The Irish Setter is fun loving, energetic, affectionate & gentle. This breed enjoys interaction with people and other animals. They do not do well along for extended periods of time. Irish Setters play well with children, making them ideal family pets.
Their coat is medium in length, short on the head and longer on the ears & legs. Their wavy or straight coat also has feathering on the chest, tail & back of their legs.
Chestnut, Mahogany or Red are their coat colors. They may also have white markings on their chest or feet.
Daily brushing will help maintain their silky coat. Much more attention to their coat will be needed during seasonal changes. Only bathe when necessary. Bathing too frequently can deplete oils in their water resistant coats.
The Irish Setters life expectancy is between 12 - 14 years. Some health concerns to watch for in this breed are:
• Hip Dysplasia
• Hypertrophic Osteodystrophy (HOD)
The Irish Setter originated in Ireland in the 1700’s. They were originally bred to be hunting dogs. It is believed that they are direct descendants from crossing Irish Water Spaniels, Pointer, Gordon Setters & other Spaniels. This breed was first recognized by the AKC in 1878.