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Irish Setter

The Irish Setter dog was bred to be a tireless and enthusiastic hunter, and it approaches everything in life with a rollicking, good-natured attitude, full of gusto and fervor. Given a daily outlet for its energy, it makes a pleasant companion. Without ample exercise, it can be overly active inside or become frustrated. It is an amiable breed, eager to please and be part of its family’s activities. It is good with children but can be too rambunctious for small children. It is less popular as a hunter than the other setters.

Among the most breathtaking of dogs, the Irish Setter’s beauty is in part the result of necessity. Its elegant, yet substantial build enables it to hunt with speed and stamina. Its build is slightly longer than tall, giving ample room for movement without interference between fore and hind legs. The trot is ground-covering and efficient. The coat is flat, straight and of moderate length, with longer feathering on ears, backs of legs, belly, chest, and tail, providing protection from briars without becoming entangled in them. The rich mahogany color is just beautiful.


The Irish Setter is a working gun dog that was developed in Ireland. The breed was probably developed by using a combination of spaniels, other setters, pointers, and the Irish Terrier. At first, Irish Setters were in the same family with the Irish Red and White Setter, but they were separated into an individual breed in the early 1800s.

Over a period of time the breed was split between field and show dogs, but today an effort is being made to bring the field ability and the beauty of the Irish Setter dog together. Over the years many breeders have started breeding more for looks rather than the dog’s hunting ability. The Irish Setter’s talents include hunting, tracking, retrieving, pointing, watchdog, agility and competitive obedience.

Breed Information

Other names

Red Setter, Irish Red Setter


Irish Setter 1  Ireland

Breed Group

Sporting (AKC:1878)

Gundog (UKC)





Life span

12-14 years










Male: 26-28 inches (66-71 cm)

Female: 24-26 inches (61-66 cm)


Male: 65-75 pounds (29-34 kg)

Female: 55-65 pounds (25-29 kg)



Litter Size

7-10 puppies

Puppy Price

Average $800 – $1500 USD


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