ALL ABOUT™ IRISH SETTER
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.
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