Let’s welcome the beautiful IRISH SETTER to Paw Prints! The Irish Setter became a recognized breed of the AKC in 1878 and is a member of the sporting group. Males’ average height is 27” at the shoulder, while females are slightly smaller averaging 25”. The average weight is 60-70 lbs. The average lifespan is 12-15 years. All Irish setters have a red, chestnut or mahogany medium length coat with fine feathering on legs and tail. This stunning red coat requires moderate grooming and should be brushed at least two times per week to look its best.
A Setter is a dog that was bred to find birds in the brush and then set or crouch down when their target is located. The Irish Setter’s history can be traced back to Ireland in the early 18th century, where these dogs were bred to flush out grouse and quail.
This charming redhead is known for his tireless energy and enthusiastic personality. They tend to mature late and keep their puppy-like ways until around three years old. The Irish Setter LOVES to run and they need plenty of exercise. A well exercised Irish Setter will make a great family member who will offer hours of entertainment for the whole family.
They are great with kids and other four-legged family members when properly socialized. They have sweet dispositions and are eager to please, but they are also big clowns and love to be the center of attention. Without proper exercise, they can get bored and frustrated and become destructive. A generally healthy breed, they can have problems with hip dysplasia, PRA (progressive retinal atrophy) and skin allergies. If you think this is the breed for you, we recommend finding a reputable breeder that offers a health guarantee.