Breed love: Irish setter

So glossy. So pretty and she knows it. Click for source.

My dad, who grew up with dozens of different dogs, had an Irish setter for a short period of time. The beautiful setter, however, did not last very long in his family. The dog had so much unchanneled energy that no one could keep it in a fence. The setter ran away countless times and finally escaped one day and was never found again. It’s a sad story for a such a beautiful dog, but it is perhaps a sage warning for anyone seriously considering an Irish setter.

Irish setters are famous for their hyperactivity and nervous natures. They are gorgeous and loyal dogs when their energies are properly utilized, but they do require plenty of attention and training.

Gazing into your eyes. Click for source.

Irish setters reached the height of their popularity in the 1950s and 1960s. President Richard Nixon, for instance, had a gregarious Irish setter named King Timahoe. It’s impossible to deny that these dogs are utterly beautiful. However, these sleek redheads come with fiery personalities. For that reason, I don’t think I’d ever get an Irish setter, but I’m very happy to admire them from afar.

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2 thoughts on “Breed love: Irish setter

  1. They really are a beautiful breed. There is an Irish Setter at work, and he is the most docile and kind dog. He is a little “slow”, but we all think he’s a sweetheart. He’s a rescue, and he doesn’t seem phased by much besides car rides…terrified of cars.

  2. My dad used to have one back in the days when he and my mum were courting – that dog loathed mum and would snarl at her as soon as dad left the room…until mum (who was terrified of this mad beast that dad kept telling her was the sweetest dog in the world) won her over with a large piece of ham :p From the stores I’ve heard of that dog, they have quite a strong prey drive? At least G. brought home the neibours chickens reguraly (they were ok, just spit soaked) 🙂

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