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Irish Setter Puppies
Description: The Irish Setter is an aristocratic bird dog who has a rich, lustrous red coat and an expressive face. They are a friendly and amusing breed who enjoy children and make good pets, gundogs or watchdogs. They enjoy human companionship and may be boisterous at times. They have even been known to run up to other dogs just to play with them. They highly enjoy running circles around people or dogs in an attempt to play. Irish Setters are slow to mature, making them ideal candidates for the person who loves the puppy mentality. Sometimes known as "Big Red or the Red Setter" they have boundless energy and are full of high spirits. They love to exercise and exert themselves with anything, which requires careful training by the owner so that their busy minds do not turn to more destructive behaviors if they are bored. Irish Setters are a little lighter and speedier than the other setters. They are not as heavy as their cousins, and are known to be one of the most elegant looking. Irish Setters have a well muscled, thin body with drop ears that hang low. They have long fur that is wavy and feathered, and long limbs and tail to complete. Their brilliant red color attracts the eyes of judges and pet lovers alike. The Irish Setter is the perfect breed for a fun-loving, active family.
Other Names: Red Setter, Modder rhu (Red Dog in Gaelic), Red Spaniel
Type: Gun Dog
Height: 25 - 27 inches.
Colors: Mahogany or rich chestnut red
with no trace of black. They may also have white markings on the head, chest,
throat, or sometimes the toes. A star on the forehead or narrow streak or
blaze on the nose or face is permissible.
Temperament: Irish Setters are active,
affectionate and exuberant. They love to play, and will actively seek out
playmates, often making circles around them. They get along well with other
animals, especially horses, making them unable to guard effectively. They
get along very well with children, despite their excited behavior. They love
to be around their owners, and need discipline with a sensitive hand. They
are sensitive to their owners, and need not be harshly punished. Irish Setters
are very outgoing, friendly, spirited and lively throughout their adulthood.
They mature slowly, making them have the demeanor of a puppy most of their
Watch-dog: High. They are very alert,
and very good gundogs.
Care and Exercise: Daily combing and
brushing is required to keep the Irish Setters coat in excellent silky condition.
Pay special attention during shedding. Irish Setters need a large amount of
exercise. Lack of exercise can make them restless and difficult to train.
If they become too bored, they can turn to destructive behavior to entertain
themselves, so they should be walked and played with daily.
Activity: Very High. Irish Setters
are equipped with boundless energy.
Health Issues: Skin problems, epilepsy, hip dysplasia and bloat. Bloat is a health issue to most dogs, being the second largest killer of dogs other than cancer, but Irish Setters can be particularly susceptible to it because of their deep chests. Other health concerns include eye problems, hypothyroidism, and osteosarcoma.
Life Span: 12 - 14 years.
Country of Origin: Ireland
First Registered by the AKC: 1878
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