Irish Setter


The Irish Setter is a breed that was developed for hunting. This purpose is apparent in its appearance. Standing erect, the breed has a long and slender muzzle and ears that lay long against its neck. The neck is elongated and also slender. The neck transitions to the back smoothly. The back somewhat slopes to a high-set tail that is heavily feathered. The chest is very deep and has a profuse amount of fur. The front legs are straight and the back legs are moderately angled. The coat is luxurious and flat against the body at the head, back, and feet.


The long and lean body of the Irish Setter has a tremendous amount of energy. As a hunting companion the breed is capable of covering a lot of ground. As a pet the breed is loving and playful. It will live peacefully with other pets in the home. Their good nature makes them a natural companion for children. However, the breed can be overly excited and may be too much for young children. Calming the breed down is simple as long as it is trained early.

Height and Weight

Male height: 26-28 inchesMale weight: 65-73 poundsFemale height: 23-26 inchesFemale weight: 55-63 pounds

Health Problems

The Irish Setter is susceptible to several health conditions. The most serious conditions the breed may develop include epilepsy, hypothyroidism, and Progressive Retinal Atrophy (PRA). The breed may also develop hip dysplasia, skin allergies, and ear infections. The ear infections may be prevented by regularly cleaning the ears to remove bacteria that would otherwise be trapped by the breed’s long ears.

Ideal Living Conditions

A large open field would keep the Irish Setter content. This breed loves to run free. Many families that live in suburban chose the breed and it does fine. The key to it being happy in a less free environment is that it has the opportunity to become physical.


Unless the Irish Setter is in its ideal setting of a large open space, it requires a significant amount of exercise. The breed has a high energy level and can endure high-impact physical exercise. Running is probably one of its favorite things to do. It also enjoys swimming.

Life Expectancy

The Irish Setter lives a life of about 11-15 years.

Litter Size

The Irish Setter typically has 11-15 puppies per litter.


The Irish Setter has a flat coat that does not require much grooming. Using a comb or brush on a regular basis will keep the coat in good condition. Depending on the breed’s environment, foliage and debris may become trapped in its coat. Washing the coat with a gentle dry shampoo is recommended. The breed’s coat doesn’t shed heavily.


16th century Ireland produced the first line of Irish Setters.


Gun, Sporting


Dynamic shades of brown are acceptable for the Irish Setter. White markings are also acceptable.