The Irish Setter is an active, lovable dog. She is full of spirit and needs plenty of exercise. She is a watch dog but not a guard dog. She can get along with other dogs but it is best if she is socialized with other pets early. She is patient with children. As a reminder, never leave a child unsupervised with a puppy or dog.
Approximate Adult Size
The approximate adult size (two years old or older) of the male Irish Setter is 26 to 28 inches to the withers (highest point of the shoulder) and 65 to 75 pounds. The female ranges from 24 to 26 inches to the withers and 55 to 65 pounds.
Special Health Considerations
Most dog breeds have certain inherited health problems associated with that specific breed and the Irish Setter is no exception. Be on the look out for severe skin problems, epilepsy (common in dogs), Canine Hip Dysplasia (genetic based looseness in the hip joint that can lead to arthritis pain and lameness), bloat (Gastric Dilation-Volvulus, the second leading killer of dogs, can kill within the hour, this space is too limited for a complete explanation but you should read up on this). Feeding more then once a day and avoiding exercise right after meals may help guard against bloat, Progressive Retinal Atrophy (inherited disease of the retina that can cause vision loss and blindness), and hypothyroidism (sluggish thyroid gland which can result in weight gain). 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.
The Irish Setter has a moderate length soft and flat coat that sheds average. She should be brushed regularly. Brushing will help her maintain a clean and healthy coat, avoid mats and 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.
The Irish Setter can live between 12 and 14 years with proper nutrition, medical care and excellent living conditions.
The Irish Setter comes from Ireland where they are possibly a cross between setters, pointers and spaniels. They were first registered by the American Kennel Association in 1878.
- 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
7 to 8 Irish Setter puppies
Gundog, Sporting Group
Terms To Describe
Active, swift, sweet, trainable, aristocratic, balance, outgoing, stable, intelligent
SPECIAL GOOD POINTS
- Very good watch dog.
- A non aggressive dog.
- Easy to housebreak.
- They have a mind of their own.
- Very poor watch dog.
- Can be hard to train.
- Can be a bit flighty.
- Will roam if not controlled.
- Needs activity and exercise.
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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