Irish Setter

A talented hunting breed from Ireland, the Irish Setter excelled at pointing, using its muzzle to direct a hunter to a downed bird.
Irish Setter Information

Average sizes and life expectancy of the breed


25-27 Inches


60-70 Lbs.


12-15 Years

Irish Setter Information

The Irish setter is a relatively new breed, having been developed in Ireland in the 18th century. The exact origins of the breed are somewhat unclear, but it is thought to be a cross between an English setter and a red setter (although some believe that the French pointer may have also played a role).

Whatever its exact origins, the Irish setter quickly became a popular breed in Ireland, known for its striking red coat and friendly, outgoing personality.

Irish Setters were bred for hunting gamebirds and excelled at pointing — using their muzzle to direct the hunter in the direction the bird lies.

The Irish Setter is a beautiful, friendly, and energetic breed of dog. They make great family pets and are very good with children. Irish Setters are known for being very independent, so if you’re looking for a dog that will always be by your side, this may not be the best breed.

Exercise Needs

The Irish Setter is a very active breed and needs a lot of exercise. A daily walk or run is necessary, and they will also appreciate having a large yard to run around in.

Irish Setters enjoy having a job to keep them entertained. Boredom can cause poor behavior in this breed.


Irish Setters are relatively easy to train, although they can be stubborn at times. They are intelligent dogs and will quickly learn new commands, but they may need some extra patience and persistence when it comes to housetraining.

Health Issues

Irish Setters are generally a healthy breed, but there are some health conditions to be aware of. These include hip dysplasia, elbow dysplasia, hypothyroidism, and von Willebrand’s disease.

The Irish Setter has a genetic disorder that causes gluten intolerance. Setters with this disorder begin showing symptoms around 6 months of age.


The Irish Setter has a thick, red coat that requires regular grooming. Brushing a few times a week will help to keep the coat healthy and free of tangles. The ears should also be checked regularly and cleaned as needed to prevent infection.

Breed Identification


Mahogany Or Rich Chestnut Red



Breed Care


More than once a week


More than an hour per day


Hypertrophic Osteodystrophy, Hypothyroidism, Patent Ductus Arteriosus, Lick Granuloma, Tricuspid Valve Dysplasia, Persistent Right Aortic Arch, Gastric Dilatation Volvulus (Bloat), Hip Dysplasia, Gluten Intolerance

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