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Irish Setter


Irish Setter profile

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Lifespan: 12-13 Years

Avg height: 64-69cm.

Avg weight: 27-32kg

Coat type: Long, soft silky coat with feathering on the back of legs, chest, and tail.

Coat colours: Red, mahogany, chestnut.

Originally bred for: Hunting birds.

Breed traits: Exuberant, enthusiastic, affectionate, independent, loyal.

A little about the Irish Setter


The Irish Setter is one of the most well known, glamourous 'setter' breeds. With a love to run and affection towards children and other animals, the Irish Setter can make a great companion in an active home with consistent training. 



The Irish Setter is a breed with boundless energy, so one of the most common issues is destructive behaviour if this need is not met. Other diseases they may experience include Canine Hip Dysplasia, Progressive Retinal Atrophy, Panosteitis, Osteochondritis Dissecans, Hypertrophic Osteodystrophy, Megaoesophagus, and Hypothyroidism. Less common but also reported are Epilepsy, Haemophilia A and Canine Leukocyte Adhesion Deficiency. Like all breeds with a deep-chested conformation the Irish Setter is at risk of Gastric Torsion (bloat). 

Please be advised the information provided is purely an indicator of breed traits and characteristics and that within some breeds there can be significant variation.