Known for his
flashy good looks, expressive face, and exuberant, boisterous personality, the Irish Setter
has long been a favourite as a show dog and in the field. The adult Irish
Setter stands about 25 to 27 inches tall. He has long hair or feathers on
his chest, body, legs, and tail, and requires regular brushing. This
elegant breed is considered by
artists to be the most beautiful of dogs.
The Irish Setter
is a spirited animal with enthusiasm to spare who requires a gentle but firm hand. Although Irish Setters look aristocratic
in the show ring, they take two to three years to mature and are affectionate
and playful pets. They are carefree, loyal, and loving dogs who thrive on human companionship and attention. This is not a dog to be
left alone for long periods. Because they love people so much, Irish Setters are not
appropriate guard dogs!
Since an Irish Setter prefers to have fun rather than
work, begin training right away! He is very intelligent but can
be stubborn. Blind obedience has never been the setter style. He does best with a consistent and loving approach to
training as he is a sensitive dog. This dog requires an outlet for his
boundless energy! Plenty of good romping room and long runs will ensure
that he remains healthy, well-balanced, and manageable.