Irish-setters or red setters as they are more commonly known are intelligent, affectionate and full of energy.

Due to their independent spirit some Irish setters can be hard to train, but with a firm hand and plenty of exercise they should prove to be a lovable companion.

Irish setters will live to about 15 years of age, stand about 28 inches in height and weigh about 75 pounds. They are prone to many ailments, such as epilepsy, skin allergies, and dysplasia and eye problems. Feed 2-3 times a day instead of once as they are also prone to bloating; also give them plenty of exercise.

The Irish setter is very good at hunting game birds; he is also a retriever pointer plus a good tracker.On finding game Irish Setters shorten, taking a few tight casts in the cone of the scent before drawing forward to set. From once they wind game to the set, some tail action is seen. The body lowers at the back and stays high at the shoulder and head as they sift the wind for the exact location of their birds. The ears are expressive, being well up and forward on the head as they approach game.

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