The Irish Setter

The Irish setter

The Irish setter is a very big fluffy dog that is considered as a good companion because they offer great joy and playfulness. In this article, you are going to get useful information about this beautiful dog.


This dog was brought to the US around the early 1880’s. The Irish setter was a guard dog which commanded much respect and was often used in the hunting of game.

It was not until in the 1870’s that the American Field brought into existence what was then known as Field Dog Stud Book (FDSB). This is actually where dog registration started. The FDSB is actually the oldest pure breed. In the beginning, people could register their dog even if this was simply as a result of mixing two different breeds. It was around this period that the Irish setter’s ancestors came into existence, which implies that setter was bred with bloodlines from native Irish setters and from the Lavarack breeding of English setter.

Thus, there is a great possibility that Irish setters that were in the 1880’s did not resemble the ones today. However, the setters that was completely red was preferred more, thus the dog followed in this direction. There was a great concern that later resurface when some basic facts came into the lime light, this breed was created as many as 760 conformation champions, but on the hand, the field champions that were left was only 5.

This was a very serious concern since the Irish setter was going extinct and this particular situation needs serious remedy. Thus, complete outcrosses were the ultimate solution. Then they decided to bring together the last working Irish setter from the states and dogs from Europe. This is how they outcross red and the white field champion English setter.


This kennel has many field champion dogs that came from the bloodlines from both the FDSB dogs and the AKC dogs. These dogs are big, with long fur that has a lot of feathering. This is a high maintenance breed. The average height of a male range between 24-28 inches and the females 23-25 inches, and the average weight range from 25-35 kg.


This breed of dog was trained in Ireland to hunt games. Ever since, it has gradually moved from hunting game to show dog. It is very intelligent, easily trainable and as such requires constant activity. It always needs something to keep him busy, thus it is very good for active families. This breed is very loyal and can show signs of affection. Finally, since they are very alert, they are used as guard dogs.

For those who are very interested in keeping an Irish setter, be ready for an energetic dog that requires regular exercise and some very strict training because they can be very stubborn at times. This dog breed requires regular brushing; else there will be hair in every corner of the house.

Something that is not well known by most people about this dog is that they usually have white markings on the face, chest and feet. This is as a result of the close link between the dog and its ancestors.

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