Irish Red Setter

Other names : Red Setter, Irish Setter

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Life expectancy

The Irish Red Setter has a life expectancy of between 12 and 14 years




Adult size

Female Between 22 and 24 in
Male Between 23 and 26 in

Adult weight

Female Between 40 and 51 lb
Male Between 44 and 55 lb
Coat colour
Red White
Type of coat
Eye colour

Purchase price

The Irish Red Setter costs between £810 and £860

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More details about the Irish Red Setter

Irish Red Setter: Origins and history

The Irish Setter, as his name suggests, comes from Ireland. The breed was developed there during the 18th century, when Gordon Setters, Pointers, Spaniels and English Setters were likely combined. Some of the first of the breed were known as Red Spaniels, or the Gaelic version of red dog, “Modder Rhu”. Many setters with either solid red coats or red sprinkled with tiny white dots were bred during this time.

The first Irish Setter imported from Ireland to the United States in 1875 was named Elcho. This famous dog was a star, not only in the hunting field but also in the show ring. Likewise, in 1878, Admiral was the first of the breed to be registered by the American KC.  During the 60’s and 70’s, popularity rose for this breed of dogs, notably due to Big Red, a famous Irish Setter who had a movie and books named after him. The dog’s popularity remains stable in present times.

FCI classification of the Irish Red Setter

  • Group 7 - Pointing Dogs

  • Section 2 : British and Irish Pointers and Setters

Irish Red Setter: Varieties

  • Irish Red Setter
  • Irish Red and White Setter

Training a Irish Red Setter

Certainly, Irish Setters are very responsive to training, however, often quite mischievous. As he loves to spend time around people, he will enjoy the extra time you spend on training sessions. Very capable of learning many skills including complex and advanced ones, especially if you begin these routines from puppyhood.

Irish Red Setter: Purchase price

The average price of an Irish Setter dog in the UK, is £860 for a dog registered at the Kennel Club and £810 for a dog that isn’t.

As a rough guide, the cost to feed, insure and care for an Irish Setter, including annual veterinary check-ups, will be around £80 to £100 each month. This however, does not include the initial buying cost of your pet.

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