The Irish Setter’s carefree attitude makes friends wherever they go. They pick up on training quickly, but their rollicking personality and high spirits can make it difficult to train them for long periods. Short, positive training sessions are best for these upbeat, sensitive dogs. Irish Setters are eager playmates for kids. They’ll fetch tennis balls all day long, and look great doing it! Actually, Irish Setters are like big kids themselves. Usually, they won’t settle into adulthood until at least 2 years old. They’re wonderful pets for active families who enjoy spending quality time with their dog.
Did You Know?
The solid red Irish Setter first appeared in Ireland in the 19th century.
The earliest ancestors of the Irish Setter were not solid red but red and white.
The Irish Setter first became popular in the 18th century.
Although the breed possesses no disqualifications, any presence of black in the trademark red coat of the Irish Setter is regarded as absolutely taboo and faulted at shows.
The Irish Setter is believed to have developed from an English Setter-Spaniel-Pointer-Gordon Setter mix.
Contrary to popular belief, the three setters - English, Gordon, and Irish - are not merely representatives of different colors or varieties within one "setter" heading but are in fact three separate breeds.
colors & Markings
Below is a list of the colors and markings available for this breed. Please refer to the breed standard for descriptions and the difference in types.
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