Irish Setter — Facts You Must Know Before Adopting Irish Setter

The dog is an AKC registered dog breed. The following article reviews the breed.

Breed Description

Also referred as the Red , the Setter is a gundog. With a long and lean appearance, this athletic working dog ranges between 26-28 inches in height for males, and 24-26 inches for females, while their weight ranges between 65-75 pounds for males, and 55-65 pounds for females.


The Irish Setter has a medium-length hair that is thick, flat, and soft textured. The reddish-brown coat of this breed may appear wavy or straight, but never curly. Coat colors come in reddish browns, ranging from shades of chestnut to mahogany; some white markings on the feet and chest are permissible.


The Irish Setter is in need of exercise constantly. Long brisk walks thrice a day is recommended as this breed is inclined to be restless and destructive if not given sufficient exercise. This breed is not ideal for apartment life, and will do best with medium to large-sized securely fenced area.


The Irish Setter is enthusiastic, active, and loving breed. They love to play, and will vigorously seek for playmates, often running in circles around them. They generally get along with other animals, particularly horses, which makes them not suitable for a guard dog, and despite their lively disposition, they get well with children. They love to be with their owners, and require discipline with a gentle manner. This breed is generally spirited, outgoing, and friendly.


The Irish Setter is among of the highly distinctive sporting breed. The Irish Setter is an active noble bird dog. They were known to be primarily bred with white and red colors.


The moderately shedding Irish Setter requires daily combing and/or brushing to keep their coats flat and mat and tangle-free. As with other breeds, bathing should only be done when necessary as this breed is generally clean, and does not require that much coat care.


The Irish Setter is a highly intelligent and sharp dog that is very skillful in problem solving and is able to think independently. Training this breed should be done in partnership of the owner instead of dominating them. They are eager to please, and will simply do what is commanded of them. Spending time with this dog and making them a part of the family is a key component in training and obedience.

The Irish Setter is not a dominant dog, yet can be a little stubborn and independent. They are typically less compliant if they are not given enough exercise, so it is important to have them well-exercised prior to training.

As with other dogs, harsh training methods should never be used to train the Irish Setter. They need to feel they belong to their master's life and should always be given positive interaction and attention.


The athletic and high-strung Irish Setter requires a home with a securely fenced yard. Children are alright, as long as chasing and rough housing is prohibited. As working breed, they love to be given tasks to accomplish.

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    • bluemonika
    • May 20, 2013

    thanks. 12 year old..that’s a nice age 🙂 before this dog i had an irish setter who only made it to be 11 ;_; but another dog that  also had became 16 ^_^

    • bluemonika
    • May 20, 2013

    i see you have an irish setter yourself as well 🙂 yes i think they are really lovely. so pretty and lively 🙂

    • scorpiokitten1
    • May 20, 2013

    AWw, looked this up as we are just about to get an Irish setter girlie. And , hence this search result lol,…we are calling her Amber.. ! A name i’ve wanted to use for years. 🙂 The time is nearly here and i’m over the moon. Arrgh! i love Setter pups, and your Amber is a beauty 🙂 xx

    • bluemonika
    • May 20, 2013

    thank you very much ^_^ amber feels flattered as well. irish setter dogs are wonderfull but they can be very hard as pups. don’t give up though because after 1.5-2 years they turn into wonderfull dogs.

    • aliz47
    • May 20, 2013

    Your dog is very cute! 🙂 I have an irish setter too, his name is Herceg. ^^ 

    • bluemonika
    • May 20, 2013

    that’s a cool name 😀 I think irish setters are really awesome. I had one before my amber 🙂

    • scolagirl
    • May 20, 2013

    She’s a beauty.  Love the crazy Irish

    • bluemonika
    • May 20, 2013

    thank you :) irish setters are the best! 😀

    • James Morrison
    • May 20, 2013

    Hello! Lovely video. I have an english setter named Amber as well! She loves to play with kongs too. Check out some of her videos on my page if u like.

    • eir132
    • May 20, 2013

    Shes lovely. I have one aswell. There Such playful dogs. Great companions.

    • Hollie Johnson
    • May 20, 2013

    Aww I have a setter cross spaniel and she’s just as crazy as this. Love it!

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