Recognized: AKC, ANKC, CKC, FCI, KC (GB), KUSA
Height: 25-27 in (63.5-68.5cm)
Weight: 60-70 lb (27-31.5kg)
Coat: Short and fine on head, fronts of legs, and tips of ears; moderately long, free, and as straight as possible on rest of body; good feathering
Color: Rich chestnut with no trace of black; white markings on chest, throat, chin, or toes, or small star on forehead or narrow streak or blaze on nose or face permissible
|The lrish Red Setter (or Big Red) was developed
through the crossing of Irish Water Spaniels,Spanish
Pointers,and both the English and Gordon Setters.
This resulted in a beautiful,exuberant,pointer-like
dog.Although it originated in Ireland,the breed came
into its own in Victorian England,where its speed and
energy,developed for the conditions found in Ireland,
made it ideally suited to work as a gundog in large,
open expanses of countryside.
While undoubtedly having hunting ability,this
breed is widely sought as a popular and loving family
pet.It is good with children and other pets, and has
a particular affinity with horses.The Irish Setter has
boundless energy and,therefore,needs plenty of
exercise,as well as a daily brushing.It will adapt to
a suburban home,but is far better suited to country
life where it has plenty of freedom.