Irish Setter

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Fast Facts

Country of Origin:Ireland
AKC Group:Sporting Group
UKC Group:Gun Dog
Use today:Bird dog
Life Span:10 to 13 years
Color:Mahogany or rich chestnut.
Coat:Medium length. Close to body with fringe on chest, legs and tail.
Grooming:Brush weekly.
Size:Large Dog Breed
Height:25 to 27 inches at the shoulder
Weight:60 to 70 pounds

Long before Big Red starred in the movie of the same name, the Irish Setter was a headliner both in the field and on the bench. With a long, lean head, well-feathered ears, tail, legs and underbody, and a strong ground-covering trot, the Irish Setter looks every inch an aristocrat. Many consider this to be the most beautiful show dog of them all, but beneath that beautiful exterior lies a rollicking, devil-may-care dog. Tallest of the setters, males stand 27 inches at the shoulder; females are 2 inches less. They weigh 70 and 60 pounds, respectively. The straight, flat coat requires brushing about three times a week, and some trimming may be necessary to tidy head and throat. Examine ears weekly and gently clean them as needed. Training should be gentle but firm and started at an early age. The breed makes an affectionate family pet, but is a bit too fond of people to be counted among the better watchdogs. Because of its sporting dog heritage, the Irish Setter is never happier than when running in the field. This high-octane dog needs an active family that will provide daily exercise and playtime.


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