Irish Setter

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Irish Setter

Irish Setter Overview

Hailing from the Emerald Isle, Irish Setters are fun-loving dogs with a mischievous twinkle in their eye. They’re a high energy breed that’s perfect for someone who wants to stay active with a loyal companion. This is definitely not a dog that will happily stay home by itself.

The Irish Setter wants to be with people and keep the good times rolling. Because of their easy-going nature and eager to please personality, they make for great family dogs. Kids of all ages can tumble around with an Irish Setter and no one will get hurt. Bred by sportsmen in the 18th century, Irish Setters are built to retrieve birds for hunters. That means they love to fetch and need space to run around. In recent history they’ve become popular show dogs due to their beautiful rich mahogany coat and friendly disposition.

If you own an Irish Setter, be prepared to put some time into their grooming. You don’t want their long coat to get matted up! They can also be a handful when it comes to separation anxiety, just make sure that your Irish Setter gets the attention they deserve and your red head will be happy as a lark.

Did you know?

One of the most famous Irish Setters was King Timahoe, Richard Nixon’s pet while he was in White House.

Irish Setter Stats

  • Kid-Friendly Kid-Friendly

  • Good with other animals Good with other animals

  • Easy to train Easy to train

Popularity ranking**
25-27 in / 60-70 lbs (L)
Average lifespan
12-15 years
Activity level
When necessary
Barking level
When necessary
Coat length

Caring for your breed

Daily serving

Daily kibble serving

2-3 cups

Daily exercise

Daily exercise

1-2 hours


Grooming frequency

Brushed Daily

Dog Food

Feeding your Irish Setter

Irish Setters are active and hardy dogs that will live 11 to 12 years with proper nutrition. Make sure you’re feeding your dog a high-quality kibble that’s free of artificial sweeteners, flavours or colouring. If your dog has thyroid issues, you’ll also want to find soy-free options. You should feed your Irish Setter 2-3 cups of food daily, split into two meals. This helps your dog regulate how much they’re eating and keep them from becoming overweight. Monitor your dog’s activity level and make sure they’re consuming the right amount of calories.


*Contrary to popular belief, there are no 100% hypoallergenic dogs. There are breeds, however, that have non-shedding coats and are suited well to allergy sufferers.
**The breed popularity ranking is based on the most current ranking of the American Kennel Club (AKC)

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