The Irish Red Setter is commonly referred to as the Red Setter, but my actual breed name is simply Irish Setter. Basically any combination of these words in the canine world will be understood. I became popular from around the late 1800s but little is known about my history before that. If you know more please share! The breed was developed into what you see today from the early 1800s by Irish gentry. As a gun dog our role was out in the field.
What do I look like?
If you like redheads then I’m your dog. My gorgeously silky red coat is admired around the world. I’m typically sleek and handsome, very well-formed and in good proportion. My coat is of moderate length with a little waviness to it. My eyes are a dark brown and look very kind. My legs are fairly long and strong boned.
What do I need from you?
I’m an active and willing sporting dog so a lot of exercise would be very welcome. My coat is fairly easy to maintain so just routine grooming is all that is required. I have to confess that some of us Red Setters are prone to low levels of disobedience – so a good firm hand is probably needed.
What I will give in return
In return you really are getting a marvellous companion. We are particularly affectionate and playful. We are perfect for a family – kind to children, love a Sunday roast and great in front of a nice log fire. Naturally you are also likely to win lots of admiring glances from passers-by – although of Irish descent, we are much loved by all!
How big will I get?
Big enough to be noticed, small enough to cause minimal obstruction. Expect us to reach about 27in (68cm) and about 60lb-70lb (27kg-32kg).
How big is our litter?
Irish Red Setter litter size is 9 although a litter of 17 was recently recorded and publicised in the UK!
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