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Breed:

Irish Setter

Group (AKC):

Sporting

Country of Origin18th century Ireland
Type of coatlongish, shedding, silky
Groomingdaily brushing, regular bathing, nail trimming, ear cleaning
Average height21-25 inches
Average weight55-70 pounds
Activity levelvery high
Watchdogno
Protectionno
Intelligencemedium
Trainabilitydifficult to control off leash, humorous behaviors, easily distracted by their excellent sense of smell, require patience and understanding, will make an excellent hunting and camping companion, use positive reinforcement, be gentle - guide rather than force, if forced the dog will become flighty
Compatibility with childrenvery good
Characteraffectionate, athletic, mischievious, exuberant, impulsive, excitable, high-strung, devil-may-care, clownish, impetuous, friendly, zany, pushy, independent, curious
Ideal home environmenthouse with fenced yard
Ideal ownerfirm, patient, athletic leader with time to train and exercise
Suggestions:early obedience training recommended; work from a very young age on off leash; Come command through positive reinforcement
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Additional notes:

Although highly respected, Dr. Michael Fox (not Michael J. Fox) did injustice to this wonderful breed by saying that they get lost at the end of their leash. People who own and love this breed will never fogive him. One of the better looking dogs that humans created is misunderstood and misused by families who purchase an Irish Setter in an attempt to make it into something it is not. These are wonderful but extremely sensitive dogs that require a lot of patience and understanding.

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