Irish Setter Dog Breed Information Center:
The Irish Setter dog breed originated from Ireland and was first bred there. They are one of the most popular breeds in the world today, with many different colors and types being developed over time. There are several varieties of Irish Setters, but they all share some common traits such as their small size (about 12 inches at the shoulder), long legs, short tail, flat faces and pointed ears. Their coats vary in color from light brown or cream to black and white.
Most have a solid coat with no spots, while others may have a few dark hairs scattered throughout. All Irish Setters are very loyal and loving dogs who love children and other animals equally well.
In the United States, the Irish Setter is considered a working dog rather than show dog because of its hardy nature and ability to work outdoors without too much trouble. They are not known for their agility skills, though they do make excellent guard dogs. These dogs tend to be reserved and quiet, so it’s best if you don’t try to train them. However, these dogs are extremely affectionate and will probably accept any human hand that reaches out toward them.
As with all breeds, there is variation among individual Irish Setters. It all depends on what traits the parents pass on to their offspring, but in general Irish Setters are intelligent, independent, loving, playful, obedient and devoted. Their docile nature makes them very kid-friendly and they get along well with everyone. This is not a dog that you need to worry about when you’re not at home.
They have good intuition and can sense trouble coming from a long way off. If they sense that something is wrong, they will bark to alert you.
The Irish Setters are generally healthy dogs, but some lines are prone to hearing problems, hip dysplasia (damage to the hip joint) and progressive retinal atrophy (PRA), which can lead to blindness. Buying from a responsible breeder will minimize the chances of these problems occurring in your dog. The good news is that PRA is a DNA testable condition, which means that breeders can easily tell which dogs are clear and which ones may potentially pass on the disease to their puppies. This means that you can choose to buy a puppy from a breeder who tests for PRA or you can source your puppy elsewhere, such as from a shelter or rescue organization.
The Irish Setter dog breed makes an excellent pet for active people who have plenty of time to spend with it. These dogs are ideal for people who enjoy outdoor activities such as hunting, fishing, hiking and jogging. They need a lot of mental stimulation to keep them out of trouble, but they’re not excessive shedders. They also get along with children very well, though their long legs can easily knock over a small child unintentionally.
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