Dog Breed Group: Gun Dog
Life Span: 12-13 years
Weight: Male: 27-32, Female: 27-31
Height: Male: 24-27, Female: 22-25
Origin of Name: The Irish Setter is a setter, a breed of gundog, and family dog
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A setter is a type of dog bred to detect gamebirds using their keen sense of smell. A hunter is found by ""setting"" the setter down on his stomach. Before the invention of firearms, residents worked closely with trained hawks and hunters using nets. Today, the settlers are goons, meaning they work with a hunter to wield a rifle.
The Irish Huntman of the 1800s raised his sleek, rangy ""red setters"" to be independent and fast-forward, preferable to covering ground in the wide, flat countryside of the Emerald Isle. In contrast, Gordon Setter, the kinsman of Scotland's Irish setter, was created to flush and reclaim the game on the rocky side, which punishes the terrain and is therefore a heavier dog that moves at a more deliberate pace.
The Irish setter earned a reputation as an energetic but skilled worker in the bird fields, and thanks to its fine looks and graceful gait, the show has been a big winner in the ring since the game's inception in the 1870s. XI Irish have won the Sporting Group competition at the Westminster Kennel Club Show in previous years. However, the title character of Jim Cogelgaard's 1945 novel ""Big Red"" was the most famous Irish setter of all time. President Richard Nixon's Irish setter, King Timahoe, was named for a small town in Ireland that was the homeland of the president's ancestors.