Irish Setters originated as gundogs in their native Ireland, and the dog breed‘s popularity soon spread, thanks to the beauty of their rich mahogany coat and their enthusiasm as bird dogs.
There are TOP 10 interesting facts about Irish Setter.
The origin of the Irish Setter lies in Ireland. The breed is a result of cross breeding between the Irish Water Spaniel, English Setter and the Gordon Setter. The original breed of the dog had slightly shorter legs than the current breed to make it a better hunting dog. It also differed in the color of the coat as it had a combination of red and white.
The Irish Setter is a medium to large sized dog with an elegant, well balanced frame. It has a long head; medium sized eyes which are almond shaped and dark brown in color; long ears which are low set and carried close to the head; a black or brown nose with flared nostrils; a slightly deep muzzle which slightly tapers towards the end; taut lips with teeth which meet in scissors bite. This breed has a medium length tail which is set at the level of the back.
While they are first recognized by their stunning appearance, Irish setters are equally well known for their "rollicking" attitude. These are the clownish rogues of the dog world: lively, intelligent and with a great sense of mischief.
4) Long Puppyhood
Irish setters are notably slow to mature, which means that their physical growth normally outpaces their behavioral development. The result is young, full-grown dogs that still possess a healthy amount of "puppy energy." Over time, Irish setters mature into intelligent dogs, although they often maintain stubborn streaks.
5) Around Strangers
Irish setters tend to be outgoing and friendly dogs, both with people and other dogs. Some caution must be taken when introducing them to other smaller house pets however, because they are hunters. Some socialization is important to counter the few shy specimens of the breed.
It is an active breed which needs a lot of daily exercise. Daily walks are essential for emotional and developmental needs of the dog. These should be supplemented with jogging or running in a secured fenced area. It tends to gain weight easily so should not be overfed.
The Irish Setter's body coat hair is moderately long and flat. The hair on the head and forelegs is short and fine. Long and silky feathering is featured on the back of the ears, forelegs and thighs. The coat color is a rich mahogany or chestnut red. The nose is chocolate brown or black. There may be some white on the throat, chest or toes or in a narrow streak across the skull. These white markings are accepted by the AKC for show.
8) In White House
At least three American presidents are known to have owned Irish Setters during their tenures in the White House. Harry Truman owned one named Mike. Ronald Reagan had one named Peggy. But arguably the most famous White House Irish Setter was Richard Nixon's beloved King Timahoe, or Tim for short. He was one of several dogs of various breeds the Nixon family owned.
The Irish Setter is an average shedder and sheds heavily during spring and fall. Its silky and medium in length coat needs regular grooming to avoid tangles and matting. Almost daily brushing with a firm bristle brush is required to keep to coat healthy. It should be bathed only when necessary and must be dried properly after each bath. Its ears and eyes should be cleaned properly to avoid any infection.
10) Family Dogs
Do not count on an Irish setter to guard the house, although he may alarm bark. Irish setters tend to be friendly and make good family dogs, but they can be a bit too big and rambunctious with small children. Some socialization is required because a few of these dogs are shy.