Facts about Irish Setter Puppies

Are you unsure how to care for Irish Setter puppies, or just want to learn more about this breed?

Maybe you are thinking about buying a puppy and want to know if this is the right breed of dog for you?

No matter what your situation may be, you will find the answers to your questions right here!



Irish Setter History

The breed, also known as the Irish Red Setter, was developed in the 18th century in Ireland. Most experts agree it was developed from crosses of Irish Water Spaniel, Irish Terrier, English Setter, Spaniel, Pointer and Gordon Setter.

Initially developed to hunt game birds, the Irish Setter became one of the most popular companion dogs in the world.

Some of its other talents include tracking, pointing, retrieving, watch duty (but not guarding) and competitive obedience and agility.

Physical Characteristics of Irish Setter Puppies

This is a medium to large-size dog. It's longer than it's tall and has a long head, almond-shaped brown eyes, black nose and long drop ears. The tail is long and tapers to a fine point.

The coat is long and has silky feathering on the chest, ears, tail and back of the legs. It comes in many shades of mahogany and may have white markings on the chest, throat and toes.

An Irish Red and White Setter has a white base with patches of red, but it's considered a distinct breed.

    Height Weight
  Male 26 to 27 inches 65 to 75 pounds
  Female 25 to 26 inches 55 to 65 pounds


The Irish Red Setter is an intelligent, playful and outgoing dog. Its playfulness will extend well into his adulthood. It likes to be petted, play with other dogs and be involved in family activities.

It's very friendly and gets along well with other pets and children. Its friendliness extends not only to the people it knows but to strangers too.

It will make a good watchdog but, because of its friendly personality, a terrible guard dog. It's likely to alert you to the presence of intruders, but it's just as likely to happily greet them than wrestle them to the ground.

These dogs tend to pick up bad habits quite easily, so training is important. This is also a very sensitive breed, so be gentle but firm during your training sessions.

You can also describe the breed as impulsive, high strung and free-spirited.

Best Owner / Living Conditions

This is a very active breed and is not well suited for an apartment lifestyle. It will do best with an active owner in a suburban environment, preferably with a fenced yard.

Some Irish Setter breeders will interview prospective owners to make sure this is the right breed for them.

Activity and Exercise

The Irish Setter is an active dog. Without enough exercise, it will become restless, difficult to manage and may resort to destructive behaviors.

Provide him with plenty of exercise, including running off leash in a safe place.

If your yard is not fenced, consider getting an electronic dog fencing. There are a lot of systems that are cheap (a lot cheaper than a physical fence), easy to install and will keep your pet well protected.

At a minimum, take him for one or two long walks every day.


The Irish Setter is an average shedder. Brush your pet daily to keep his coat in good condition.

Bathe only when necessary.

Health Concerns

Like all other dog breeds, the Irish Setter is susceptible to complications caused by parasites such as dog ticks, fleas, and puppy worms, including tapeworms, roundworms, and heartworms.

Other health concerns include eye problems, hip dysplasia, hypothyroidism, PRA, epilepsy, and skin allergies.

Another potential problem involves bloating. To prevent this condition, do not over feed your pet. It's better to give him 2 or 3 smaller meals instead of 1 big one.

For more information about dog diseases and health, visit dog health problems.

To reduce the risk of the above and many other health problems, buy only from reputable Irish Setter breeders (visit dog breeders to learn how to identify responsible dog breeders).

No matter how small the risk of health problems is, any puppy may get sick or injured. Many health problems will require an immediate attention from your Vet, but there are many others that will not, and you may handle them on your own.

To save time and money, learn how to diagnose and treat dog health problems that don't require your Vet's attention.

Life Expectancy

The average life expectancy for an Irish Setter puppy is between 12 and 15 years.

Did you ever consider adopting your next pet?

If this is the breed you are interested in, and adoption appeals to you, consider contacting your local Irish Setter rescue. There are thousands of pets waiting for a loving home and, yes, it's possible to adopt a purebred dog.

Puppy Training

Not happy with your pet's behavior? Need help with training your dog for obedience? Then check this Irish Setter Behavior and Obedience Training Guide.

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