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Irish Setter

Also known as: Irish Red Setter, Red Setter

Breed origin: Ireland
Original purpose: Originally used to "set" game, crouching low near the birds so that the hunters could walk up and throw a net over bird and dog. When firearms were introduced, the Irish adapted into a gun dog that pointed, flushed and hunted in an upright stance.

AKC recognized: 1978
AKC group: Sporting

Size: Weight: males around 70 lbs; females around 60 lbs
Size: Height: males around 27 inches; females around 25 inches
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Color: Mahogany or rich chestnut red with no black.

Life span: 12 to 15 years.

General characteristics/temperament: The Irish Setter is outgoing, active, mischievous, independent, intelligent, loving, and affectionate. They are eager to please but can sometimes be stubborn. They are slow to mature both physically and mentally, and retain some of the puppy-like character well into old age. They will happily announce the arrival of visitors, but are not aggressive at all.

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Good with children? Yes

Good with other dogs? Yes

Good with cats? Yes

Good watchdog? Yes

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Intelligent? Yes

Energy/Activity Level: High

Good jogging partner? Yes

Exercise requirement: Daily walks, jogs, and/or play sessions in a large fenced area.

Known health problems: Canine leukocyte adhesion deficiency, hip dysplasia, progressive retinal atrophy, epilepsy, entropion, hypothyroidism, gastric dilatation volvulus, von Willebrand's disease, patent ductus arteriosus.

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Recommended books for further reading:

Irish Setter (A Comprehensive Owner's Guide)
By Margaret Williams
Published in 2004
155 pages

The Official Book of the Irish Setter
By Connie Vanacore
Published in 2001
336 pages

Irish Setters (A Complete Pet Owner's Manual)
By Joe Stahlkuppe
Published in 1992
64 pages

Guide to Owning an Irish Setter
By Jackie O'Neil
Published in 1997
64 pages

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Other websites for additional information:

American Kennel Club breed page
Irish Setter Club of America
Wikipedia breed information page
Irish Setter Rescue

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