Irish Setter

Irish Setter information

In the past, the Irish Setter was named white or red Irish Setter. It is believed that the ancestors of the Irish Setter are the Spaniels.

The Irish Setter is a hunting dog. He is a good hunter on the field and on the marsh. His favourite preys are pheasants and goose. The Irish Setter has a very sharp scent that he uses to track his prey in the bushes. Whenever he finds a prey, he will stop pointing at a bush where the prey is hiding to notify his owner. The hunter will only have to shoot and the dog will retrieve the prey.

Irish Setters also make good companions. They are good natured dogs who enjoy the company of children. However, because of their origins, it is important to give them regular exercise.

Irish Setter characteristics

A Irish Setter measures between 25 to 27 inches and weighs from 27 to 32 kilos. They have a long haired red silky coat.

Irish Setter grooming

Irish Setter requires to be brushed and combed everyday. Doing so, will help you maintain a soft and glossy coat. When brushing your dog, do not forget to check the ears to prevent infections. The tail of the dog will need to be slightly trimmed. It is recommended to bath your dog a couple times a year. The coat should not be washed too often as it might damage the dog's hair and remove its natural grease.

On average, a Irish Setter will need professional grooming every 6 weeks.

Irish Setter temperament

The Irish Setter is known as a very affectionate breed, very loyal to its owners. Being calm and gentle, he is the perfect companion for children.

Irish Setters are very active and have kept, over the years a strong hunting instinct. Also they will be happier living in the countryside. It is highly recommended to have a high fenced garden as he can easily run away, chasing preys.

Irish Setter training

Irish Setters are very intelligent and are generally fast learners. When trained properly, they are happy to perform tasks to please their owners.

Irish Setter puppies will need a gentle but firm training. As most hunting dogs, Irish Setters can be stubborn. This should be seen as an opportunity to establish yourself as the pack leader, enforcing the rules. They also require a lot of exercise and challenges to remain healthy. Taking your dog to agility classes can be a good idea as Irish Setters like interacting with their owners and would benefit from further obedience training.

Irish Setter food habits

Like most dog breeds, it is recommended to feed a Irish Setter twice or three times a week to avoid gastric torsion. They will need to be fed with a good quality aliment which suits their level of activity.

The appearance of the Irish Setter coat is a good indicator of his diet. A shiny coat is a sign of a healthy diet whereas a faded coat could be interpreted as a need to a change the animal's diet.

Irish Setter health

Irish Setter are generally healthy dog with a life expectancy of about 12 to 14 years. However a few disease have been noticed within the breed such as:

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