Irish Setter breed information, pictures and more...

Red Setter, Madra Rua

Irland, 19. Jahrhundert

AKC Sporting Dogs, FCI Group VII.: Pointing Dogs, TKC Gundog
Dogs 26-28 inches (66-71 cm)
Bitches 24-26 inches (61-66 cm)
Dogs 65-75 pounds (29-34 kg)
Bitches 55-65 pounds (25-29 kg)
12-15 years
7 to 8

The Irish Setter is an aristocratic bird dog, with a rich, lustrous red coat and an expressive face. It is a little lighter and speedier than the other setters. It is friendly and amusing, it makes an excellent family dog.

The Irish Setter is a very good gundog and watchdog. It enjoys human companionship and is good with children. Sometimes known as "Big Red or the Red Setter"; it has boundless energy and full of high spirits.


It comes in rich shades of chestnut to mahogany, sometimes with splashes of white on the chest and feet; black is not allowed.


Soft, flat, medium-length coat. Short and fine on head, fronts of legs and tips of ears; moderately long, free and as straight as possible on rest of the body; good feathering. Daily brushing and combing is all that is required to keep it in excellent condition. Bathe and dry shampoo only when necessary. This breed is an average shedder.

Health Issues:

The Irish Setter tends to bloat, feed 2 or 3 small meals a day instead of one big one. It is particularly prone to epilepsy and severe skin allergies. It is also prone to eye problems and elbow & hip dysplasia, PRA, autoimmune disease and hypothyroidism. To minimize the risk of your Setter developing any hereditary health issues, you should buy a dog from a reputable breeder.

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