Saturday, March 17, 2012

Irish Setter

Irish Setter
Now, I don't always write about animals that correspond to holidays, but with all the cool critters that come out of Ireland, I couldn't really resist.

Irish Setters are gorgeous red sporting dogs that were developed in Ireland during the 19th century. The term "Setter" actually first appears a few centuries earlier, but those dogs were more spaniel like. Modern Setters first appeared in the 1700s, and the characteristic redness of the Irish Setter popped up by the 1850s as an offshoot of the Red and White Setters.

Setter Pointing
Irish Setters are all purpose hunting dogs. They have great noses, great speed, and have the abilities to point, track, and retrieve. Keep in mind that that long silky coats of the Show dogs aren't usually present on the hunting dogs. Their hair is kept shorter in order to be more manageable in the field.

To own an Irish Setter you had better have enough time and energy to give it proper exercise. They are a high energy breed and need to have an outlet for that energy to remain well adjusted and happy. Irish Setters are also very playful, intelligent, and affectionate, and are easy to house-train.

Status : Domesticated
Location : Originated in Ireland
Size : Height up to 27in (69cm), Weight up to 70lbs (32kg)
Classification : Phylum : Chordata -- Class : Mammalia -- Order : Carnivora
Family : Canidae -- Genus : Canis -- Species : C. lupus -- Subspecies : C. l. familiaris


  1. We had an Irish setter for 13 years. His name was Micky. He was a joy to have around, was good with young children. As he aged he had the hip problems that many of this breed have. Although I know he hurt he was always gentle with the young children, and would lick them in the face when they became too playful. We had to make the choice when he was 13 to have him put down. This was one of our saddest days, it was losing a member of your family that you really loved. We lost Micky over 17 years ago, but our grandchildren still talk about their friend 'Micky' and how they loved him. He is buried in our backyard, and the kids still put flowers.

  2. Hola amigo de los animales: veo que tienes un blog muy bueno con interesantes datos. ¡¡¡Enhorabuena por él!!!.

    Quisiera compartir contigo y tus lectores más información sobre la raza de perro Setter Irlandes y dos videos, uno de Cachorros de setter irlandes y otro con fotos del Setter irlandes.

    Espero que te guste mi espacio de mascotas (Perros y Gatos) y dejame un comentario si te apetece.

    Saludos desde España

  3. What an incredibly beautiful exercise! I love this idea. Thank you so much for sharing. I will most certainly do this with our sweet Lilly and Buddy. In fact, I'm headed to snuggle and do some story telling now. Happy seeing beautiful and thanks for hopping with us! Looking for large dog breeds for families Wondering what large dog breeds are good with kids or would be good for apartments Find out here A complete list of large dog breeds


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