Dog Breed Profiles

Irish Setter

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Dog Breed Group
Sporting Dogs 
Origin of Breed
Ireland, bird dog 
Life Expectancy
12 - 14 Years 
Color
Rich chestnut with no trace of black. 
Coat
Short and fine on head, fronts of legs and tips of ears; moderately long, free and as straight as possible on rest of the body;  
Exercise Needs
Needs a large amount of exercise. Lack of exercise can make him restless and difficult to train. 
Temperament
He is a friendly and amusing dog who makes a good pet, gundog or watchdog. The Irish Setter is active and affectionate. 
Good with Children
Friendly and patient with children. Good with other pets, if socialization to other animals is given when he is young. 
Grooming Needs
Daily combing and brushing is required to keep his coat in excellent condition. Pay special attention during shedding. 
Average Size - Male (in)
27 
Average Size - Female (in)
25 
Average Weight - Male (lbs)
70 
Average Weight - Female (lbs)
60 
Health Issues
Skin problems, epilepsy, hip dysplasia, bloat.v
Living Conditions
A home with a fenced yard is mandatory. 

Breed Description

The Irish Setter is an aristocratic bird dog, who has a rich, lustrous red coat and an expressive face. He enjoys human companionship and may be boisterous at times. A little lighter and speedier than the other setters. Developed by crossing spaniels, setters and pointers he originally had a red and white coat. During the 19th century a chestnut red coat was introduced and is now the only accept color by American standards.

Breed Infobits

The Irish is also commonly known as the Red Setter because of its striking coat color.
Until the early- to mid-nineteenth century, Irish Setters were not only red, but also came in red and white; however, the red and white dogs are now considered a separate breed, the Irish Red and White Setter.
The Setter was originally a wonderful working dog.
The Setter, as its name indicates, takes a half-sitting stance to indicate the presence of the game to the hunter.
The Irish Setter is probably older than the English Setter.

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