August 20, 2017

AKC and UKC classify breeds into "groups" by their original purpose.
Northern or Spitz types may eventually be sub-divided.
Explore the Group descriptions below, or choose from the
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lifestyle and interests. If you already know just which breed you prefer, use the drop-down
list of all breeds!

Sporting Breeds

Bird dogs hunt and retrieve by scent and sight

Spaniel or Pointer,
Flusher or Setter,
Sporting dogs are
the hunter's go-getter!


Scent and Sight hounds hunt feather or fur

By day or by night,
to tree or to ground,
there's nothing so sweet
as the voice of a hound.

Working Dogs

Service work, police, draft, and protection dogs

Watchman at night,
companion by day,
he does your bidding
at work or at play


Courageous hunters and faithful friends

No fear, no pain,
no game's too rough,
a working terrier
is dog enough!

Toy Breeds

Diminutive, delightful and utterly devoted

A Toy is a toy, a
companion and more,
a treasure, a joy,
and a dog to adore


Utility dogs are multi-purpose, companions

No look-alikes here,
but tricks they can do.
Your very best friend
is rugged and true.

Herding Dogs

Pastoral breeds protect and control stock

They move, gather
and faithfully guard
cattle and sheep and
the kids in the yard.

Miscellaneous/Rare Breeds

Often foreign or newly developed

Shower me not
with gems so rare,
give me instead,
a diamond with hair


They are types or species more than "breeds"

Old as the dingo,
wild as the wind,
wise as coyote,
Man's very best friend

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Irish Setter Dog & Puppy Breed Information
Irish Setters average 65 pounds and 26”. Draped in a glossy red coat, the aristocratic bird dog with clown-like personality is a family favorite. Irish are intelligent, affectionate, and get along well with other animals and children. His sense of smell and swiftness make him a good bird dog.


Irish Setter Puppy & Breed Information


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The Irish Setter evolved in Ireland from a mix of Irish Water Spaniel, Irish Terrier, English Setter, Spaniel, Pointer, and Gordon Setter.  He was originally bred to “set” game, meaning he would crouch low and near the birds so the hunters could throw a net over the birds.  The Irish has adapted as gun dog that can point, flush and hunt. 


Irish Setter Coat, Color, Care: He is mahogany or rich chestnut red with no black, but can have a small amount of white on chest, throat, toes, or a narrow streak on his skull.  Regular brushing and combing of the soft, flat, feathered, medium-length coat is required to keep him in top condition.


Irish Setter Personality: He has an outgoing, energetic, affectionate and stable temperament.  His clownish behavior masks a highly intelligent dog that usually gets his way.  A calm, confident, consistent approach to rules and training along with plenty of socializing will help ensure good habits.


Exercise Requirements: The Irish Setter needs daily, strenuous exercise to release his rambunctious, field-dog energy.  He loves to fetch, and bicycle jogging, running in a large yard or free on a country estate suits his style and will help prevent nervous habits such as chewing or barking.


Health Concerns: Typically living between 10 and 15 years an Irish Setter may experience hip dysplasia which is common with large fast growing breeds but can be modified by diet.  He may be particularly prone to epilepsy, eye problems, PRA, auto-immune disease and hypothyroidism as well as ear inflammation (otitis).  Allergies, itching, or thyroid imbalance is often the result of environmental factors, not excluding medication side effects.  A natural (partially home cooked) diet may correct such disorders.


More Irish Setter photos, puppy pictures, and the Official Irish Setter Breed Standard
Irish Setter AKC Standard
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