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Irish Setter Home country: Ireland

Original Name: Irish Red Setter
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As its name indicates, the Irish setter is a dog originally from Ireland. It's a very athletic and intelligent dog, with excellent endurance.

With light yet strong bones, a straight back, long and thin muscles, and soft skin pulled tightly over its skeleton, the Irish Setter is one of the fastest hunting dogs in the world.



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The Irish Setter, also called the Red Setter, is descended from the Water Spaniel, the Irish Terrier, the English Setter, the Pointer, and also faintly from the Gordon Setter. Today, it is one of the most able sporting dogs. This setter became popular in Ireland in the 1800’s. First, they were used for bird hunting and then as gun dogs. The Irish Setter was first called the Irish Red Setter in America because the breed at that time was red and white, with shorter legs than the ones today. The main job of the Irish setter is to hunt on any kind of terrain, both retrieving and pointing. They were put into the sports group by the AKC (American Kennel Club) in 1878.

In appearance, the Irish Setter has changed in several ways since the breed first appeared. One difference is that their legs are longer, which helps them run in a chase. Also, the coat is different from the red and white coat at the start. Today, the coat can be mahogany or rich red chestnut with no black markings, but it can have a small amount of white on the body - mostly seen on the feet. The body height is slightly shorter than the length of the body. The head looks oval on the side but is slightly domed. The teeth meet in a scissor bite like in most dogs and the eyes are medium-sized and almond-shaped. The color of the eyes is usually dark or medium brown. The setter is around 25 to 27 inches high and weighs around 60 to 70 pounds.

The Irish Setter is an intelligent, affectionate, high strung, full of energy, and loving dog. Since they are high strung and seem to have an endless energy supply, this dogs needs plenty of exercise. They do well in rural areas where they can go on long walks. They make great pets since they are loving dogs. Also, they do great with children and other animals because they do not have an overly protective nature. But when not given enough exercise, this Setter can become quite destructive because of their high strung nature. The owner of one of these dogs needs to be calm and collected or else the dog can become destructive. What's more, the Irish Setter can be hard to train if they aren't given enough exercise. On the other hand, if they get plenty of exercise, this breed makes a great family pet.

The Irish Setter was first used to corner birds while the hunter threw a net over both the setter and the bird. Then, after guns were invented, they became great gun dogs. The Irish Setter breed is prized for its fine nose as well as for their specific method of getting the hunters attention: they run in front of the hunter. Today, they are still used in hunting but also in dog competitions.
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