The Irish Setter, also known as the Red Setter sometimes, is a very remarkable puppy and dog. They make excellent bird dogs for hunting, and they make excellent pets as family members.
The Irish Setter is one of the best sporting and hunting dogs. They coat is the color of mahogany, chestnut or red, and their coat of hair is long and shiny. You must make sure you brush your Irish Setter on a regular basis, to keep snarls and matts out of it.
The Irish Setter is a high energy dog, and needs lots of exercise and attention. If you just keep your dog in the back yard, and do not do much with him or her, they will get destructive. They need agility training for fun, obedience training, and plenty of exercise to keep them entertained.
The Irish Setter comes from Ireland, and they were breed to be bird hunting dogs. An Irish Setter can smell the bird or game from far distances. The dog would point, or stand at a place where it looks like he or she is pointing. They will flush out the birds and game, and they will swim out and retrieve the game and bring it back, when trained for it properly.
Irish Setters are great with kids and other pets as long as they have been socialized at a young age with them. The only thing you might be concerned with, for a dog that has not been socialized correctly, would be small pets, since the Irish Setter has the natural instinct of looking for birds, so it is vital that your dog be introduced to small animals at an early age.
The average size for a Setter is roughly 50 to 70 pounds, with the males being larger, and weighing the most. Setters have been used as animals that help kids read books, where the dog will sit in front of the child, and the child will read to the Irish Setter, to get the child used to reading in front of someone. They are also used in hospitals as therapy dogs.
Irish Setter's are fun loving dog, who make excellent family members. They do not make that good of a guard dog, as being aggressive is not really in their nature, but a bark still might look a burglar away, but do not buy one as a guard dog, because they just might lick the burglar.
Irish Setter's have a life expectancy of about 12 to 15 years. Your Setter really has a job to do. They love to be out in the open, and love the water and hunting. You really need to make sure your Irish Setter is entertained, and exercised on a regular basis.
In the 1940's, the Irish Setter was slowly dwindling in numbers. The magazines "Field and Stream" and "Sports Avield" took charge, and ran articles about increasing the dog breed, and making a come back, which has worked.
Some famous Setters you may know include: Alex, the dog from the Stroh's beer commercials. Big Red, from the movies, and presidents Harry Truman and Richard Nixon both owned Setters. The well know Dog Whisper, Cesar Millan's first dog was an Irish Setter.