Irish Setter Dog Breed Temperament, Health Issues, Grooming and Living Conditions

  • 20/11/2010

Temperament: With the Irish Setter we have an intelligent, energetic, dog that loves affection and is full of energy. This breed of dog has no guardian instincts but will get along well with all other pets and children. Coming from a working dog background the Irish Setter requires mental and physical exercise daily or may become destructive, impulsive, and independently spirited. Combined with their energy, this is not desired effect. The Irish Setter dog will require a firm but fair, owner that is willing to be leader of the pack. If this breed senses a weak owner they become exceptionally hard to train.

The Irish Setter dog requires plenty of exercise and a firm approach to training, training needs to start when the puppy is young. There are two types within this breed, the field line and the show line. Both types of dog are highly energetic, but it is probably better to think about having a dog from the show line, if you require this breed as a pet, as the show line are slightly less active. This dog is highly reactive to how it is treated and to what type and how much exercise they are given. To gain the best from this breed will require consistent firm, but not harsh training, with plenty of exercise.

Health issues: The Irish Setter has a problem with bloat, and it is wise to feed this dog two to three small meals a day instead of one large one. This dog can have eye problems such as PRA, autoimmune disease, and skin allergies, epilepsy and elbow and head dysplasia. Check often for ear infections and inflammations.

Grooming: An Irish Setter will need daily grooming but this is all that is needed to keep the coat in good condition. This is an average shedder.

Living conditions: This breed is not good for apartment living, except if the owner is an exceptionally active person that takes the dog on long jogs or bike rides. The Irish Setter needs a large garden.

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