Irish Setter Puppies

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An intelligent and social family dog

Irish Setters are among the most popular family dogs. They are known for their calm, social demeanor and make wonderful companions for adults, as well as kind and lively playmates for older children.

Irish Setter At a Glance

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Irish Setter At a Glance

  • Size: 24"-27", 50-70 lbs.
  • Lifespan: 11-15 years
  • Energy Level: high
  • Coat: Flat, silky, and wavy
  • Shedding: moderate
  • Hypoallergenic: No
  • Dog Group: Sporting
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Irish Setter Breed Guide

Learn More About Irish Setters

  • Temperament

    Irish Setters are gentle, outgoing, and intelligent dogs with a ton of energy. They're full of gusto and love being the center of attention, and they're friendly to just about everyone, though they may sometimes be too rambunctious for small children. Irish Setters take a long time to mature, so training requires patience and enthusiasm. With the right form of training, however, Irish Setters are eager to learn and please. These dogs also require plenty of vigorous exercise, often more than just a walk. If not given enough physical and mental stimulation, the Irish Setter can become frustrated and hyperactive inside the house.

  • Health

    Irish Setters are generally healthy dogs, but could be prone to certain medical conditions, like Hip Dysplasia, Osteochondrosis Dissecans, Hypothyroidism, Canine Leukocyte, Epilepsy, Progressive Retinal Atrophy, Hypertrophic Osteodystophy, Gastric Torsion, or Panosteitis.

  • Activity Level

    Irish Setters demand a lot of rigorous activity, usually more than just a daily walk or two. These pups can get agitated and hyperactive indoors if they aren't provided with proper physical and mental stimulation, so they are best suited for active households.

  • Grooming

    Irish Setters should be brushed at least twice a week or more with a pin brush or soft bristle brush to keep their rich red coat gleaming. If you encounter any tangles, work through them with a long-toothed metal comb as soon as possible, before they develop into mats. They typically won't need bathing more than a few times a year unless they rub against something smelly.

  • Shedding

    The Irish Setter's silky coat sheds moderately year-round, shedding more heavily in the spring and fall. Because this breed frequently sheds, it is not a good fit for households with allergies.

  • Appearance

    The Irish Setter is medium to large in size with an athletic body and a deep chest. Their most recognizable feature is their coat, which is a beautiful shade of chestnut or mahogany. An Irish Setter's fur is long and fine and requires regular brushing.

  • History

    The Irish Setter was born in Ireland, most likely during the 18th century. It is believed to have been the result of breeding English Setters, Gordon Setters, and several types of spaniels and pointers. The goal of crossing these different breeds was to produce a superior hunting dog that was large enough to be seen from a distance. In 1875, the first Irish Setter was brought to the United States, and the breed was recognized by the American Kennel Club (AKC) three years later. Irish Setters quickly became one of the most popular breeds in America, and they performed extremely well in dog shows. Although they've decreased in popularity a bit since the 1970s, Irish Setters remain a common and lovable breed.