A majestic, red haired dog with floppy ears, a long neck and long legs, rests on the garden sofa.

Irish Setter

Are you looking for an active, child friendly dog breed? This Irish dog breed could be just for you! Whether you’re thinking of borrowing one of these huggable dogs, or getting your own, we’ve pulled together lots of fun and interesting facts you should know about them.

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What is an Irish Setter?

A signature long, silky, red coat makes Irish Setters quite a glamourous breed. Due to their distinctive colouring, Irish Setters are sometimes known as Irish Red Setters or Irish Red and White Setters. Beyond their glossy chestnut locks, they love to be centre of attention and thrive on constant human companionship, making them an ideal family addition. While they are one of the most affectionate dog breeds, Irish Setters were bred for hunting, so their owners should be game for lots of frolicing in the park alongside lots of cuddles.

There are two other types of setter - the English Setter and the Gordon Setter. They are all gundogs bred for hunting game (birds, specifically) so will share similar personalities and exercise needs - although each breed has a slightly different appearance (particularly their colouring).

How much exercise does an Irish Setter need?

As a very active breed, Irish Setters require long, daily walks and off-lead running in wide, open spaces. The Kennel Club suggests more than 2 hours per day. Alongside exercise requirements, the Irish Setter is a long haired dog breed which will also require at least weekly brushing.

Tilly and Ella are dogs with long, red, silky hair. They relaxing on top of each other on a sofa

“Byrn loves walks and enjoys being let off the lead in safe places for a good snout around. She comes back when you call and is always reluctant to go home, preferring to at the park, wood, beach for a lot longer.” - Les, Owner of Byrn

What is the temperament of an Irish Setter?

Irish Setters are very lovable dogs. They’re known for their very affectionate, easy going nature and get along with everyone - children, other dogs, and new visitors alike. In fact, their sweet demeanour is why they’re a popular therapy dog breed.

A long-haired, red dog is standing in shallow water

“Benson loves a snuggle on the sofa and a good brush often sends him to sleep. He's very friendly with other dogs and children.” - Niki, Owner of Benson

Are Irish Setters easy to train?

With a tendency to 'play deaf', Irish Setters needs careful, consistent training, particularly on recall, but they will respond swiftly to positive training.

Here are a few funny quirks that some of our members’ pooches have:

Cath, Owner of Indy

Indy is a handsome chap with a face that seems to plead for love.

David, Owner of Shannon

Shannon loves being fussed by anyone willing to do so.

Most common Irish Setter names on BorrowMyDoggy:

  • Rufus
  • Ruby
  • Alfie
  • Mia

Do you know an Irish Setter who "plays deaf" during recall? Why not try our Hound Hack on how to teach your dog better recall:

High paws to our lovely community for letting us share these facts about their Irish Setters. Paws crossed you found them helpful :)

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