The Irish Setter is an Irish breed of dog. The correct breed name is Irish Red Setter. The FCI (Fédération Cynologique Internationale) has recognized this pedigree dog. He is under standard no. 120, Group 7 – Pointers, Section 2 – British and Irish Pointers, 2.2 – Setters, with the working trial, registered.
History of the Irish Setter
The Irish Setter is a hunting dog and belongs to the category of pointing dogs. Spaniels and pointers were crossed to create the breed. These specimens were referred to as setting dogs. Her trademark was showing game by laying it down. In the 19th century this type of hunting dog was refined (selection). The Gordon Setter, the English Setter, the Irish red and white, and the Irish Setter descend from these dogs. As early as 1874 red and red and white setters were introduced to the Dublin public. Both color variations became known under the term Irish Setter.
The Ulster Irish Red Setter Club had both colors in their breeding program (1876). This changed in 1882 and only the single-colored variant was recognized. The Irish Red Setter Club established the breed standard beginning in 1886. The Irish Setter is an excellent pointer and retriever. In 1998, the Irish Red Setter Club published the usage guidelines for this breed of dog. The combination of appearance and performance is represented by the FCI entry. The VDH and the Irish Setter Club Germany guarantee the continued existence of this graceful breed in Germany.
Essence and Character
You can divide the Irish Setter character into two areas. A busy setter is loving, loyal, and devoted to their family in the home. Due to his friendly nature, he gets along well with children. This sensitive four-legged friend requires close human contact and finds it difficult to be alone. The other side is spirited and independent. He needs a lot of exercises and a job. Daily utilization of the head and body is vital for him. He is intelligent and docile and masters given tasks without any problems.
Getting an Irish Setter
Before getting an Irish Setter you need to ask yourself two questions:
- “Am I sporty enough?”
- “Do I have enough time?”
The arrival of a puppy changes the next 14 years. This hunting dog demands the whole person from the start. In addition, the whole family must agree to this “exhausting” addition. Are you sporty and in love with this special breed of dog, but you don’t dare to train the dog? You can sometimes find a “ready” adult Irish Setter at an animal shelter or animal welfare organization. An Irish Setter mix is also an alternative, although this variant is not as common.
What Do I Need to Pay Attention to When Purchasing?
Buying an Irish Setter is a matter of trust. You can get information about reputable breeders from the VDH (Verband für das Deutsche Hundewesen e. V.). Another option would be to contact the Irish Setter Club in Germany directly. Puppy offers on the Internet are not necessarily to be judged negatively. This medium is also used by serious dog breeders (ads, homepage). In the conversation, you can quickly get an idea of the seriousness. Above all, the little ones are being treated by a veterinarian (deworming, chip, initial vaccinations). The parent animals are HD-free and also provided with all necessary vaccinations. A visit from you is requested by the breeder and the “nursery” including the mother animal is no secret.
Experienced breeders not only want to sell dogs, but they also want to get an idea of the future home. Therefore, you will also be confronted with some questions. The delivery takes place at the earliest after the 8th week, with all documents, the usual feed ration, and with a personal blanket. The purchase price starts at around € 1,000.00 and can vary upwards. Also, there is a difference between the pure hunt line and the show line. In show breeding, even more, attention is paid to appearance and the hunting instinct is neglected. That doesn’t mean he doesn’t have a hunting instinct. The passion for hunting is slightly toned down.
Puppy Development and Training
Irish Setter puppies have two characteristics that pose major problems for a novice dog owner. One would be the passion for hunting that he was born with and a great deal of stubbornness. Both criteria are insurmountable hurdles for a beginner. You should definitely already have some dog experience.
This sensitive dog breed requires consistent training with a “shot” of empathy. With clear guidance (without harshness!) and species-appropriate employment, you will receive a faithful companion. The bond between you is important from an early age. When it comes to training, you should definitely have the help of dog trainers. When looking for the right dog school, experience with setters is an important point.