Irish Setter Breed Profile


Irish Setters are affectionate, high spirited, and full of energy. They are impulsive, but lovable. This breed of dog can be high strung. They love to run and exercise. However, if not trained early on, they have a tendency to develop bad habits.

Family/Child Friendly

This breed of dog gets along well with children and other animals. They are responsive, yet sensitive at the same time.

Lifespan and Weight

The average lifespan of this breed of dog is around 15 years. However, with the advancement of veterinary medicine, pets have been known to live up to 20 years and even longer. The average weight for this breed of dog is around 55 to 75 lbs.

Common Diseases

The health problems prone to this breed of dog include, but are not limited to bloat, epilepsy, skin allergies, eye problems, elbow and hip dysplasia, PRA, and ear inflammation. Avoid ear operations, as they tend to make the dogs mean afterwards.

Housebreaking and Shedding

Housebreaking is out of the question for this breed of dog, as they tend to be difficult to train due to their independent nature. They are not recommended for the apartment or condo environment, as they love to exercise. Best Owner has lots of love and attention to give and a large yard to play in. Irish Setters are best suited for a country environment. This breed of dog is an average shedder, requiring a brushing every other day.

Where to Buy

The best places to buy this breed of dog are from reputable breeders, animal shelters, and rescue organizations.

Average Cost

The average cost for this breed of dog is $600 or more each. Routine veterinary care should be included in your cost.

Aggression Factor

Not usually aggressive unless abused or neglected.

Noise Factor

They make lousy watch dogs, as they tend to be friendly with everyone. For the most part they do not know a stranger.

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