Irish Setter

You can’t miss me out on the hunt, as I’m the most glamorous dog in the field. Graceful and athletic, you’re more likely to find me in a family home, but I have maintained my original birding skills. I have an infectious outgoing nature that makes everyone my best friend and am very good with children. I can become frustrated and destructive if left on my own but do well with first-time dog owners.

I’m considered a large breed at 25 to 27 inches tall and 60 to 70 pounds. My abundant energy means I require at least an hour of daily vigorous activity; I’m not a good choice for a downtown apartment. I’m fairly easy to train but can be a barker, and my hunter’s instincts compel me to wander.

My distinctive mahogany-red coat requires a bit more attention than other breeds. Brushing every two or three days and occasional clipping will limit shedding, avoid tangles, and showcase my natural beauty. My coat is short and fine on the head and lengthens to lush feathering at the legs, ears, and tail. Check my ears regularly for infection—and be prepared for some drool.

I am prone to a number of health issues, with retinal atrophy, hip dysplasia, and gastric bloat the most significant concerns. Epilepsy, megaesophagus, joint lameness, and bone problems present lower risk. Hemophilia A may occur. Regular checkups along with a good diet and exercise will keep me a cherished family friend for 12 to 14 years.