Irish Setter Dog Breed Information


Irish Setter Quick Facts
Irish Setter
Breed Group: Sporting
Origen: Ireland
Nickname: Irish
Weight: 60-70 lbs
Height: 25-27 inches
Color(s): Mahogany or rich chestnut red


Irish Setter Appearance

The Irish Setter is among the most breathtaking breeds. Itís an active, aristocratic and elegant breed. He had a substantial build that enables them to hunt with great speed and stamina. The body is slightly longer than tall. The medium size eyes are almond in shape and the low set ears are long and hang close to the head. The skull is oval when viewed from above or front; very slightly domed when viewed in profile. The long tail almost reaches the hock, is thicker at the base tapering to a point. The Irish Setterís coat is relatively long, flat and moderate in length. The most common colors are mahogany or rich chestnut red. The weight of the Irish Setter is around 60-70 pounds; and the height is around 25-27 inches.

Irish Setter Temperament

The Irish Setterís personality is fun, loving, playful and affectionate; always eager to please and be part of the family. Training the Irish Setter is not difficult, they are highly intelligent, willing to learn and respond quickly to positive training. The Irish Setter is a slow maturing dog, both mentally and physically. They have no guarding instincts as they are not a naturally aggressive. They get along with other pets, and are good with children. The Irish Setters are usually loving and friendly that even the unwanted visitors are enthusiastically welcome. But early socialization and obedience training is important to make sure they will get along with cats, and other house pets. They are also widely used as therapy dogs in schools, nursing homes and hospitals with great therapeutic results.

Is Irish Setter the Right Dog Breed for You?

The Irish Setter needs much strenuous exercise every day in order to stay in shape. When not properly exercise or left along for long periods of time he may become bored, and can be destructive. The Irish Setter that gets enough outdoor activity will be calm and pleasant indoors. Itís recommended a minimum of one hour a day of exercise and because his energy, they are not recommended for apartment life and do its best with at least a large, safely fenced yard where they can run free. They could live outdoors in temperate or warm climate but need to have access to its family and will be best when dividing his time between inside and outside. The Irish Setters thrive on constant human companionship.

Irish Setter Life expectancy

The life expectancy of the Irish Setter is around 10-12 years.

Irish Setter Health problems

There is a number of health problems associated with this breed. The major concerns are CHD (Coronary Heart Disease), PRA (Progressive Retinal Atrophy) and Gastric Torsion (bloat). They are also prone to osteosarcoma, hypothyroidism, epilepsy, entropion, and CLAD (Canine Leukocyte Adhesion Deficiency).

Irish Setter Care and Grooming

The Irish Setter coat requires a regular brushing and combing every two to three days to prevent matting. Brush with a firm bristle brush, and dry shampoo occasionally. Bathe in mild soap only when necessary. The ears should be check regularly to make sure that are clean.

Irish Setter Shedding

The Irish Setter is an average shedder, and therefore is not well suited to allergy sufferers.