The redhead Irish breed has originated from the country of Ireland in the 18th century. And the credit for their flawless looks goes to a combined breed of English Setters, Spaniels, Pointers and Gordon Setters. The Irish Setters were earlier used as Gundogs and were also very popular as Birddogs. The very first breed of Irish Setters, were referred to as the Red Spaniels.The Irish Setters come in two varieties- the show and the field, the show being the heavier ones with a much more velvety coat as compared to the field dogs. When they were first imported to the United States in 1875, they gained immense popularity in ring shows and other such events. As a result, the American Kennel Club registered the breed in 1878. And for many more decades, they won prizes in dog shows and became one of the favorite pets in the US.
These high-energy maniacs need a lot of exercise and room to play. They get very attached to their owner’s family and want to be involved in all your discussions and activities. If they feel even a bit neglected, they go through a separation anxiety where their actions can get really destructive at times. Otherwise, these playful dogs are really warm and friendly.
- Activity Level: 5/5 (always up for a game)
- Intelligence Level: 3.5/5 (intelligent)
- Curiosity: 4/5 (highly curious)
- Friendliness: 5/5 (your true soulmate)
- Vocal: 3/5 (moderately talkative)
This beautiful breed has a long and silky reddish-brown coat all over the body with a smooth, feathery touch over the ears. These birddogs are large and heavy with high wanderlust potential and moderate sensitivity levels. With small and round eyes, the Irish Setters demand for attention. This charming dog can woo you in seconds and leave behind another among the millions worldwide.
- Fur: The Irish Setters have a long and wavy coat. This reddish-brown coat shines gorgeously.
- Eyes: The small and round eyes of the Irish Setter is where all the love and affection come from, one can see it in the eyes!
- Body Structure: The rich chestnut reddish coat is short on the head and forelegs while it covers the rest of the body in a really long manner. This breed reaches up to 2 feet 3 inches at the shoulder level.
- Facial Features: The breed expresses love and warmth through the face channel.
- Weight: They generally weigh around 60-70 pounds.
The Irish Setter breed of dogs are prone to serious conditions of which one is Canine Leukocyte. This inherited abnormality affects the working of white blood cells to fight infection. Also, it degrades the immune system of the Irish Setters causing various immunological disorders. A CAD DNA diagnostic test is done to test whether the dog is free from the gene or not.
The Irish Setter needs a lot of care and grooming. The beautiful and shiny coat comes with its regular maintenance requirements. Brushing the coat once in two days is important to preserve its beauty. Trimming of nails and regular ear check-up are also two very important things to take care of. Regular at least one hour activity level is a must for this breed.
We have gathered this information from our breeders based on their experience with this breed. However, remember that each animal is different with its own personality and needs (just like people!), so use this information wisely.
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