The Irish Setter is a gorgeous, friendly dog. Though they were once primarily used by
hunters to locate and retrieve game, today they are wonderful family pets that are good
with children, loving and affectionate.
Original Purpose: Locate and Retrieve Game Male Height: 26 to 28 Inches Female Height: 24 to 26 Inches Weight: 60 to 75 Pounds Life Span: Approximately 12 to 14 Years
An adorable Irish Setter Puppy!
As mentioned above, the Irish Setter is a gorgeous dog. They
have a rich red coat ranging from chestnut to mahogany in color.
This breed requires moderate grooming needs. A daily brushing
(paying special attention to the ears) is ideal in order to keep
the Irish Setter's coat healthy and shiny.
Along with daily brushings, the Irish Setter needs plenty of
exercise. If you are a couch potato, this dog is NOT for you!
This big, boisterous canine is highly energetic and enjoys long
walks, free running (in a dog park or large yard) and plenty of
active play (such as a game of fetch).
The Irish Setter is an independent thinker, therefore, he can be difficult to control off
leash. Firm, positive, fun training is an absolute must. If properly socialized the Irish
Setter enjoys the company of other canines. They also enjoy playing with and being
around children. It is important to note that small children should be supervised around
this breed as they can be overly energetic and boisterous and accidents can occur.
Ideally, a country setting is best for this lively breed. However, they can adapt and thrive
in a city setting as long as they get plenty of playtime and exercise. Irish Setters that
become bored due to lack of activity, attention and play can become depressed and
possibly destructive (say goodbye to your couch cushions!).
The Irish Setter is generally a healthy breed. However, they, like other dogs, are prone to
certain ailments. Skin allergies, thyroid problems and hip malformation (dysplasia) are
common among this breed. It should also be mentioned that the Irish Setter is an
energetic eater (they tend to gulp down their food). Therefore, it is important that they be
fed two or three small meals per day so they do not develop a condition known as
This breed enjoys the company of other dogs.
If you are looking for a large, fun loving
dog that enjoys exercise and being
outdoors…then the Irish Setter may be
the perfect pooch for you! These highly
affectionate, intelligent, sociable dogs
love companionship and make perfect