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The Irish Setter has it all: beauty, brains, and brawn. These stunning redheads are showstoppers wherever they go, but there is so much more to them than looks. Irish Setter lovers know the breed as rollicking, fun-loving, and athletic companions, bursting with energy and a good bit of mischief. If you think this is merely a pretty face, here are some other winning qualities of the Irish Setter.

Bred in the 18th century for hunting, pointing, and retrieving, the Irish Setter takes to the field with enthusiasm and great skill. He's a superb bird dog, with a strong hunting instinct and nose.

He's a tireless and loyal companion in the field.


The breed has an unfair reputation for being difficult to train. In truth, they're extremely smart. Smarter, sometimes, than their owners! And they do have a fondness for mischief. Training calls for patience and consistency. They're at their best with short training sessions, combined with lots of exercise and playtime.

Irish Setters are known for retaining any task they've learned. With patience, you can teach them almost anything.

With their athleticism, energy, and intelligence, they also excel at dog sports like rally and agility.

Did you know that Irish Setters love the water?


A photo posted by Jukka Rapatti (@raulirapo) on Aug 17, 2016 at 5:08am PDT

Dock diving is an excellent way to channel all their energy.


A photo posted by Beth Crocker (@crockerae) on Jan 12, 2016 at 10:57am PST


Irish Setters are slow to mature, and they retain their puppy-like enthusiasm, mischievousness, and merry personality well into adulthood.


Exercise is essential for this energetic breed. If he's bored, he may find less-than-amusing ways to entertain himself.

Irish Setters are among the most popular family pets and for good reason: they're affectionate, sweet, and outgoing. With their rollicking enthusiasm, they make excellent playmates for children, and their love for the family is unbounded. Even in quieter moments, this breed is right by your side.

From his adorable puppyhood . . .


A photo posted by Kirsten (@irish_setter_sixpack) on Aug 14, 2016 at 12:16pm PDT

. . . through his adult life, there's no better example of true love.


A photo posted by Camilla Strüwing (@struwing) on Aug 16, 2016 at 10:32am PDT
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