Irish Setter


1024px-Can_Setter_dog_GFDLIrish Setter History:

The Irish Setter appears to have been developed in Ireland during the 18th century, which probably resulted from combining English Setters, spaniels, pointers, and Gordon Setters. The Irish Earl of Enniskillen may have started the fad for solid red dogs. He wouldn’t have any other kind in his kennels. Other Irish breeders of the time preferred the red dogs.
Elcho was the name of the first Irish Setter imported to the United States. He arrived in 1875 and became a star in both the show ring and the field. They quickly became one of the most popular breeds in America and a favorite in the show ring.


The coat of the Irish Setter is long, silky, and has a red or chestnut color. Their coats feather in places such as the tail, ears, chest, legs, and body. The height of an Irish Setter ranges from 24 to 28 inches, males weigh 65 to 75 lb and females 55 to 65 lb. Irish Setters life span tends to be around 11 to 12 years.


Irish Setters get along well with other dogs and animals, children, and even humans. They are very enthusiastic though they don’t make great household dogs. They enjoy having work to do and if not given a job, they become bored and destructive. They are usually alert to their surroundings, but are not well-suited for guard dogs, as they are not a naturally assertive breed.