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Irish Setter – Dog Breed Guide

Breed summary

Size: Medium to Large
Weight: 55 - 75 pounds
Height: 24 - 28 inches
Longevity: 15
Bark Tendency: Medium
Aggression: Low
Compatibility to other pets: High

Adopt an Irish Setter, Dog Breed Guide


The Irish Setter dog breed was created primarily to be setting dogs when hunting various game across Ireland. Today, this dog breed evolved into a versatile hunter and athlete. Irish setters are known for their impressive skills in hunting, tracking, retrieving and pointing. This Irish dog breed is also known to be very athletic, proving itself to be a top contender in agility and competitive obedience trials.

Official Name

Irish Setter
Other Name:
Irish Red Setter


Date – 19th Century
Country – Ireland
Family / Group – Gun Dog, Sporting

Recognized By

Continental Kennel Club
Fédération Cynologique Internationale
American Kennel Club
United Kennel Club
Kennel Club of Great Britain
Australian National Kennel Club
Canadian Kennel Club
National Kennel Club
New Zealand Kennel Club
Australian National Kennel Club
American Pet Registry, Inc.
American Canine Registry
Dog Registry of America, Inc.
North American Purebred Registry, Inc.


During the eighteenth century, Irish hunters created a dog breed specifically to hunt upland game birds. They crossed various dog breeds from different groups, combining spaniels, pointers and setters of English lineage with Gordon Setters. The end result is the Irish Setter. During their initial years, developers of the Irish Setter dog breed produced both red and while and solid red dogs. Today the Irish Red and White Setters are considered to be a separate breed.


There are a lot of things to love with the active and playful Irish Setter. These are dogs that are very outgoing, lively and very friendly as well. They are never aggressive or hostile and will always get along with children and other dogs.

Bred For

Irish Setters were used as setting dogs. They also show impressive skills in hunting, tracking, retrieving and pointing. To top that, Irish Setters are also known to be excellent watchdogs. This versatile dog breed is also known to be athletic and shows excellence in agility and competitive obedience trials.


The Irish Red Setter should be avoided to keep as apartment dog pets. They can adapt to this type of dwelling environment only if they have their high levels of energy satisfied through vigorous exercise. along with them. This breed does best with a large yard.


Irish Red Setters should be groomed daily by brush or comb. These setting dogs have soft flat coat that is easy to groom but requires regular sessions to do it. These Irish dogs will shed hair in average amounts.


The Irish Setter dog breed are known to be tough to train if they sense weakness on their owners or handlers.


The Irish Setter is a dog breed that tends to gain weight easily, especially if their feeding are not supervised. Instead of feeding this dogs heavy meals, owners are advised to give them three meals that have small servings. There are a handful of medical conditions that Irish setters are commonly plagued with. These includes epileptic seizures, skin allergies that may turn to severe dermatitis problems. These dogs are also known to have high risks of acquiring elbow and hip dysplasia. Other diseases common among these setting dogs are hypothyroidism, eye problems, autoimmune diseases and ear infections.


Irish Setters like all dogs in the setter group need daily long brisk walks or jogging sessions with their owners. Failure to do so will make them restless and very difficult to manage as home pets.