Red Irish Setter at first glance will conquer everyone with its elegant and attractive appearance. Favorite among all the setters. It is assumed that the breed originated by crossing spaniel, pointer and English setter. Although originally bred as hunting dog, they are becoming family dogs and dogs for shows. In the 19th century, when they appeared in Ireland, the proud, aristocratic dogs they were an excellent dog for the exhibition, so in time they were more and more bred for their beautiful appearance and beautiful hair, not for hunting.
Their head is long, slender and dry. Their eye are warm and precious. The ears are long and falling down, the neck is long and muscular. The whole body is muscular, nicely. The movement is very proud, free, and the head is held high. The hair is brown, and little white areas on chest and toes are permitted, although not desirable. The hair is short on the head, front of the legs and on back, but is long to the rear legs, chest, abdomen and tail.
This breed is energetic and diligent during the hunt and excellent to work in the water. In the 19th century, in the bird hunt Irish Setter froze when he felt the vicinity of the bird and showed to the hunter the direction in which the birds are.
They are very temperamental, active, persistent and playful dogs. They need plenty of exercise – every day should be filled with running. They are very gentle, benign, and enjoy the company of humans and other dogs. They can easily learn to co-exist with other species (e.g. cats, birds, etc.). Setters are very intelligent and learn quickly. They are suitable for living in an apartment because rarely lose their hair, but they should be brushed regularly. Show dogs should be given more attention by grooming more often. Their hair on ears, neck and hair between the toes needs to be cut.
They mature only after 2 or 3 years of age and reach their full beauty, but their soul still remains the one of playful puppies. In most cases, they live to a deep old age.