The Irish Setter breed descended from a variety of spaniels, setters, and pointers. Originally bred to assist professional meat hunters of the past, it was in the early 1800s that the dog was introduced in the Unites States. In the latter half of the nineteenth century, the pure-bred underwent selective breeding to form the breed of the Irish Setter that exists today. Predominantly used for hunting, the breed is not a good watchdog. Though, still used for hunting purposes, the dog also shares the status of a show dog.
The Irish Setter is a small and hairy breed that gives a slightly stretched out impression. The coat is short, feathery and fine-textured, and is available in solid shades of chestnut to mahogany, smudged with white on the chest and feet. Aged dogs tend to develop silvery-gray hair at the back of ears and legs. It has dark hazel colored eyes.
reddish browns from chestnut to mahogany, some white on chest and feet acceptable. No other colors are allowed.
The Irish Setter is highly observant and possesses exceptional olfactory senses. The breed is high-spirited and always on the move. These dogs are freethinkers, yet loving. Though a typical hunting dog with no social etiquettes, the breed is a wonderful companion to be with. Moreover, the dog holds fine temperament with other breeds.
The breed is likely to develop health conditions such as epilepsy, ear infections and is allergy prone. Eye defects and hip dysplasia are also seen in the Irish Setter. Also, chances of immune diseases and hypothyroidism cannot be overlooked. The average life expectancy of the dog is 11-15 years.
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