AKC PuppyFinder: Irish Setter Puppies
- Breed Traits
- Personality: Outgoing, sweet-natured, active, and trainable
- Energy Level: Very Active; High-energy dogs who love to run, Irish Setters need plenty of space and exercise
- Good with Children: Yes
- Good with other Dogs: Yes
- Shedding: Seasonal
- Grooming: Weekly
- Trainability: Responds Well
- Height: 27 inches (male), 25 inches (female)
- Weight: 70 pounds (male), 60 pounds (female)
- Life Expectancy: 12-15 years
- Barking Level: Barks When Necessary
- Breed Description
View PhotoThere may not be a more glorious sight than an Irish Setter in motion. And "in motion" is his favorite state. Bred as a hunting companion, he can go all day long: working, fetching balls and generally getting in a good romp. These gorgeous redheads are so outgoing and good-natured that they're favorites as family pets. Your Irish Setter puppy will be high-spirited and always ready to play. He'll respond well to training, although best to keep lessons short to hold his attention. With his playfulness and high energy level, he'll be a joyful addition to any active family.
- History & Job
Year Recognized: 1878
Breed History & Job Description: A setter locates game birds by using a keen sense of smell. The setter shows a hunter he’s found birds by “setting” down on his belly. Way back when, before guns were invented, setters worked together with trained falcons and hunters using nets. Today’s setters are “gundogs”—they work with a hunter using a rifle. The Irish Setter’s red coat makes it easy for hunters to spot from a distance. And the breed’s running ability comes in handy in the wide, flat Irish countryside.
Irish Setters are generally a healthy breed. Like all breeds there may be some health issues, like hip dysplasia and eye disease. Some dogs may be faced with these health challenges in their lives, but the majority of Irish Setters are healthy dogs. If your dog’s patterns start to change (lethargy, food intake etc.) that is usually an indication that a vet visit is needed. The Irish loves to be included in anything the family is doing and he thrives on the family relationship which contributes to his overall mental and physical health.
Recommended Health Test from the National Breed Club:
- Hip Evaluation
- Thyroid Evaluation
- PRA Optigen DNA Test
- Breed Club