EXCITABILITY:High energy and quick thinking are the cornerstones of this breeds? temperament. If left untrained, they can be very destructive. They require considerable time and attention. Although this breed makes a good family pet, it must be noted that the time requirement for training and exercising can be tremendous. They are well worth the effort however, as this dog proves to be a sweet natured, loyal and loving companion.PURPOSE OF BREED:Like all Setters, the Irish Setter is a superb game dog. They were originally developed to set game for the huntsman?s nets and to assist in the sport of falconry. Nowadays they are primarily used as game setters in open prairies for hunters using guns.AVERAGE LITTER SIZE:12 puppiesAS A PET AND COMPANION:He is unsurpassed in the loving affection with which he richly rewards his entire family. He is quick to learn, eager to please, cooperative, and gives his allegiance to all. He is equally at home in the city and country. No dog should be allowed to run wild for his own safety and health. Any dog constantly at large becomes independent of his master's commands. Dogs, like humans, are creatures of habit and right habits instilled in your Irish Setter will make him the perfect household pet whatever the size of his home. All puppies of any breed are naturally frisky. As the Irish Setter matures he acquires a natural dignity and poise which makes him an ideal city housedog. He learns his place, is never underfoot. As the children's friend his size from puppyhood on protects him from innocent mishandling. His longevity is acknowledged by all. The Irish Setter pup will live throughout the children's childhood.AS A WATCHDOG AND PROTECTOR:His keen intelligence and sharp nose for scent are his and your protection. He may seem to be every man's friend; but his friendly acceptance of one and all is deceiving. The Irish Setter owner learns to trust his dog's alarmist bark by its tone and pay heed for this friendly fellow knows instinctively when and where there is cause for alarm.He has been a hero countless times because of his intelligent perceptiveness of danger.AS A HUNTER:He is known as an upland game bird dog. Pheasants, quail, partridge, woodcock are his game. He is a pointing dog. In performance he is required only to locate game, freeze to a point and hold it. The hunter flushes and drops the bird. As a Field Trial runner this is all that is asked of him. But thousands of "Irishmen" are trained as individual gun dogs to point, flush and retrieve their game. Retrieving is not a natural bred-in instinct of the Irish Setter, but his keen intelligence, great desire to please and his pride in accomplishment frequently make him an outstanding retrieving dog when patiently and correctly taught. He is not a water retrieving dog; but "Irish" owners are often caught bragging in public over the ducks their upland game bird dog brings in. His stamina in the field is acknowledged. He is well known for the many years of performance he gives his owner. Because he is the most long-lived of the hunting breeds his maturity stage is slower and therefore his training started later.AS A SHOW WINNER:The average Irish Setter is flashier looking, more outstanding in appearance than the best of all other breeds. His recorded Best of Group and Best in Show wins are spectacular. He is a born actor and loves this phase of work. His great beauty in line, coat and color give every-day satisfaction to those who own him.AS AN OBEDIENCE TRIAL WINNER:Countless owners are proving that he makes a wonderfully responsive dog for obedience work. In the last few years his popularity has greatly increased in obedience trials. This cannot come as a great surprise to those who are familiar with him as a breed, for again his great intellect and eagerness to p/ease make him the perfect dog for this work.Description:IRISH SETTERS for bench show purposes are judged by a standard set by the Irish Setter Club of America and recognized by the American Kennel Club. This standard covers every fine point of conformation, style and general appearance of the perfect Irish Setter, from the color of his eyes to the set and length of his tail. However, for general understanding of what is recognized as a good specimen of the breed, an Irish Setter should have the following qualities:COLOR:Golden chestnut to rich mahogany, small white blaze on chest or star on head not to disqualify.COAT:Smooth and flat as possible. Well feathered on legs, belly, chest, hindquarters and tail. The female will carry less feather.SIZE:The Irish Setter is a moderately large dog. The male stands approximately 27 inches at the withers, the female about 25 inches with finer bone and more refined than the male.HEAD:Oval with good occipital protuberance, not blocky, wide or flat on top. Muzzle long, with good stop, prominent brows, square at end. Ears low set and fairly long in length. Eyes, rich hazel or brown, not too large.BODY:Neck, moderately long, very muscular, not too thick, and free from throatiness. Chest deep, rather narrow in front. Elbows close in but free. Tight sloping shoulder; ribs barreled and deep; good tuck up. Hindquarters strong and broad. Rear legs with definite curve to hock, short and straight from hock to heel. Feet fairly small for his size, tight and well up on the toes.
The coat of an Irish Setter is moderate in length with feathering on its undercarriage, legs and tail. It requires weekly grooming and some scissor work to keep it looking its best. An Irish Setter is a rich red mahogany color.
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Irish Setters are excellent with children, but should be supervised with very young ones. They get along well with other dogs and cats.
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