Irish Setter Facts and Irish Setter Information
Irish Setters or Red Setters are a breed of dog that was first bred in Ireland for their hunting abilities as a Gundog. It wasn't until 1862 though that an Irish setter by the name of Palmerston changed the outlook of the whole breed. Originally when Palmerston was first born, he was told to be drowned due to having more of a slender head and leaner built body compared to the rest of the red haired hunting dogs at the time, but luckily Palmerston was saved from forcibly drowning. Palmerston actually was made into a championship show dog that became well known at the time for his elegance and beauty that set him apart from the rest of the gun dogs. Now, every current day Irish setter has blood lines that can be traced back to the famous Palmerston.
The obvious signature feature of this breed is their double layered red coat. Red setters have moderately long hair that's silky and shiny. Irish setters coat colors range from a richly deep mahogany to brighter more amber-like colored reds.
Body and Built
This Gundog is a medium/large dog breed with a very lean and tone build to their frames. These red setters' have bodies that are slightly longer in ratio to their leg height. The tails of irish setters are long with feathered red hair hanging from them. Irish setters have very deep chests that slope up to their small waists.
Red Setters have slim heads with droopy top lips that carry a similar appearance to that of a hound. The eyes of irish setters usually consist of colors ranging from dark mud browns, auburn browns, and golden bronze eyes. These canine companion dogs also have regular sized ears that lay loosely pressed to their heads and have long hairs waving down off of them.
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Temperament and Personality
The irish setter makes a great Gundog breed for those who are wanting either a loyal canine companion dog for themselves or even to have as a buddy to keep their dog(s) company. For families with small children, irish setters are always a good option as the family friendly dog. Irish setters radiate liveliness and are full of energy with their friendly attitudes. The only downfall when it comes to this dog breed's personality is that they're so friendly that they are not suitable as guard dogs. Other than that, there are few faults to the irish setters personality traits.
Exercise and Training
Since Red setters were raised to be gun dogs out on the vast fields of the Irish countryside, they need plenty of exercise. Irish setters should have at least one hour a day for them to break out a sweat, whether they are jogging or playing Frisbee out in a back yard or park they need time to exercise. It is vital for this breeds health and happiness that they get the necessary amounts of physical fitness they need, because when red setters do not have adequate amounts of working out they often become overly antsy and anxious.
When it comes to training irish setters pretty much fall under a moderate level of difficulty. If you're wanting to train a good gun dog, then irish setters are quick to learn tasks involving hunting, but besides their hunting capabilities, these canine companion dogs have rather a medium rate intelligence. One command that is highly recommended teach your irish setter baby is for him/her not to jump. Irish setters can just become so happy to greet visitors and/or family members when they first arrive to the door that when not properly trained, irish setters are often prone to jumping up on people.
Life Span and Health Conditions
Irish setters are often healthy dogs, but just like many dog breeds they do have risks of certain potential health conditions. Some of the health conditions that irish setters more commonly develop include canine hip dysplasia, gastric torsion, progressive retinal atrophy (PRA), and sometimes they can even have epilepsy (although this condition is somewhat less common the other health risks listed).
Despite any of their negative health factors, most all of the irish setters live long, happy, and healthy lives. Irish setters on average have an expected life span that ranges roughly from 12 to 15 years of age.
It's no wonder why so many dog owners out there become incredibly attached to this ever so lovealbe Irish breed. With their beauty and friendly faces, these dogs really are simply irresistible. Not only do irish setters have an immensely exuberant and stunning appearance but they have an equal personality to match thier beauty.