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Irish Setter

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Breed Information
Popularity (2015) #72
Name Irish Setter
Other names Red Setter, Irish Red Setter
Origin Ireland
Breed Group Sporting (AKC:1878)Gundog (UKC)
Size Large
Type Purebred
Life span 12-14 years
Temperament AffectionateCompanionableEnergeticIndependentLivelyPlayfulIntelligent
Height Male: 26 - 28 inches (66 - 71 cm)Female: 24 - 26 inches (61 - 66 cm)
Weight Male: 65 - 75 pounds (29 - 34 kg)Female: 55 - 65 pounds (25 - 29 kg)
Colors Mahogany
Litter Size 7-10 puppies
Puppy Price Average $800 - $1000 USD
Breed Characteristics
Adaptability 5 stars
Apartment Friendly 1 stars
Barking Tendencies 1 starsRare
Cat Friendly 5 stars
Child Friendly 5 starsGood with Kids: This is a suitable breed for kids and is known to be playful, energetic, and affectionate around them.
Dog Friendly 5 stars
Exercise Needs 5 stars
Grooming 4 starsModerate Maintenance: Grooming should be performed regularly to keep its fur in good shape. Professional trimming or stripping needed.
Health Issues 3 starsHypoallergenic: No
Intelligence 4 starsRanking: #35
Playfulness 5 stars
Shedding Level 3 starsModerate Shedding: Expect this dog to shed regularly. Be prepared to vacuum often. Brushing will reduce shedding as well as make the coat softer and cleaner.
Stranger Friendly 5 stars
Trainability 4 starsModerately Easy Training: Training won't require too much attention and effort, though it won't be easier than other breeds. Expect results to come gradually.
Watchdog Ability 3 stars
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Puppy Names
Rank Male Female
01 Buddy Bella
02 Cooper Daisy
03 Jack Lola
04 Harley Maggie
05 Duke Emma
06 Toby Chloe
07 Sammy Roxy
08 Teddy Bailey
09 Cody Nala
10 Gizmo Layla

Among the most breathtaking of dogs, the Irish setter's beauty is in part the result of necessity. Its elegant, yet substantial build enables it to hunt with speed and stamina. Its build is slightly longer than tall, giving ample room for movement without interference between fore and hind legs. The trot is ground-covering and efficient. The coat is flat, straight and of moderate length, with longer feathering on ears, backs of legs, belly, chest and tail, providing protection from briars without becoming entangled in them. The rich mahogany color is just beautiful.

The Irish setter was bred to be a tireless and enthusiastic hunter, and it approaches everything in life with a rollicking, good-natured attitude, full of gusto and fervor. Given a daily outlet for its energy, it makes a pleasant companion. Without ample exercise, it can be overly active inside or become frustrated. It is an amiable breed, eager to please and be part of its family's activities. It is good with children, but can be too rambunctious for small children. It is less popular as a hunter than the other setters.

The Irish Setter, also known as the Irish Red Setter or Red Setter, originated in Ireland. The breed was developed by mixing the Irish Terrier, Irish Water Spaniel, English Setter, Pointer and Gordon Setter breeds. The original red and white coat and shorter legs of the Irish Setter were selectively bred out, leaving today's recognizable red coat. It is believed that the originally lower stature was in order for the dog to “set” its prey. Meaning that the Irish Setter would stand hovering low to the ground above the caught game in order for the hunter to walk over and throw a net over both the prey and the dog. The Irish Setter is an jack of all trades in the hunting arena. This breed is an excellent pointer as well as retriever and is especially good for hunting game birds. The Irish Setter is coveted for it's fantastic nose and quick feet. However, over time the Irish Setter's have been bred more for their looks and the show ring than for their excellent hunting ability.
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