The Irish Setter is one of the most beautiful and elegant English hunting dogs. It was created through the crossbreeding between the English Setters, Spaniels, Pointers with the Gordon Setter in the 18th century in order to be used for hunting mountain birds.
It is a medium to large-sized, slim, slender and elegant dog. The head is thin, long, the skull is oval and slightly rounded, the muzzle is long with a big, black nose. The eyes are wide apart, almond-shaped and brown. The ears are placed low, pointing backwards, of medium length, with rounded tips and drooping. The tail is of medium length, with a slightly curved tip, kept low or high but not higher than the backline. The fur is of medium length, with straight, bushy, long and silky hair, forming fringes on the ears, on the back of the legs, chest, neck and on the belly.
This dog is intelligent, energetic, lively, friendly, enthusiastic. It is obedient and devoted to its master, loving and patient with children and will bark at strangers. If socialized with other dogs and with other household animals from an early age there will not be any problems.
This dog's fur should be trimmed to remove excess hair. Also, one should remove the excess hair between the footpads and inside the ears.
It is a dog with a high level of activity who likes to do a lot of exercise and always have something to do. It is a dog recommended for active people who can spare time to take care of it because it likes long walks, loves to run beside a bicycle, likes to wander off chasing a scent. It can also be kept in an apartment if the conditions are appropriate, being a rather large dog it needs physical and mental exercise to keep him calm while in the house (when it gets bored it can start causing damage). It still feels best in an enclosed yard where it can move freely. It needs socialization and training.
If one considers its independent side, the training of this dog must be firm, consistent, well balanced, but not severe and in a gentle, affectionate voice. It has to be taught from an early age, to come when called because this dog likes to follow interesting smells and after catching a scent it will no longer responds to calls.
It is an excellent hunting dog in any field, a good swimmer and a very good pointer. It is a beloved dog and very much in demand.