Irish Setter

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The Irish Setter (or Red Setter) is a breed of gun dog. It has a specific job of being the setter. It works well as a family dog also. Given its thick coat this dog does well in colder climes. These dogs have also found a fantastic role as therapy dogs given the nature. The job of a Setter is to locate and point at game birds, so that they can be shot by the hunter. For them to do their job they need to have high stamina and be well suited to moorland.


The Irish Setters coat is long and silky, it has a red colour. Males tend to weigh between 27 kg to 32 kg and have a height of 58 cm to 67 cm to the withers.


This dog has a lovely temperament. It tends to get along with everyone, including children and other pets. It should be noted though that other small pets may not work so well with this dog due to its breeding. It can be get overexcited during play and become to rough for small animals and small children. When it comes to training this breed can be stubborn and unresponsive. These dogs are suited to be watch dogs due to their loud nature but not good guard dogs due to their affectionate nature. These dogs require constant companionship.

Grooming and care

This dog tends to have fur which quickly gets matted so it is a requirement that the coat be brushed frequently to keep it in tip top condition. This is a very active breed so it need a lot of exercise. If not enough is given the results will be destruction and devastation to household furniture.


The Irish Setter has a life expectancy of 12 to 15 years. This tends to be a fairly healthy breed, that being said it ailments which may affect this dog include; Hip dysplasia, Hypothyroidism, Celiac disease, Progressive retinal atrophy, Epilepsy, Entropion, Canine Leukocyte Adhesion Deficiency, Hyperosteodystrophy, Gastric Torsion, Osteosarcoma, Von Willebrand's disease. It is important to put these into context though as many other dogs also suffer similar problems.