The Irish Setter is a hunting breed used predominantly for pointing upland game birds. The breed is also capable of being used for other types of hunting, such as hunting in the wetlands. It was The Irish Setter was brought to the United States in the 1800s and quickly became one of the most common hunting dogs. During the 1940s the breed began to disappear from the field, and an outcross with the English Setter was necessary to revive the breed. This cross produced the Red Setter, another similar but smaller breed.
The Irish Setter stands from 23 to 27 inches tall and weighs 53 to 70 pounds. The coat of the breed is usually a deep red color and is long and silky, with a heavy undercoat.
The breed is friendly and enjoys spending time with its owner. It is incredibly active, and loves company in its activity. The Irish Setter needs to be housed in an environment where it has plenty of room to run and play. It is a very affectionate breed and excellent with children.
The breed is moderately healthy; however they are plagued with some health issues. These include: hip dysplasia, progressive retinal atrophy, epilepsy, entropion, hypothyroidism, hyperosteodystrophy, bloat, osteosarcoma, Von Willebrand’s disease, and patent ductus ateriosus.