Originally called the Irish Red Setter the Irish Setter is derived from a variety of spaniels, setters and pointer breeds and at one time was a red and white dog which shorter legs than those that are seen on the breed today. During the 19th Century after intensive selective breeding had taken place the lustrous pure chestnut coloured red setter emerged. Both the Irish Setter and its English counter are ancestors of the Spanish pointer and the Irish Setter is a particularly good all round hunting dog. Not only is he fast but he has an extremely good nose and is able to cope with any kind of terrain. Today the Irish Setter is bred as a show dog rather than as a hunting dog.
The Irish Setter is part of the AKC Sporting group and was admitted to the American Kennel Club in the 19th Century.
Height: 24-28 inches
Weight: 55-75 pounds
Longevity: 11-15 years
The Irish Setter has a feathered silky coat and is long and silky all over the body except around the head where the hair is short and fine. Even the feet of an Irish Setter are covered with hair. The ears of an Irish Setter are triangular, thin and soft to the touch and are long and low set. The legs are long and muscular and it is slightly longer than the height at which is stands. The nose is often brown or black and the nasal canal is straight. The stop on a Irish Setter is greatly accentuated and their eyes are either chestnut or dark hazel in colour. The chest of this breed is rather narrow and their thorax is deep and streamlined. The tail on the Irish Setter should be carried horizontally and have a fringe. They are extremely swift with an excellent sense of smell and are able to cope with all sorts of terrains and climates.
Color: Shades of Chestnut or Mahogany
Irish Setters are extremely energetic, intelligent and affectionate dogs as well as being high spirited and full of energy. They are also known to be very lovable as well as being impulsive at times in fact some can seem giddy or highly strung whilst others may be more reserved in the way they interact with people.
The Irish Setter breed tends to bloat and are particularly prone to epilepsy and severe skin allergies as well as being prone to PRA, auto-immune disease and hypothyroidism. The ears are also particularly prone to becoming inflamed and some may end up having to have an operation for Otitis.
Irish Setter’s are not suited to life in an apartment and it is best if they have a home with a large garden and they are more suited to living in the country rather than a town or city. Because the Irish Setter is a highly active dog they require lots of exercise and if possible be able to run around free. If they do not get a long brisk walk on a daily basis they may become restless and difficult to manage.
An Irish Setter needs to be brushed and combed daily in order to keep their coat in excellent condition. Although the Irish Setter is an average shedder the coat should be kept free from burrs and tangles. It should only be bathed and dry shampoo used when it is necessary.
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