IRISH SETTER DOG

The Irish Setter is known as a sized and graceful dog. The beauty of the show Irish Setter cannot be denied, larger and with more hair than the field specimen.
Substantial but elegant, the Irish Setter is the picture of aristocracy colored in a rich chestnut. It is 68 cm to the withers, the female is 5 cm less, and weighs 35 kg, the female 5 kg less for the AKC. For the FCI 2 cm taller and without size definition in the KC standard. The hair is semi long, except on the hind and forelegs where it is short and fine. The head is elongated and clean, its beauty is highlighted by the delicate chiseled along the muzzle, eyes and cheekbones. The skull is oval, with the occipital clean and very slightly rounded from a profile. The neck is moderately lengthed, not thick and without dewlap. The tail has long haired bristles, inserted leveled with the back, narrowing towards the tip. The body is long enough; the chest is deep; the lumbar area has a moderate length. The hindquarters are well angled and balance to ease a light trotting, with impulse. The limbs straight and parallel; small and firm feet.
 
WHO IS IT RIGHT FOR
Having endured the popularity wave, the Irish Setter has landed on its four feet firmly and is a good choice as a sweet and affectionate member of the sporting group. It is elegant and pretty, it acts like a gentleman, and prefers the country over the city life. Exercise is the key for a balanced character. Firm education is necessary to convince such a smart dog what is and what is not right, and who is who. It is an affectionate companion for children and loves to spend time outdoors after a walk or game in the afternoon.
 
DEVELOPMENT
The size of the litters varies enormously, from 1 to 12. In addition, the puppy’s weigh also varies, from 225 g to 570 g. The color of the puppies also varies, from dark chestnut to light fawn. The color usually changes, and the true adult color cannot be appreciated until the puppy fur changes. Usually, the breed is slow when maturing, physically as well as psychologically, and can take up to three years. Sexual maturity is equally late; some females don’t have their first heat until after three years. There seems to be a notable difference in working and company specimens, being the first the smallest, growing slowly but maturing sooner. The Irish Setter should feed with a breeder prescribed diet, and exercise regularly during the growth period. It is important for the owner to dose the exercise during the growing years, not too much and not too little.
Training the Irish Setter for show, should be begun at early age. The white spots at the chest are not desirable in the adult; they usually disappear from the puppy, and should not affect the buyer’s choice. 
The puppy has a sweet and unconcerned character, traits that remain as an adult. 
 
HEALTH             
Hair and ear care is not excessive but very important, since ear and skin infections can be frequent. Breeders should have applied character tests, and the puppies should receive socialization and education. The Irish Setter was enormously popular in the 70s, and during and after this period health and character problems emerged. However, during the last years, many of these problems have been eliminated. Hip dysplasia still affects the breed, and performing X – rays is a duty. Other common problems also affect the skeleton, including osteodystrophy, osteochondritis and rickets, which appear during the growth periods. Eye problems, especially cataracts, even juvenile, make an eye exam necessary. Short or split tails, are birth defects that are seen at first size. In the breed hypothyroidism, reproduction problems, stomach torsion, and tumors also occur. It is known that the Irish Setter is sensitive to penicillin and chemicals, including antibiotics, for which your veterinarian should be informed. Veterinarians inform about specimens with a vascular ring anomaly, and enteropathy due to wheat sensibility (which affects the small intestine). The Irish Setter can live 10 to 12 year.
 
It is not easy to educate the Irish Setter. It needs a strong hand and correction when teaching it obedience. Don’t believe that the dog is “dumb”, on the contrary, it has set ideas, stubborn and independent.
 
The temperament is almost divine, and Irish Setter breeders have knelt in the socialization altar for decades. Most puppies have and extroverted, positive personality with people.