The Irish Setter derived from a variety of spaniels, setters, and pointers. He is probably older then the English Setter, but both are ancestors of the heavier Old Spanish Pointer breed.
The Irish Setter is both a pointer and retriever, who has a rich, exuberant red mahogany coat and a communicative expression. He is a fast field dog sturdy over any terrain and in any climate and nice hunting companion with an excellent sense of smell.
The color of the Irish Setter is rich red from mahogany to chestnut.
The Irish Setter's smooth coat is short and fine on head, forelegs and ear tips while moderately long and flat elsewhere.
The Irish Setter has boundless energy, very impulsive this dog is full of life. Typically Irish with is friendly 'sense of humor', the Irish Setter seem ignoring apparent danger or difficulties, joyous, woozy and stubborn are used to outline this impulsive and lovable breed.
Good natured, intelligent and very affectionate the Irish Setter enjoy being around people, he is excellent with children and not aggressive towards other dogs, however, due to its boisterous and headstrong personality this breed is not recommended for the average home.
The Irish Setter is especially prone to epilepsy and allergic skin diseases. They also suffer from elbow and hip dysplasia, PRA (Progressive Retinal Atrophy) and hypothyroidism.
Unfortunately this breed tends to bloat, it may be wise to feed them two or three small meals a day instead of one big one. The Irish Setter require only a daily brushing and combing to keep its coat in excellent condition free of mats or tangles. Bathing and dry shampoo only when necessary, this breed is a medium shedder.
Often difficult to train because of their flighty and giddy personality the Irish Setter requires patient, firm and consistent training at an early age to prevent development of bad habits. The Irish Setter is a fine well-rounded hunting dog who does well on any terrain even on wetlands, some of its many talents include hunting, tracking, retrieving and pointing.
The Irish Setter is mostly more active than the other breeds and is best suited to country environment rather than apartment life. Without any outdoor activities scheduled or not given enough exercise the Irish Setter will become hyperactive and difficult to manage.