No surprise here: The Irishman’s coat requires lots of brushing and combing.
A rollicking breed, the Irish Setter is high-energy and requires regular exercise. His outgoing and stable personality make him a favorite with families. Their long, glossy red coat, although beautiful, must be groomed regularly to prevent snarls or mats.
Depending on the size of your dog as an adult you are going to want to feed them a formula that will cater to their unique digestive needs through the various phases of their life. Many dog food companies have breed-specific formulas for small, medium, large and giant breeds.
The Irish Setter is a large breed and has a lifespan of 12 to 14 years. What you feed your dog is an individual choice, but working with your veterinarian and/or breeder will be the best way to determine frequency of meals as a puppy and the best adult diet to increase his longevity. Clean, fresh water should be available at all times.
Grooming can be a wonderful bonding experience for you and your pet. Their strong fast-growing nails should be trimmed regularly with a nail clipper or grinder to avoid overgrowth, splitting and cracking. Their ears should be checked regularly to avoid a buildup of wax and debris which can result in an infection. Teeth should be brushed regularly.
It is important while this breed is in its growth stage (puppy to 18 months) to give them regular exercise and long walks while also protecting their forming joints. This means no jogging or biking. Free exercise in a fenced yard or dog park is ideal and means the pup stops when they are tired. Upon maturity, the Irish Setter is an ideal walking, hiking and biking companion. Their high spirits can make it difficult to train them for long periods. Short, positive training sessions are best for these upbeat, sensitive dogs.
Irish Setter &HEALTH
Like all breeds there may be some health issues, like hip dysplasia and eye disease. Some dogs may be faced with these health challenges in their lives, but the majority of Irish Setters are healthy dogs. With proper veterinary visits that include all needed inoculations and heartworm preventative, you should enjoy a lifetime of pleasure and health with your Irish. Flea and tick preventatives are important on this coated breed and you should check their skin for ticks hiding after a good day of walking or hunting. If your dog’s patterns start to change (lethargy, food intake etc.) that is usually an indication that a vet visit is needed.
The Irish loves to be included in anything the family is doing and he thrives on the family relationship which contributes to his overall mental and physical health. Working with a responsible breeder, those wishing to own a Irish Setter can gain the education they need to know about specific health concerns within the breed. Good breeders utilize genetic testing of their breeding stock to reduce the likelihood of disease in their puppies.