Irish Setter

Personality:Outgoing, sweet-natured, active, and trainable

Coat & Grooming:No surprise here: The Irishman’s coat requires lots of brushing and combing

Energy Level:Very Active; High-energy dogs who love to run, Irish Setters need plenty of space and exercise

Originally: Ireland

Nicknames: The Irishman; Red Setter

Size: Large

Meet the Irish Setter

​First, there’s that gorgeous red coat. You won’t have to worry about losing track of your pet at the dog park—the flashy Irish Setter stands out in any crowd. Underneath the coat is a tough, substantial dog, over two feet tall at the shoulder and weighing 60 to 70 pounds. The breed was created as a hunter’s companion who can do a hard day’s work in the field. But this isn’t a clunky dog: Irish Setters are famous for their grace and speed.

What's Their Story?

​A setter locates game birds by using a keen sense of smell. The setter shows a hunter he’s found birds by “setting” down on his belly. Way back when, before guns were invented, setters worked together with trained falcons and hunters using nets. Today’s setters are “gundogs”—they work with a hunter using a rifle. The Irish Setter’s red coat makes it easy for hunters to spot from a distance. And the breed’s running ability comes in handy in the wide, flat Irish countryside.

What are they Like?

​The Irish Setter’s carefree attitude makes friends wherever they go. Their high spirits can make it difficult to train them for long periods. Short, positive training sessions are best for these upbeat, sensitive dogs. Irish Setters are eager playmates for kids. They’ll fetch tennis balls all day long, and look great doing it! Actually, Irish Setters are like big kids themselves. Usually, they won’t settle into adulthood until 3 years old. They’re wonderful pets for active families who enjoy spending quality time with their dog.

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