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12 Interesting Facts About the Irish Setter Dog Breed

Is an Irish Setter the Right Dog for You?

Dogs are known as “man’s best friend” for good reason. They’re loyal, protective, and always happy to see you. But of all the dog breeds out there, which one is the most interesting? That’s a tough question, but we’d have to say it’s the Irish Setter. Here are 12 interesting facts about this charismatic breed.

1. The lovely shiny red hair of the Irish setter is quite unique to this dog breed and it grows continuously from their birth. In the early days, when the breed was used primarily for hunting, they actually had red and white coats so they would be easier to see in the field. That red and white coat can still be found in another breed-the Irish Red and White Setter.

2. The Irish Setter was recognized by the American Kennel Club in 1878. It was one of the first breeds to be recognized along with the:

1878 – Pointer

1878 – Retriever (Chesapeake Bay)

1878 – Spaniel (Clumber)

1878 – Spaniel (Cocker)

1878 – Setter (English)

1878 – Setter (Gordon)

1878 – Setter (Irish)

1878 – Spaniel (Irish Water)

1878 – Spaniel (Sussex)

3. The Irish Setter Dog Breed is one of the larger breeds in the AKC sporting group. Females usually weigh between 44 and 55 pounds (20-25 kg), while males can grow to over 70 pounds (30 kg) or more.

4. Developed in early 18th-century Ireland, the Irish Setter was bred to locate and flush birds for hunters. They soon became appreciated by hunters who wanted dogs with great speed, intelligence and the ability to work well in packs.

5. The Irish Setter Dog Breed is called Madra Rua in Gaelic which translates to “red dog”. They are also sometimes called red setters because of their beautiful coat coloration, which ranges from deep mahogany to rich chestnut.


6. The Irish Setter Dog Breed is prone to hypothyroidism. They rank 23 among all breeds for autoimmune thyroiditis. In this disease, the dog’s body produces insufficient hormones. Some symptoms are hair loss, sluggishness, loss of appetite and muscle loss.

7. It’s no surprise that the Irish setter was named after its country of origin, Ireland. The breed was developed there in the 18th century and was first recorded as being brought to England in 1775 by English nobleman Earl Fitzwilliam.

8. Irish Setters make great therapy dogs and tend to get along well with everybody. They are widely known as good-natured, happy dogs with a lot of energy. Irish Setters usually get along with other dogs and strangers, which means they may not make the best watch dogs!

9. Irish setters have a life expectancy of about 10 to 12 years with 15 years not being uncommon. They are generally slow to mature and can remain in that awkward adolescent stage for 2 to 3 years!

10. Irish Setters are a fertile breed with an average litter size of 7.1 puppies. A German Irish Setter named Anny gave birth to 18 healthy puppies in Germany in 2017!

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11. The American Kennel Club holds timed dog running competitions. According to the AKC, the Irish setter runs at an average speed of 23.1 mph. The fastest was timed at 27.26 mph!

12. According to research at the University of Pennsylvania, the Irish setter ranks VERY low in owner, stranger and other dog aggression. They do rank high, however, (31 out of 124 dog breeds) for chasing after smaller pets/animals-so that squirrel may not be safe!

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