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Irish Setter

Sensitive and very active!!! (other names: Irish Red Setter, Madra Rua, Red Setter)

Irish Setter
origin:Ireland
date origin:18th century
life expectancy:12 to 13 years
classification:Gundog
height:52 to 62 cm
weight:18 to 25 kg
exercise: Demandingtraining: Reasonablegrooming: Needs groomingfeeding: Mediumsize: Large
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History [ edit ]

In the early 1700s, there were only recognized Irish Red and White Setter, but less then a century after, some dogs that had been separately bred were seen as a different specimen – the solid reds. However even today some white marks can occur in this breed, but they are only accepted specific areas. The Irish Setter was very popular in Ireland, it´s country of birth. This dog´s breed name in Gaelic, a language spoken in Ireland, is “Madra rua” meaning "red dog".

Many are the breeds that are pointed out for being this setter ancestor, such as: Spanish Pointer, other pointers, setting spaniels, Scottish setters, English Setters, Gordon Setters and even Bloodhounds, Irish Water Spaniels and Irish Terriers. The most ancient known Irish Setter is a British dog of the 1870s named Palmerston.

The Irish Setter was used both for game retrieving and setting and he was specially good in bird hunts. However his lustrous coat and magnificent appearance led him to the show rings and nowadays few are those still used in hunting. In fact, breeders now select them for their looks rather by their hunting skills.  
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Temperament [ edit ]

These dogs are very good with children and other animals, but do require socialization. Affectionate, playful and independent, the Red Setter is an intelligent dog that only does  what he feels like it. Although with a little patient, they are not that difficult to train.

This is a dog that requires a lot of exercise and it´s not appropriated for an apartment. He needs a large yard where he can run and explore. 
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General appearance [ edit ]

This Setter´s elegance and silky coat makes him one of the most beautiful dog breeds. This large breed varies in size from 64 to 69 cm but there´s no real height maximum established, since breeders clame there´s no such thing as a too tall Irish Setter.  

It’s the coat that sets this Red Setter apart from all the other dogs. Covered in long, lustrous and flat hair, it´s beauty doens´t pass by unnoticed. The color is usually a solid rich chestnut red or mahogany, although some white spots are allowed in the chest and feet.

The legs are long and muscular, but the dog is slightly longer than tall. The nose is black or brown and it has a distinct stop.  The eyes are chestnut or dark hazel.

The tail is carried straight and it´s fringed.  
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Health [ edit ]

The Irish Setter is a healthy breed, however it´s prone to some genetic diseases suck as Hip dysplasia, epilepsy, hyperosteodystrophy,  bloat and skin allergies.

Special care must be taken with their ears, due to otitis. 
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Dog Trivia [ edit ]

Richard Nixon, Presidente of The United States (1969 to 1974),  had Irish Setter named King Timahoe.

Harry Truman, President of the United States (1945–1953), also had Mike, an Irish Setter.

The Irish Setter named Saluki is the first dog of Cesar Millan, a well known expert on dog´s behavior. 
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12.10
Dogfan22 said:
this is a stunning breed :)
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