One of the most stunning of puppies, the Irish setter’s attractiveness is in part the outcome of requirement. Its tasteful, yet significant build empowers it to search with speed and endurance. Its build is slightly longer than tall, providing ample room for motion without hindrance between fore and hind legs. The trot is ground-covering and productive. The jacket is flat, straight and of medium length, with longer feathering on ears, backs of thighs, stomach, chest and tail, providing protection from briars without getting entangled in them. The rich mahogany colour is simply amazing.
The Irish setter was bred for a tireless and avid hunter, and it approaches everything in life with a rollicking, good-natured mindset, full of gusto and fervor. Provided a daily outlet for its own energy, it creates a nice companion. Without considerable exercise, it may be too active indoors or be frustrated. It’s an amiable breed, eager to please and be a part of its household’s actions. It’s great with kids, but may be overly rambunctious for smaller children. It is not as popular as a hunter than the other setters.
|• Major concerns: PRA, CHD, gastric torsion
• Minor concerns: epilepsy, megaesophagus, OCD, panosteitis, HOD
• Occasionally seen: OCD, epilepsy, hemophilia A
• Suggested tests: DNA for PRA, hip, eye, cardiac
• Life span: 12 – 14 years
• Note: With the advent of DNA testing for PRA, this problem should no longer be a concern if both parents have been tested.
|The exact origins of the Irish setter are vague, but the very sensible theories believe this strain to have led to a mix of spaniels, pointers and other setters — mostly the English however, to a lesser extent, the Gordon. Irish hunters had a fast-working, keen-nosed puppy which has been big enough to be observed from a distance. They discovered their puppy in the white and red setters produced from such crosses. The very first kennels of strong red setters appeared around 1800. In just a couple of decades, these dogs had acquired a reputation for their rich colour color. From the mid-1800s, Irish red setters (as they were initially known) had come to America, demonstrating themselves as successful on American game birds as Irish ones. Back in Ireland, approximately 1862, a puppy which was to forever alter the strain, Champion Palmerston, was born. Having a remarkably long head and slim build, he had been considered too elegant for the area, so his proprietor arranged him drowned. Another fancier interceded, and the puppy became a sensation for a show dog, moving on to sire an amazing variety of offspring. Virtually every contemporary Irish setter could be tracked to Palmerston. Interest shifted from field trials to dog shows, and accent shifted from searching capability to glamour. Regardless of this, the Irish setter stayed a competent hunter, and committed breeders took measures to keep the breed’s double skills. The strain improved principally in popularity for a show dog, however, and afterwards as a pet. It finally climbed to a place one of the most well-known breeds in the usa in the 1970s, but has turned in the ranks.|