BREED DESCRIPTION & INFORMATION
Am. Can. Ch. Kulana To Infinity and Beyond (Hanna)
Photo Courtesy of: Kulana Irish Setters
Note: The breed registries indicated above are the most recognized all-breed registries. The breed may also be recognized by other registries not indicated here. For further details about dog registries, please see the document: Dog Breed Registries in North America.
* The FCI is the World Canine Organization, which includes 84 members and contract partners (one member per country) that each issue their own pedigrees and train their own judges. The FCI recognizes 339 breeds, with each being the "property" of a specific country. The "owner" countries of the breeds write the standards of these breeds in co-operation with the Standards and Scientific Commissions of the FCI, and the translation and updating are carried out by the FCI. The FCI is not a breed registry nor does it issue pedigrees.
Males: 27 inches (69 cm) - Females: 25 inches (64 cm)
Males: 70 lbs (31.5 kg) - Females: 60 lbs (27 kg)
The Irish Setter was originally a popular gun dog not only in his native Ireland, but in England and North America as well. The solid red Setter first appeared in Ireland in the early 19th century and by the end of that century, the breed had moved into North America. Throughout the 1890's, the outstanding hunting dog started to be seen in the show ring as well. This resulted in changes to the breed and today there are two very distinct types of Irish Setters the smaller, lighter boned dog who is used in the field and the larger, heavier dog with much more coat who is seen in the show ring.
The Irish Setter is a wonderful companion who is fun loving, playful and affectionate. He is a true sporting dog who enjoys having lots of room for exercise. He is known to be bold and very intelligent. It is said that once trained, he is trained for life.
Not only is the Irish Setter a great family dog, he is quite often seen participating in a variety of dog sports and activities, including: Conformation, Obedience, Hunting or Field Trials, and Agility. In addition, his gentle and calm disposition make him an excellent candidate to work as a Therapy or Service dog.
His coat is short and fine on the head and forelegs, and of moderate length and flat on all other parts of the body. He has long, silky feathering on the ears, the back of the forelegs and thighs, the belly, brisket, and chest, with his tail fringe being long and tapered. His colour is a gorgeous mahogany of rich chestnut-red.
Like all breeds of dogs, the Irish Setter is susceptible to certain health problems, including:
- Progressive Retinal Atrophy (PRA)
- Hip Dysplasia
- Canine Leucocyte (CLAD) in the Irish Setter
- Bloat As with any deep-chested dog, the occurrence of Bloat or Gastric Torsion is a real possibility in the Gordon Setter. If you are not familiar with this condition, it is absolutely necessary to learn about it and know the symptoms This is a real emergency and a life threatening condition that requires immediate Veterinary attention. See Gastric Dilatation Volvulus (GDV) Bloat in the Health and Nutrition section of Canada's Guide to Dogs for more information and First Aid for Bloat for an article describing some of the things you can do if you are faced with this situation.
If you are considering the adoption of a Irish Setter puppy, or any breed, it is very important to be selective in choosing a responsible and reputable breeder. Ensure that the prospective puppy's parents have all health clearances. Breeding of any dog should not be done until after they have been proven to be free of evidence of significant hereditary diseases. (For more information on selecting a breeder, see the articles on the main Breed Listing and Breeders page.)
Additional Health Resources:
- Canine Inherited Disorders Database Irish Setter
- Irish Setter Club of America Health Committee
- Health and Nutrition Growing section of the Canada's Guide to Dogs website which includes information on several health and nutrition related issues.
- Canine Health Information Center (CHIC) Providing a source of health information for owners, breeders, and scientists that will assist in breeding healthy dogs. CHIC is a centralized canine health database jointly sponsored by the AKC/Canine Health Foundation (AKC/CHF) and the Orthopedic Foundation for Animals (OFA).
- AKC Canine Health Foundation Working towards developing scientific advances in canine health.
- Canine Eye Registration Foundation (CERF)
- Orthopedic Foundation for Animals (OFA)
- Ontario Veterinary College (OVC)
- University of Pennsylvania Hip Improvement Program (PennHip)
- HealthGene HealthGene Corporation is the leading provider of veterinary DNA diagnostic services in Canada.
- CKC Breed Standard
- AKC Breed Standard
- UKC Breed Standard
- The Kennel Club Breed Standard (U.K.)
- FCI Breed Standard for the Irish Red Setter Standard No. 120
- F.C.I. Standard (Français)
- AKC IRISH SETTER DVD
17 Min. Video Edition, Published by the AKC
Discussion of the breed standard: good structure and movement, acceptable colors, correct head, size. Developed for breeders, exhibitors and judges.
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- Grooming This section of the Canada's Guide to Dogs website includes tips, articles and information covering all aspects of dog grooming along with a listing of Groomers from across Canada.
- Training For training information, see this growing section of the Canada's Guide to Dogs website for tips, articles, as well as listings of training centres across Canada.
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- The Irish Red Setter Pedigree Collection
- Clubs, Sports & Activities For information on the many sports and activities you can get involved in with your dog.
- Working Dogs The Working Dogs section of the Canada's Guide to Dogs website provides information and listings of organizations that are involved in various dog jobs, such as Guide Dogs, Therapy Dogs, Police Dogs, Protection Dogs, and much more.