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Irish Setter

Distinguished, with a friendly, alert expression, Irish Setters catch the eye of their admirers with their distinctive red coat.

About the Irish Setter

Irish Setters are fast and athletic dogs who have grown in popularity thanks to their lively, intelligent, energetic, affectionate and loyal nature.

Originally bred as gun dogs in their native country, Irish Setters are now popular family dogs across the world, making excellent companions for adults and children alike.

Source: key facts and characteristics sourced from Fédération Cynologique Internationale (FCI)

Breed specifics

Country
Ireland
Group
FCI Group 7, AKC Sporting Group
Size category
Medium
Avg life expectancy
12–15 years

Enthusiastic / Intelligent / Lively / Loving / Loyal / Resilient / Hard-working

Key facts

  • Requires moderate grooming
  • Requires outdoor space
  • Enjoys training

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