|The Irish Setter's profusely feathered
silky coat comes in rich shades of chestnut to mahogany, sometimes
with splashes of white on the chest and feet. Black is not allowed.
Some young dogs have silvery-gray hair behind the ears and legs, but
these may disappear as the dog matures. Its coat is long and silky
except for the head, where it is short and fine. Even the feet should
be well covered with hair. The Setter's ears are triangular, thin,
soft to the touch, long and low set, and the legs are long and
muscular. The dog is slightly longer than tall. The length of the
muzzle should be equal to half of the length of the entire head. The
nasal canal is straight and the nose is black or brown. The jaws have
a close fitting dental arch. The stop is greatly accentuated and the
eyes are chestnut or dark hazel. The chest is rather narrow and
the thorax is deep and streamlined. The tail is carried horizontally
and is fringed.
|Irish Setters are energetic, intelligent,
affectionate, high-spirited, and full of energy. They have no guarding
instincts, get along with other animals, and are good with children.
Irish Setters are responsive yet sensitive. This breed can be giddy
and high strung, while some are more reserved. It is very lovable and
impulsive. Some are difficult to train, probably because of their
independent spirit, but given firm handling and plenty of exercise,
these dogs can be a joy to own. Irish Setters are extremely
swift, with an excellent sense of smell and are hardy over any terrain
and in any climate. The Irish Setter is used for all types of hunting.
It even works well on wetlands. Train this breed firmly at an early
age to prevent development of bad habits, as this breed tends to pick
up bad habits quickly. It is important to train for good house
manners. These dogs are said to be easily housebroken. Both field
lines and show lines make good pets, though the field lines are
generally smaller with shorter coats and a much higher activity
|Height: Dogs 26-28 inches (66-71cm.)
Bitches 24-26 inches (61-66cm.)
Weight: Dogs 65-75 pounds (29-34kg) Bitches 55-65 pounds (25-29kg.)
|This breed tends to bloat. It may be wise
to feed 2 or 3 small meals a day instead of one big one. The Irish
Setter is particularly prone to epilepsy and severe skin allergies.
They also suffer from eye problems and elbow & hip dysplasia. Also
prone to PRA, auto-immune disease and hypothyroidism. The ears should
be watched for ear inflammation. Ear operations for otitis often make
the dogs ill-tempered afterwards.
|The Irish Setter is not recommended for
apartment life and does best with a large yard. It is best suited to
country rather than city life, as he has a high activity requirement
and needs a lot of exercise.
|All Setters need plenty of exercise, if
possible, running free. If they don't get a long, brisk walk at least
daily, they will be restless and difficult to manage.
|About 11-15 years.
|Daily brushing and combing of the soft,
flat, medium-length coat is all that is required to keep it in
excellent condition. Keep it free from burrs and tangles, and give a
little extra care when the dog is moulting. Bathe and dry shampoo only
when necessary. This breed is an average shedder.
|The Irish Setter was originally called the
Irish Red Setter in the United States. It derived from a variety of
spaniels, setters, and pointers. At one time the Irish Setter was a
red & white dog with shorter legs than today's breed. In the 19th
century, following intensive selective breeding efforts, the
lustrous, pure chestnut red setter emerged to win both prizes and
hearts. It is probably older then the English Setter. The English and
Irish Setters are both ancestors of the Spanish pointer. The Irish
Setter is a fine all-around hunting dog. He is fast with an excellent
nose, and is good on any terrain. His technique for finding game is to
run quickly back and forth in front of the hunter. The Irish Setter is
both a pointer and retriever - particularly good for hunting game
birds. Because of his handsome looks, however, many breeders have
selected for beauty rather than hunting ability. So today's Irish
Setter is usually a show dog or a family companion, though he
sometimes still serves as a hunter. The Irish Setter's talents include
hunting, tracking, retrieving, pointing, watchdogging, agility and
|Gun Dog, AKC Sporting
|CKC, FCI, AKC, UKC, KCGB, CKC, ANKC, NKC,