Description: 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. Sometimes known as "Big Red or the Red Setter" they have boundless energy and are full of high spirits. Irish Setters are a little lighter and speedier than the other setters.
Other Names: Red Setter
Type: Gun Dog
Height: 25 - 27 inches
Weight: 60 - 70 lbs.
Colors: 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; good feathering.
Temperament: Irish Setters are active, affectionate
With Children: Yes, friendly and patient with children.
With Pets: Yes, if socialization to other animals is given when they are young.
Special Skills: Field sports dog and family pet.
Guard-dog: Very Low
Care and Exercise: Daily combing and brushing is required to keep the Irish Setters coat in excellent condition. Pay special attention during shedding. Needs a large amount of exercise. Lack of exercise can make them restless and difficult to train.
Training: Irish Setters have a mind of their own but are intelligent to understand what is expected of them. Use a consistent, loving approach when handling. Teach a puppy to come.
Learning Rate: High, Obedience - High, Problem Solving - High
Activity: Very High
Living Environment: A home with a fenced yard is mandatory. Owners of an Irish Setter should be patient and enjoy an athletic breed.
Health Issues: Skin problems, epilepsy, hip dysplasia, bloat.
Life Span: 12 - 14 years
Litter Size: 7 - 8
Country of Origin: Ireland
History: Developed by crossing spaniels, setters and pointers they 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.
First Registered by the AKC: 1878
AKC Group: Sporting Group
Registries: AKC, ANKC, CKC, FCI (Group 7), KC(GB), UKC