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Irish Setters are an elegant breed with a
long and lustrous Mahogany coat. The breed
is intelligent, playful, loving and high spirited.
These dogs were developed in Ireland in the
early 18th century specifically for hunting
birds. Irish Setters are swift in the field
and have excellent hunting abilities.
Early ancestors of this breed had red and
white coats, however, by the 19th century,
a solid red Irish Setter first appeared and
became most desirable. Today in the United
States, Irish Setters typically have a sold
red or Mahogany coat. This solid coat is the
only acceptable type in the show ring according
to the AKC, although the Standard does not
penalize for a small amount of white on chest,
throat or toes, or a narrow centered streak
The Irish Setter breed was first imported
to the United States in the 19th century.
These dogs quickly became popular and remain
so today, not only in the US, but all across
the world. Irish Setters are recognized as
being "one of the most beautiful of all
At withers, the height for an Irish Setter
is 25 inches (64 cm) for bitches and 27 inches
(69 cm) for dogs.
Weight: The weight for an Irish Setter
is approximately 60 lbs (27 kg) for bitches
and 70 lbs (32 kg) for dogs.
Coat Type: The Irish Setter's
coat is moderately long, silky and glossy.
The hair is short on the head and forelegs.
Daily brushing or combing is necessary. The
Irish Setter is an average shedder.
color of the Irish Setter's coat is Mahogany
- deep, reddish brown.
Temperament: Irish Setters
are playful, energetic and high spirited.
They're also affectionate and great with children
and they make a wonderful companion. Irish
Setters are very intelligent and can be housetrained
quickly and easily. Owners must be firm, yet
patient and always loving, never harsh or
cruel especially when training. This breed
has a very high energy level therefore should
be exercised often - especially so they can
run, play and stretch their legs. Irish Setters
have a strong hunting instinct and will take
off on a scent so they should be kept in a
secure area when out to play. This breed is
slow to mature - both physically and mentally.
Health Problems: Irish Setters
are generally a healthy breed. However, there
can be health concerns which include: hip
dysplasia, progressive retinal atrophy (PRA),
epilepsy, boat, skin allergies, entropion,
hypothyroidism, hyperosteodystrophy, bone
cancer and CLAD (Canine Leukocyte Adhesion
Deficiency. The average life expectancy for
an Irish Setter is between 11 - 15 years.
• Irish Setters' ancestors were
originally bred to be red and white.
• In Gaelic, the name 'Irish Setter'
translates to Madra rua or "red dog".
• In the United States, the Irish
Setter was initially called the Irish Red
• Irish Setters are commonly
recognized as being one of the most beautiful
of all dog breeds.
• The Irish Setter
breed is believed by most to have been developed
from a mix of Irish Water Spaniel, English
Setter, Irish Terrier, Pointer, Spaniel, and
also just a bit of Gordon Setter.
AKC: Sporting Group
ANKC: Group 3 - Gundogs
CKC: Group 1 - Sporting Dogs
FCI: Group 7 Section 2: British and Irish
Pointers and Setters
UKC: Gun Dog