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Irish Setter

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Irish Setter
Irish Setter head
Irish Setter head
Alternative names
Red Setter
Irish Red Setter
Country of origin
Ireland
Common nicknames
 
Classification and breed standards
FCI: Group 7 Section 2 #120  
AKC: Sporting  
ANKC: Group 3 (Gundogs)  
CKC: Group 1 - Sporting Dogs  
KC (UK): Gundog  
NZKC: Gundog  
UKC: Gun Dog Breeds  
Not recognized by any major kennel club
This breed of dog is extinct
Notes
 

The Irish Setter, also known as the Red Setter, is a breed of gundog.

Appearance

An Irish Setter after swimming

The coat is moderately long and silky and of a deep red color, and it requires maintenance. The undercoat is abundant in winter weather. Irish Setters range in height from 25 to 27 inches (64-69 cm), males weigh 60 to 70 pounds (27-32 kg) and females 53 to 64 pounds (24-29 kg). The FCI Breed Standard for the Irish Setter stipulates males: 23 to 26.5 inches (58-67 cm), females: 21.5 to 24.5 inches (55-62 cm).

Temperament

This happy, playful breed is known for its joie de vivre and thrives on activity. It is faster and has more endurance than other setter breeds. In general, Irish Setters are friendly, enjoy human company, and actively look for other dogs with which to play. They are excellent with children. Due to the breed's need for frequent activity, this is an inappropriate dog for inactive families or apartment dwellers.

Irish setters need plenty of activity. Irish setters need plenty of activity.

History

The breed was developed in Ireland in the 1700s from the Old Spanish Pointer, setting spaniels, and early Scottish setters. Early Irish Setters were white with red blotches on their coats, but today the Setter's coat is a rich mahogany color. The Irish Red and White Setter is more closely related to those early Setters. Its name in Gaelic is Modder rhu or "red dog". Originally, the Irish Setter was bred for hunting, specifically for setting or pointing upland gamebirds. They are similar to other members of the setter family such as the English Setter and Gordon Setter. Today, the Irish Setter is more commonly found as a companion and family pet.

Miscellaneous

Bus Éireann, the national bus company in the Republic of Ireland, uses the Red Setter as its corporate logo.

Famous Setters

  • King Timahoe, pet of Richard Nixon
  • Mike, pet of Harry Truman

External links


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