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Physical Characteristics

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Breed Group:

The Irish Setter belongs to the Gundog and Sporting Groups.


Male show dogs: 70 lb.; female: approx. 60 lb.; Working dog approx. 45 lb.


Male: approx. 27 inches; female: approx. 25 inches


The coat is mahogany or rich chestnut red.


The Irish Setter sports a silky, flat-lying coat of moderate length with longer feathering. The head and forelegs have short, fine hair.



This stable dog has an enthusiastic personality. The Irish Setter is sensitive and responsive.

Country of Origin:



During the 1700s, the forerunners of the Irish Setter may include a variety of spaniels, setters and pointers. In the 1800s, the solid Red Setter appeared. Irish hunters used this breed for its visibility and fast work. With its exceptional sporting abilities, this gundog excelled in bird-setting and retrieving. Arrived in the U.S. in the 1800s, this breed adapted to hunting American game birds. In Ireland a dog named Champion Palmerston became a show dog. The stage was set for this breed’s transition from hunting dog to glamour.


Originally, Irish Red Setter. Red Setter. Temperament:

This boisterous dog is amiable. With its eager to please nature, the Irish Setter is a companion for the family.



Train this dog for good house manners early to stop bad habits. This high-spirited breed may be difficult to train. Include firm handling and plenty of exercise.


The Irish Setter requires plenty of outside exercise, such as at least two long, brisk walks daily. Let this pet be part of the family activities, including at least an hour of strenuous games. With its hunting experience, this breed is rugged over various terrain and wetlands. Be aware of its frustration indoors if not exercised.


Owners need to provide a house with a large yard in the country. With its demand for activity, the Irish Setter is not suited for city life. Although this breed is a good companion, its rollicking personality is not good for young children. Living inside with its family is the best arrangement.


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