Irish Setter

The Irish Setter is a native of Ireland and is believed to have been developed in the 1700s from several other breeds: Irish Water Spaniel, Irish Terrier, English Setter, Spaniel, Pointer, and Gordon Setter. Early on, the Irish Setter was typically white and red, but the solid red color became favored during the 1800s. Today, the Irish Red and White Setter is a separate breed. The name “setter” comes from the posture the dogs used to take while birding – they would crouch low to the ground, or “set.”

The Irish Setter first arrived in the US near the end of the 19th century. The breed was registered by the AKC in 1878.


60-70 pounds


Rich chestnut red or mahogany

Health Problems:

Responsible breeders strive to maintain the highest breed standards as established by kennel clubs like the AKC. Dogs bred by these standards are less likely to inherit health conditions. However, some hereditary health problems can occur in the breed. The following are some conditions to be aware of:

  • Hip Dysplasia
  • Hypothyroidism
  • Gastric Dilatation-Volvulus
  • Ear Infections (Otitis Externa)

About the Breed:

The Irish Setter is a sleek, noble and athletic dog breed that excels at hunting and other dog sports. This agile hunter is also fun-loving, affectionate and sometimes mischievous. The Irish Setter is happiest when near people and does best with active owners.The silky, shiny coat of the The Irish Setter is somewhat long and requires routine grooming. A thorough brushing should be done several times a week to prevent tangles and mats. Because of their long, floppy ears, Irish Setters are especially prone to ear issues, so close attention should be placed on keeping the ears clean and dry.

The Irish Setter is a playful and active dog that enjoys all kinds of activity. It is essential that the Irish Setter is given plenty of exercise, preferably several times daily. This breed loves to run. The Irish Setter’s energy level is also well-managed with proper training. This intelligent breed should respond well to many forms of training.

The Irish Setter is a loyal and friendly dog that can get along very well with children, though older kids are best for this active dog. The breed’s playful, upbeat personality adds to its versatility, making the Irish Setter a wonderful companion for all kinds of active families or individuals.

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