.


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