Irish Setter Breed Profile


KC Group Gundog

Size Large

Good with children? Unknown

Good guard dogs? No

Moulting level Medium

Grooming Moderate

Exercise requirement Lots

Jogging partner Yes

Irish Setter Breed Profile

The Irish Setter is a Gundog who can adapt to 'pet' life providing plenty of opportunity to run freely is given. They love people and are ideally suited to country life opposed to town.

History of the Irish Setter

The Irish Setter is also often called the Red Setter (or Madra rua, which means ‘red dog’ in Gaelic) because of his stunning coat. It is said that the same gene that makes the Irish Setter red is responsible for so many Irish and Scottish people having ginger hair and freckles — but this may or may not be true! Two Irish Setters have been owned by US presidents and have found their way into the White House, one called Mike, owned by Harry Truman, and the other called King Timahoe, owned by Richard Nixon. Despite having such a royal name, King Timahoe disgraced himself by shredding a carpet in the Oval Office!

Irish Setter character

More suited to country than town, the Setter loves free gallop and will take plenty of exercise to occupy its mind. Lovely family dogs, loves children and are relatively easy to obedience train. Likes to be with people and not left on their own for too long. Requires firm and consistent training, otherwise can be quite a handful. A fast dog who is clean, intelligent and generally loves life.

Irish Setter size

Can be up to 68.5cm and 32kg in weight.

Irish Setter health

Generally healthy, but Hip Dysplasia is known, also gastric torsion can occur, so take care feeding and exercising.

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Irish Setter care

This is a racy gundog and unless given attention and exercise, can be incredibly boisterous in the home.

Remember! All breed profiles are general and every dog is an individual.