Irish Setter

Also Called: Irish Red Setter

Irish Setter
Friendliness High
Kid Friendly High
Pet Friendly High
Exercise Needs Rigorous
Playfulness High
Energy Level High
Trainability Average
Intelligence High
Tendency To Bark Low
Amount Of Shedding Medium

The Irish Setter is a medium-sized purebred known for its rusty red coat. It’s a happy, friendly, energetic working and hunting dog that loves to spend time with family. This eager-to-please breed bonds closely with its human family members but can be stubborn when not given enough mental stimulation.

Breed Overview

  • Group: Sporting
  • Life Span: 10-15 years
  • Height: Medium
  • Weight: Medium
  • Coat: Short
  • Coat Colors: Rusty Red
  • Litter Size: 4-6
  • Family: Sight Hounds
  • Hypoallergenic: false
  • Recognition: AKC
  • Size: Medium

Training and Care

Irish Setters need plenty of daily exercise, a balanced diet, regular grooming, and mental stimulation to remain happy, healthy, and well-behaved. Training should begin early and with the help of an experienced dog trainer. The breed is eager to please and should respond well to positive reinforcement techniques. If not provided enough exercise, the Irish Setter can become destructive.

Diet and Nutrition

A balanced, nutritious diet is key for the Irish Setter, with plenty of protein and fiber. Adjust their diet as needed based on age, activity level, and other individual needs. Offer a combination of dry and wet food to ensure they are getting all the essential nutrients they need.

Health Problems

Irish Setters are prone to a variety of health problems, including hip dysplasia, heart problems, eye conditions, and ear infections. Regular veterinary checkups are recommended, as well as genetic testing for any inherited conditions. Responsible breeders can provide accurate information for prospective owners.

Breed History

The Irish Setter was developed from a variety of other sporting breeds, including the Irish Water Spaniel, Red and White Setters, and Gordon Setters. They were bred to be hunting dogs and later on developed into the Irish Setter as we know it today.

Where to Buy or Adopt

Irish Setters are available for adoption in many animal shelters and rescues. Reputable breeders are the best source to find a healthy, well-socialized puppy. Prices can range from $1,300 to over $2,000.

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