Irish Setters

Should You Adopt The Irish Setter Dog Breed?

Irish SettersIrish Setters are a great family pet and companion for any active people.

These Setters have been bred for both the show ring and for working in the field. They vary slightly in size and appearance depending on their breeding with field dogs being slightly smaller and more energetic. Both breeds are energetic though so you should adopt or buy one if you are prepared for daily walks and playtime


This breed is known for its affectionate and playful personality. They get along well with children and other pets in the house.

Like any breed of dog they need to be supervised around younger children and children need to be taught how to behave around dogs. This will ensure safety for both the pet and the child.

Like many other hunting dogs they need a lot of activity and human companionship or else they will be hyperactive and probably destructive as well.

They are very intelligent and fairly easily trained. The key is starting early and being consistent.

Health and lifespan

Like other Hunting Dog Breeds the Red Setter dog breed is at risk of Hip Dysplasia, Renal Atrophy and Epilepsy. They are generally very healthy dogs though

They are at risk of having bloat (twisted stomach) so try to space out the daily feedings and watch for signs of swelling in their chest and belly as well as signs of discomfort

If they are properly cared for including good nutrition, regular exercise and good veterinary care they will live up to 15 years

Size and Appearance

They are also known as the red setter due to their deep red coat. Their coat is silky smooth and longer. They require frequent brushing to avoid matting. Daily brushing is ideal so keep that in mind when considering this breed.

This Setter is a medium breed standing 23-27 inches (58-69cm) and weighing 55-70 pounds (25-32kg). Females are at the lower end of these ranges and the field dogs are also on the smaller end of this scale
A great place to adopt this breed is an Irish Setter Dog Rescue

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