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About the Irish Setter

The Irish Setter is one of the most popular breeds of setters. This setter is elegant and beautiful. Irish Setters, which originated in Ireland, were bred primarily to work with hunters to hunt game birds.

The Irish Setter comes from several different breeds, including the Irish Water Spaniel, Spanish Pointers and the English and Gordon Setters. These dogs were carefully interbred to produce the stately look and demeanor of the modern Irish Setter.

This dog, which is classified as a member of the Sporting Dog Group, was first registered by the AKC in 1878. The Irish Setter is also known as the Red Setter. The spectacular coat of the Irish Setter is legendary for its rich deep chestnut or mahogany color.

In fact, because of its beauty, many breeders preferred the Irish Setter for its look rather than its hunting ability. So much attention was paid to increasing the beauty of the dog that it almost completely lost its hunting instincts. Today, some breeders are working to restore these instincts.

This breed’s hair is moderately long and straight. The Irish Setter is a large dog, weighing in at 65-75 pounds and standing at a height of 26-28 inches. The females are a bit smaller, weighing 55-65 pounds and standing 24-26 inches tall.

Apartment living is not recommended for the Irish Setter. The setter needs room to roam. A fenced large yard is the only way to contain this athletic breed, and even that doesn’t always keep your dog from roaming.

Irish Setters must get regular exercise to vent their energy. If not exercised enough, this breed will become rambunctious and bored. So get out with your Irish Setter and start walking (or, more accurately, running.)

The Irish setter is one of the most affectionate breeds and loves to be with people. This breed needs constant interaction with humans and does not like being left alone. Unfortunately, their large size and tremendous energy means that these dogs are often left in the yard for much, if not all, of the day.

To show you their displeasure, they will often chew up items and bark constantly. If you work all day or want a dog that will spend most of its time as an outside dog, then this is not the breed for you.

Training the Irish Setter is not always easy. The Irish Setter is an intelligent breed and most of these dogs have an exceptional memory. The breed will remember everything it is taught, both the good and the bad.

Early training is mandatory, because without training, the setter can be a very stubborn and willful animal. This dog is overflowing in enthusiasm and will quickly develop bad habits if left unchecked.

Grooming the Irish Setter is a pleasure. Many owners take pride in brushing and combing the silky coat regularly to keep it free of matting. You may want to have the coat professionally trimmed every few months. A professional dog groomer can keep the Irish Setter’s coat gleaming. Irish Setters shed quite a bit. Their hair will come off on everything they come in contact with.

If your dog romps in the woods, you should be prepared to do additional grooming to keep the coat free from burrs and tangles. You should also pay special attention to the coat when the dog is molting.

Irish Setters are fairly healthy dogs, but they are prone to several genetic disorders. Thyroid or epilepsy problems are common, as is bloat.

If you want a good natured dog with plenty of energy, then an Irish Setter may be the perfect choice for you. Just be prepared for some serious obedience work when your dog is a puppy, or you may be the one being walked when you take your full grown dog for a stroll.

Irish Terrier Puppy And Dog Information

By: Mitch Endick

The Irish Terrier is a wonderful medium size dog that can live in an apartment as long as she is allowed frequent long walks. A properly fenced in yard would be ideal for this dog to get her exercise but pay attention to possibly burying a part of the fence into the ground as she is a digger. She wants to sleep inside with her+ family as she is a serious people protector. She is often called a daredevil because when it comes to protecting her family, she is unconcerned with her own well being. Keep her under control when outside as she may leave to experience an adventure. She is good with kids in general but may fight with other dogs. She can not be trusted with other smaller pets. She will require early socializing and obedience training should be started early. She can be a handful but once she is trained, you should have a long lived, healthy, protective dog.

*Good With Children? They are generally good with children, especially older considerate ones. As a reminder, never leave a young child unsupervised with a puppy or dog.

*Approximate Adult Size. The approximate adult size (two years old or older) of the Irish Terrier is 18 to 19 inches to the withers (highest point of the shoulder) and 25 to 27 pounds.

*Special Health Considerations. Most dog breeds have certain inherited health problems associated with that specific breed and the Irish Terrier is no exception. Although considered to be a very healthy breed, be on the look out for hypothyroidism (sluggish thyroid gland which can result in weight gain), and urinary problems. This disease list is an informative guideline only. Other diseases may also be significant threats, please contact your veterinarian for a complete list.

She should visit the veterinarian several times in the first year for shots, boosters and check up. Then, as an adult, she should visit the veterinarian yearly for shots and check up. As she gets older, six years and on, she should visit the veterinarian twice a year for check ups and shots. Remember; avoid feeding your dog sweets.

*Grooming. The Irish Terrier has a dense and wiry coat which is hard. She rarely sheds and needs to be brushed regularly to delete dead hair. Brushing will also help you keep a closer eye on her health and strengthen your emotional bond with her.

Her teeth should be brushed at least twice a week with toothpaste and toothbrush designed for dogs. Brushing removes the accumulation of plaque and tartar which can cause cavities (rarely) and periodontal disease. Dog periodontal disease can lead to pain, loss of teeth, bad breath and other serious disease.

Her toenails may need to be examined for growth and clipped regularly. The toenails of the rear feet grow slower than the toenails of the front feet. Generally a guillotine type trimmer is the best for this chore and competent instructions to accomplish this can be found on the net.

*Life Span. The Irish Terrier can live between 13 and 16 years with proper nutrition, medical care and excellent living conditions.

*History. The Irish Terrier comes from Ireland where they were used on the farm to guard possessions, people and livestock. They were utilized in both World Wars as messengers and served bravely. They were recognized by the American Kennel Association in 1885.

Some Registries:
*Irish Terrier Club of America
*UKC United Kennel Club
*NKC National Kennel Club
*CKC Continental Kennel Club
*APRI Americas Pet Registry Inc.
*AKC American Kennel Club
*FCI Federation Cynologique Internationale
*NZKC New Zealand Kennel Club
*KCGB = Kennel Club of Great Britain
*ANKC = Australian National Kennel Club
*ACR = American Canine Registry

Litter Size: 4 to 6 Irish Terrier puppies

Category: Terrier

Terms To Describe: Muscular, good tempered, animated, daredevil, loyal, guarding, rugged, affectionate, courageous, bold,

Makes a good watch dog.
Makes a good guard dog.
Rarely sheds.
A well mannered dog.
A very healthy breed.

Can be very stubborn.
Can be a chore to housebreak.
May fight with other dogs.
She is a digger.
May take off to explore if not controlled.
She needs obedience training.

*Other Names Known By: Irish Red Terrier, Red Devil, Daredevil

*Every dog is an individual so not everything in this information may be correct for your dog. This information is meant as a good faith guideline only.

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Mitch Endick is a short article writer, editor and website developer for the popular pet site is a pet information site with free pet ads, dog classifieds, and puppy for sale info also offers information on cats, fish, reptiles, birds, ferrets, rabbits, mice and even pet bugs.

Irish Setter Complete Profile

Irish Setter Complete Profile

Irish Setter

Key Facts:

Size: Large
Height: 62.5 – 67.5 cm (25 – 27 inches)
Weight: 27 – 31 kg (60 – 70 lb)
Life Span: 12 years
Grooming: Demanding
Exercise: Demanding
Feeding: Reasonable
Temperament: Affectionate & racy
Country of Origin: Ireland
AKC Group: Sporting
Other Names: Irish Red Setter, Red Setter

Physical Characteristics:

General Appearance: Dignified stance, racy and kindly expression.
Colour: Rich chestnut. White markings on the forehead, chin, chest or toes are permitted.
Coat: Silky, flat and fine. The hair is shorter on the head, tips of the ears and front of the legs. There is long feathering on the ears, tail, stomach and back of the limbs.
Tail: Set low, tapering, medium length and carried level with the back (or below the back).
Ears: Set low, moderate size and hanging close to the head.
Body: The chest is deep and narrow with well-sprung ribs. The shoulders are long and oblique and the loin is muscular and slightly arched.

Friendly, affectionate and fun-loving. Irish Setters are very playful dogs that have a mind of their own. They don’t tend to bark much and greet all strangers enthusiastically even if they are unwanted visitors. They are friendly and patient with children and don’t cause problems with other dogs or household pets. They can be exuberant and can take time to train, but they have the intelligence to understand what is expected of them. They make ideal household companions and bond closely with their family.

Irish Setters need to be trimmed occasionally to keep the coat looking tidy. The excess hair between the pads of the feet and under the ears also needs to be trimmed (keeps the ears ventilated). Periodic brushing is needed to remove the moulting hair.

Irish Setters demand a lot of exercise and need to have regular, long walks. An ideal way for them to burn energy is running alongside a cycle (once fully grown).

The early Irish Setters were all red and white due to their ancestry involving the English Setter. Later when enthusiasts wanted to individualize the breed they were crossed with black/tan Gordon Setters and some breeders were successful in breeding out most of the white. The Red and White variety still remained as many people were only interested in working dogs and not on appearance. The Chestnut Irish Setters became more popular and improved in quality until they gained Kennel Club recognition.

Additional Comments:

Female Irish Setter’s tend to have very large litters and can have up to 16 puppies at a time.

When Irish Setters come across an interesting scent they tend to be deaf to their owner’s call. Therefore it is important that these dogs are taught from a young age that they must go to their owner when given the order.


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