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Irish Setter |Ireland|

Irish Setter |Ireland|

The Irish Setter is one of the most popular of the setter breeds and is a particularly funloving, enthusiastic, and lively companion. Early in their history, they became associated with the aristocracy, and the dogs themselves have a noble air about them, which belies their outgoing and often “clownish” personalities. The breed has excelled in a variety of hunting activities and is used to hunt many different birds. They are also popular in field trials and also in the show ring with slightly different types emerging to fill both roles. This lovely, boisterous breed is suitable for an active or working home.


The Irish Setter probably developed in the eighteenth century through crosses of Irish Water Spaniels, Irish Terriers, Gordon Setters, English Setters, spaniels, and pointers. Originally bred to be red and white, the characteristic solid red color appeared in Ireland in the late 1800s and became a mark of quality. The Irish Setter was first used to “set” game, sniffing out birds hidden in undergrowth and crouching low to indicate the bird’s presence. The hunter could then throw a net to catch the hidden quarry. A breed club for the Irish Setter was formed in 1882. A breed club for the American Kennel Club in 1878.

Author Dodie Smith described the Irish Setter as “feather brained as well as feathered tailed,” but they are actually intelligent and trainable dogs.

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From Dogs Unleashed, Copyright by Tamsin Pickeral, licensed through ContentOro, Inc and used by arrangement with Thunder Bay Press

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