Thinking about purchasing an Irish Setter? Then read our breed profile including a brief description, information on height, weight, color, coat, temperament, grooming, activity and history. Purchasing a new puppy is a commitment that may last ten or more years so please educate yourself on the Irish Setter breed, including all stages of their life from puppy hood to older dog.
Ask yourself will I be a good owner? Do I have the time it takes to train a new puppy? Do I have the resources to give my new dog a rewarding life. Do I have a local veterinarian that I can take my new dog to? Do I have a groomer or can I do the grooming myself on a regular basis. Fundamental requirements for a being a good Irish Setter owner;
Before making a purchase talk to the breeder, ask them many questions about their dogs and the breed in general. A good breeder will teach you about the Irish Setter and they will have many questions for you about your home and life style and if this breed is suited for you and your family.
Questions you may want to ask an Irish Setter Breeder:
It is recommended that you sign a contract with the breeder so that there will be no misunderstandings on the arrangements made. Then bring home your new Irish Setter and enjoy as "there is no greater love then a dog's devotion."
Irish Setter Profile
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 lives.
Watch-dog: High. They are very alert,
and very good gundogs.
Irish Setter 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.
Irish Setter 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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