Irish Setter

History/Evolution:

A probable blend of spaniels, pointers, and other setters, the Irish Setter was developed by Irish hunters who needed a skilled bird-setting and retrieving dog large enough to be seen from a distance. Originally bred as red and white, the solid red of the Irish Setter gained favor in the 1800s. The breed’s elegant, striking looks have made it a champion in the show ring; its good-natured attitude and clownish personality have made it a beloved companion.


Size:

Large; females 25 inches, 60 pounds; males 27 inches, 70 pounds.

Color:

Mahogany or chestnut red.

Temperament:

Tireless hunter and an amiable companion if exercised enough. Rollicking personality, full of gusto, eager to please. Good with children, but may be a bit rambunctious for toddlers.

Energy level:

High.

Best owner:

Active owner or family in a suburban or rural home.

Needs:

Lots of exercise (minimum one hour of exertion a day), a social life, brushing every two to three days, consistent and gentle training methods, fenced yard.

Life expectancy:

12 to 14 years.