Affectionate and beautiful Irish setter

If you want to get a true and calm four-legged friend, then pay attention to such a breed as an Irish setter. But first find out the features of care and nutrition, as well as character traits.


The breed, as is clear from the name, was bred in Ireland and finally formed only in the middle of the XIX century. Then the Irish setter was introduced to Russia, but since he had a difficult temper, he did not become popular. Yet the external characteristics deserved attention, and therefore the dog handlers decided to eliminate the shortcomings, and they succeeded. As a result of such efforts, a modern Irish setter was introduced, and so it remains so far.


The picture shows that the Irish setter is a fairly large dog: the growth of a male can reach 60-65 centimeters, and bitches - 60 cm. The weight of an adult pet is approximately 25-30 kilograms. But you can not call the dog muscular, the muscles are not as well developed as in some other breeds.

The body is rather elongated and elongated, the legs are also long, they can be called powerful and well developed, and therefore the Irish setters move quickly. The head is small, the muzzle is elongated, the ears are soft, large and drooping. Eyes are oval, located quite close. The skin is elastic and thin, it does not form folds. The coat is long, thick and rather stiff; the undercoat does not have it. The color is usually chestnut, may have a reddish tint. Light spots on paws and chest are also allowed.

Main character traits

The character of the Irish Setter is not very complicated, but you can’t even call it simple. This is a friendly and energetic pet, he needs space to regularly splash out his energy. Such a dog is sociable, happy to make contact with other animals, as well as people. Even to strangers she does not show wariness, therefore she can be called relatively trusting, literally in all she sees friends, especially if they pay attention to her.

The Irish setter possesses hunting instincts, so surely when meeting with a cat he decides to chase and catch her, and in order to avoid trouble, the owner will have to teach the pet to be more restrained and more obedient.The dog treats children very well, plays with them with pleasure, but does not allow itself to be superfluous. Also, the breed can easily get along with other pets, and not only with dogs, but also with cats (but only if it grows with them from early childhood).

Irish setter does not show aggression, he is also not inclined to dominate. This is a dog that is ideal for a family, and the more members in it, the better, the congestion of people and the constant movement such a breed likes. But it's impossible to make it a security and watchdog, because it will not treat strangers with hostility or with caution.

Who is suitable breed?

The Irish Setter needs a fairly responsible and active owner who is willing to devote a lot of time to the pet and provide constant attention. Active games are required, so if you lead an inactive and sedentary lifestyle, you will have to change it.

If you give up personal comfort and space, you will get a loyal and devoted friend. If desired, you can teach him manners and teach you how to perform basic commands, but this will require knowledge, patience and time.As a result, you can get a great companion, especially for jogging or cycling. Best of all, the Irish setter is suitable for living in a private house with a large garden area, in an apartment it can be boring and crowded.

How to care?

Caring for an Irish setter is not very difficult and involves the following rules:

  1. Ensure activity, walk twice a day and let your pet frolic.
  2. Bathe your pet as needed, but rarely, so as not to wash off the protective layer from the skin.
  3. Regularly clean your ears and watch them.
  4. Daily or at least two or three times a week, comb the wool of the Irish Setter to prevent it from tangling.
  5. Inspect the pet's body to see and eliminate irritations or damage consequences in time.

How to feed?

A special attention is deserved by the food of the Irish setter. Since such a dog does not eat very much, the diet should be varied, and the food - enriched with all the substances necessary for normal growth and active life. You may prefer to feed food, but pick up quality food that will satisfy all the needs of the pet.

And if you prefer a natural diet, then include meat products, cereals, vegetables. The latter should be processed thermally, for example, stew or cook, you can cook the stew. Boil meat without fail, boil porridge from cereals. You can give the dog and boiled fish, and preferably marine and lean.

If you care about the health of your four-sided friend, then do not give him spicy, fatty, salty, pickled, smoked and sweet. In no case do not offer the dog semi-finished products, fast food and dishes with artificial additives. All products must be of high quality and fresh, as Irish setters have a rather gentle digestive tract and may suffer from digestive disorders. Do not force the animal to eat and be sure to provide constant access to clean water (do not forget to change it regularly).

What should be nutrition at an early age? The puppy in the first months eats mostly milk, but gradually its amount should be reduced by introducing other foods or specialized and age-appropriate food.


The Irish Setter is well-trained if trained properly.

  • First, it must be phased, consistent. This means that you need to start with simple commands and gradually move on to more complex ones.
  • Secondly, do not demand much from the dog, please be patient. Training can be hindered by excessive activity, so it is better to start classes after playing in a calm state.
  • Thirdly, do not shout at your pet and do not punish, so he will not understand anything and may be offended at you. Speak softly, but loud and clear. Formulate the commands correctly so that the dog understands what you want from her.

Possible diseases

In general, the breed is quite healthy, but still some problems may arise. Here are some of the most common:

  • Skin diseases, for example, dermatitis or allergic reactions;
  • congenital esophageal dilatation (megaesophagus);
  • frequent bloating;
  • hypothyroidism;
  • epilepsy;
  • some cancers, such as osteosarcoma (bone damage) and melanoma (skin cancer);
  • epilepsy;
  • otitis
  • entropion (volvulus century);
  • paralysis of the larynx;
  • pyometra (inflammation of the uterus in females);
  • hip dysplasia;
  • hypertrophic osteodystrophy (destruction of long bones).

Love your pet and care for it so that it is healthy, contented and active, and also responds to you with devotion.

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