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Irish Setter

The Irish Setter is a large, energetic sporting breed that is outgoing. This native of Ireland is known for his beautiful coat and trainability.


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Physical Characteristics
  • Medium to large build
  • Mahogany or rich chestnut-red coloring
  • Oval eyes, dark to medium brown
  • Black or chocolate nose
  • Thin ears hang close to head
  • Coat: Short and fine silky hair; feathering at legs, tail, ears and chest
  • Tail carried low
  • Height: 25-27"
  • Weight: 60-70 lbs.
  • Average lifespan: 12-15 years
  • Outgoing, carefree, cheerful, kind-natured, stable, sociable, energetic, eager to please
  • Interaction with people: Good with mature children; wants to be part of family activities
  • Training: Easily trained and housebroken
Medical Conditions

While the listed ailments may be common in this breed, not all members of the breed suffer from these conditions. Responsible breeders screen for orthopedic and genetic diseases.
At Home
  • Not recommended for apartments
  • Needs a large yard
  • Needs long, brisk daily walks
  • Average shedder
  • Needs daily brushing
  • Bathe with dry shampoo only when necessary
  • When shedding, remove burrs and tangles from coat
Other Facts
  • The earliest ancestors were not solid red, but a mix of red and white
  • Contrary to popular belief, the three setters - English, Gordon and Irish - are three separate breeds
  • Became one of the most popular pets in America in the 1970s
Breed History
  • Native to Ireland
  • Assumed to be a blend of Spaniels, Pointers and other Setters
  • Bred to be large enough to be seen from a distance, to have a keen sense of smell and to be very fast
  • Became popular in the 18th century, especially throughout Ireland and the British Isles
  • Imported to America in the 19th century
  • Widely popular as a bird-hunting dog
  • Became one of the most popular pets in America in the 1970s
For more information about this breed and breeder referral contacts, please visit the Irish Setter Club of America For breed rescue opportunities, visit ISCA Rescue
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