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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
Weight: males around 70 lbs;
females around 60 lbs
Size: Height: males around 27 inches;
females around 25 inches
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Mahogany or rich chestnut red with no black.
12 to 15 years.
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.
Good with children?
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Good with other dogs?
Good with cats?
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Good jogging partner?
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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Other websites for additional information:
American Kennel Club breed page
Irish Setter Club of America
Wikipedia breed information page
Irish Setter Rescue