The Irish Setter is a large dog breed, weighing approximately 25 - 35kgs. It is officially part of the Gundog group in Australia. The Irish Setter breed has a typical lifespan of 12 to 15 years, Long hair, and moderate shedding. Energetic, high spirited and sweet tempered, Irish Setters are excellent family dogs. Highly affectionate and intelligent. They are responsive yet sensitive. They are very lovable and impulsive, with an independent spirit.
Requirements for this breed include fully fenced yard with plenty of exercise time - either in their yard or regular walks with the family. This breed can be naughty at home if they do not receive the proper amount of mental and physical exercise. Regular brushing and combing of their soft, flat, medium-length coat is all that is required to keep it in excellent condition. Keep it free from burrs and tangles, and give a little extra care when the dog is molting. Bathe and dry shampoo only when necessary.
Irish Setters must be trained at an early age to prevent the development of bad habits. They have no guarding instincts, get along with other animals, and are good with children. They are wonderful dogs and are considered a joy to own. It is important to train them for good house manners and they are easily housebroken.
The Irish Setter has been described by the breed's enthusiasts as the most beautiful of dog breeds. Standing an average of two feet at the shoulder, with a substantial yet elegant build, the Irish is famed for a brilliant coat of mahogany or chestnut. Long, sinewy legs and powerful rear drive help to place the Irish among the swiftest of all sporting dogs. The Irish Setter’s lovable personality has endeared the breed to sportsmen and pet owners for more than 200 years. Irish are outgoing dogs who enjoy making friends. They are extremely affectionate and loving towards their family members and thrive being part of the family. They are not a breed to be left out in the backyard without human interaction with their family members. These rambunctious redheads are big kids at heart, but they are eager to please and will respond to patient, positive training. Irish Setters are extremely swift, with an excellent sense of smell and are hardy over any terrain and in any climate. The Irish Setter is used for all types of hunting. They even work well on wetlands. They are said to be bold and rugged hunting partners, with a devil-may-care approach to their work. Both field lines and show lines make good pets, the field lines are generally smaller with shorter coats and a much higher activity requirement.