Irish Setter Dog Breed Information

  • AKA:Red Setter
  • Size:Medium
  • Ease of Training:Medium
  • Grooming:Medium
  • Shedding:Medium (seasonal)
  • Exercise Needed:Long walk, and a long romp around, everyday
  • Energy Level:Medium/ High
  • Protection:Low
  • Good with Children:Yes
  • Health Clearances:OFA, CERF
  • Weight:Male: 70; Female: 60 lbs
  • Height:Male: 27; Female: 25 inches
  • Coat Colour:Mahogany or rich chestnut red

Irish Setter Coat

A silky and feathered coat, this breed has a medium length coat. Acceptable colours for this breed are mahogany or rich chestnut red. Black is a disqualification. Minimal white allowed.

Irish Setter Character

Very lively, energetic, and impulsive. The Irish Setter loves to run. This breed should always be kept on a lead when outdoors as they have the tendency to run off and can be difficult to catch. Requires firm and consistent training.

Irish Setter Temperament

The Irish Setter is affectionate, loving, and sensitive, this breed is not recommended for the average home. Being very active, they can become somewhat destructive if left alone for long periods. This breed requires entertainment if they are to be well mannered and respectful.

Irish Setter Care

An average shedding breed, daily brushing or combing is required to keep the coat flat and free of mats or tangles. Bathing only when necessary, this is a rather clean breed and does not require much coat maintenance.

Irish Setter Activity

The Irish Setter requires regular exercise. Three walks per day are recommended as this dog has the tendency to become restless. This breed is not for apartment life and does best with a medium to large sized yard, or great for the country environment.

Irish Setter Health and Life Expectancy

The life expectancy of the Irish Setter is around 12-15 years, and there are a number of health problems to look out for with this breed, which includes thyroid problems, bloat, epilepsy, PRA, and HD. The parents of the Irish Setter should have OFA and CERF certificates.