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Irish Setter

 

Irish Setters have absolutely brilliant noses and—unlike scenthounds, who smell the ground—these dogs track their quarry by following scents in the air. They also run in zig-zags (a pattern called “quartering”), which lets them catch the scent of birds from all around. This breed, as you might expect, is often trained to locate, point, and retrieve birds.

But Irish Setters aren't just expert hunters. Their gorgeous red coats and loving, devoted demeanor has made them cherished canine companions. Several have even been First Dog! Irish Setters lived in the White House with two presidents.

Originally from Ireland (as you might have guessed from the name), this large-sized and high-energy breed can grow to between 60-70 pounds and lives an average of 12-14 years. The breed is recognized by the American Kennel Club and classified as a member of the Sporting group.

 

AKC RecognizedY
Breed's original pastimeHunting
OriginIreland
Breed groupSporting
Average lifespan12-14 years
SizeLarge
Bark factorModerate
AKC Ranking63
FamilyGundog, spaniel
Date of origin1700s
Original function Bird setting and retrieving
Today's functionPointing, pointing field trials
Average size of maleHeight: 27 Weight: 70
Average size of femaleHeight: 25 Weight: 60

 

Other nameNone
Energy level High energy
Exercise needs High
Playfullness Very playful
Affection level Very affectionate
Friendliness toward other dogs Very friendly
Friendliness toward other pets Very friendly
Friendliness toward strangersVery friendly
Ease of training Moderately easy to train
Watchdog ability High
Protection ability Not very protective
Grooming needs Moderately maintenance
Cold tolerance Medium tolerance
Heat tolerance Medium tolerance

BEHAVIOR & TRAINING

WHAT IS AN IRISH SETTER'S PERSONALITY LIKE?

Oh, to be an Irish Setter! Boisterous, fun-loving, and young at heart, nothing keeps these good dogs down. Their playful, happy nature makes them very family-friendly, and boy, do they love kids. They don't mind other dogs or pets, either; and a stranger is most likely a friend this pup just hasn't met yet.

WHAT IS IRISH SETTER BEHAVIOR LIKE?

Fast and enduring, Irish Setters are superior sporting dogs — they are built for speed and need lots of exercise. This dog lives to run. Whether you're training for a 5k or an ultramarathon, your Irish Setter will match you mile for mile. Once she's run enough, this four-legged furry friend is a calm and well-mannered housemate.

HOW EASY IS IT TO TRAIN AN IRISH SETTER?

Eager to please but somewhat distractible, the Irish Setter responds well to training. They're particularly willing to learn when there's food involved — isn't it funny how that works out? They excel at hunting and retrieving.

CARE & HEALTH

HOW MUCH DO IRISH SETTERS SHED AND WHAT ARE THEIR GROOMING NEEDS?

Irish Setters are moderate, seasonal shedders. Those luscious locks need regular grooming. Plan on brushing at least a few times a week to keep their silky hair from tangling or matting. Bathe your furry fashionista once a month.

WHAT HEALTH PROBLEMS DO IRISH SETTERS HAVE?

Though most Irish Setters are fairly healthy dogs, some have been known to develop eye disease, epilepsy, and cancer. This breed is particularly susceptible to bloat, a condition that requires immediate attention from your veterinarian. Familiarize yourself with the symptoms of gastric dilatation volvulus (GDV) and contact your vet at once if you suspect your dog might be suffering from this ailment.

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