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Irish Setter Dog Breed

Originally called the Irish Red Setter in the US, the Irish Setter is an all purpose hunting dog developed from the Irish Terrier, Irish water Spaniel, the English Setter, Pointer and the Gordon Setter. It was in the 19th century when selective and careful breeding produced a dog with a pure chestnut red coat. This active medium-sized dog stands at a height of 24 to 26 inches and weighs from 55 to 75 pounds. It has a long and lean head with a moderately deep muzzle and a pronounced stop. It has medium-sized eyes that are almond shaped, set somewhat wide apart and either dark to medium brown in colour. The ears are triangular in shape, low-set and hang close to the head. It has a long tail that almost reaches to the hock, thicker at the base and tapers to a point. Coat colours include mahogany to a rich, chestnut red. Black is not allowed but a small amount of white on the chest, throat and toes is permissible.

The Irish Red Setter is an excellent hunting dog for game birds with their keen sense of smell and speed. Other talents include hunting, tracking, retrieving, pointing, watch dog, agility and competitive obedience. As a household pet, it is affectionate and loving and are good with children. It has a tendency to bloat so its diet must be monitored and combined with daily physical exercise.

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