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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.
Watch-dog: High 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 Class: Gundog Registries: AKC, ANKC, CKC, FCI (Group 7), KC(GB), UKC