Today we will look at 10 interesting facts
about Irish Setters you need to know!
Irish or Red Setters have been some of the best
family dogs around for many years and are becoming Increasingly popular. You may well have heard
the saying that 'blondes have more fun, but Irish Setters are here to shatter those stereotypes.
These Rambunctious, intelligent, and loyal dogs Are dashing redheads with a well-earned reputation
for being wonderful family dogs. They are famously Well-tempered and make great, loyal companions for
adults as well as being brilliant hunting dogs and Are even gentle and energetic enough to become
fantastic playmates for children, too. 'Now, onto the facts about these dogs that
will surely leave you amazed!
Fact number 1: They are purposeful pups!
The Irish setter is a type of dog bred to Uncover game birds by using their keen sense of
smell. These dogs show a hunter they have found Birds by "setting" down on their belly. Before
the invention of firearms, setters worked in Tandem with trained falcons and hunters using
nets. Today, setters are gundogs, by which we Mean they work with a hunter toting a rifle.
Irish huntsmen of the 1800s bred the sleek And rangy "Red Setter" to move freely and
swiftly. This made them all the better at Covering more ground in the expansive,
flat countryside of the Emerald Isle.
Since then, the Irish Setter earned a reputation
as an energetic but efficient worker in the bird Fields and, thanks to its eye-catching good looks
and graceful gait, has been a big winner in the Show ring since the sport's beginnings in the
1870s. In fact, 11 Irish Setters have won the Sporting Group competition at the Westminster
Kennel Club show over the years, showing Just how well-bred they are. Fact number 2: They weren't always Red!
Irish setters are probably best known for their
solid red coats with their name in Gaelic being "Madra Rua" translating to "red dog.", but
originally that was only sometimes the case. Because these dogs were initially bred for
hunting, their owners often preferred Irish Setters to be red and white because it was a
color pattern that made the dogs easier to see Against the green and brown of the field. Yet as
the Irish Setters appeared more and more often in Shows rather than on purely for the hunt,
solid-red dogs became more fashionable. While they are now most commonly seen with
glossy red coats, the former breed that features The multicolored coat still exists and is now
known as a Red-And-White Setter.
Fact number 3: They're Mascots
in Ireland and the US!
In the United States, there is the Greyhound Bus
Line, which bears a logo featuring the Greyhound. However, in Ireland, there is 'Bus Eireann,' which
adorns the Irish Setter as its brand mascot.
The company says that it chose the Irish Setter
because they are "friendly, reliable, and fast, Just like the way in which the company aims
to serve its customers." There is certainly No better way to describe the Irish Setter, but
you'll need to take a vacation to Ireland to see
If their buses hold up to that standard. Moreover, several college athletic teams Also go by the nickname Setters. Granted, that
name consists of a number of Setter varieties, Including Irish Setters, English Setters,
Gordon Setters, and Red-And-White Setters. Yet, The Pace university has a pure red
mascot Irish setter called T-Bone That does represent this breed.
Fact number 4: They are slow to grow up!
Several dog breeds tend to experience
what seems like an extended puppyhood, And the Irish Setter is definitely one of them. Although puppies all finish growing at different Rates, an Irish Setter's physical development
typically outpaces their behavioral growth.
Over time, Irish Setters mature into
extraordinarily intelligent dogs that are Always eager to please their owners. Yet similar
to Labrador Retrievers, they also retain their Puppylike demeanor and energy for a bit longer as
they age. They may also maintain stubbornness for A while and so can require plenty of patience
when it comes to training. Regardless it does Make this breed a joy to be around and is one
of the reasons they tend to get along so well With kids. ===
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Fact number 5: There are show and field varieties!
Although the Irish Setter is an individual Dog breed, there is a distinction between
those bred specifically for show and those Bred to work out in the field. The Irish Setters
that compete in dog shows tend to be bigger and Heavier with denser, burnished coats, while
those working as hunting dogs are usually Smaller and leaner for agility on the hunt. The modern hunting Red Setter is also smaller Than its bench-bred cousin. While show
dogs often reach 70 lb, meanwhile the Working Red Setter is generally around 45 lb. The coat is also less silky, and the feathering Is usually shorter. What's more, their coloring
is lighter, with the working dog found in more Natural-looking russet and fawn colors. The Red
Setter often has patches of white on its face and Chest as the Irish Setter of old did. There have
been efforts to rekindle the true type Irish field Abilities by a handful of dedicated breeders
in California and elsewhere with some success. More than a dozen American Kennel Club Dual
Champion Irish Setters have been made, evidence Of the dog's native ability when proper traits
are selectively sought in breeding.
Fact number 6: They have
been White House residents!
Several U.S. Presidents Have Owned Irish Setters
in the past. This means the breed has been at the White House more than any other. At least
three U.S. presidents owned Irish Setters,
Including Harry Truman and Ronald Reagan. One
of the most famous dogs that served in the White House was Richard Nixon's beloved King Timahoe,
or Tim for short. President Nixon Irish named His dog after a small town in Ireland that was the
homeland of the president's ancestors. Fact number 7: They were born
to be tv and film stars!
There's quite a significant number of shows and
films featuring Red Setters. They've appeared all Over the place, including in the series Sherlock,
as well as Madmen, and in the film 'All dogs go To heaven 2. There are even Setters to be seen
in the John Dies at the end series and even Mary Poppins returns. Moreover, their popularity
has gotten them into books and they can be Found in Stephen King's novel The Stand.
Most famously, a red setter was the titular Character in the Disney movie 'Big Red.' This film, made in the '60s, was based on A 1945 novel by American author Jim Kjelgaard.
Disney turned it into a commercially successful Film about a wild-hearted Irish Setter who
rebels against the show-dog lifestyle his Owner wants for him. Big Red befriends a young
boy who understands the dog's independent spirit. The Irish Setters' good looks and trainability
make them very adept for work on movie sets, So don't be surprised if you spot one while
scrolling through streaming services. Fact number 8: They are clever but tricksy!
Irish Setters are well known for their Intelligence, but they're also quite mischievous
and can be fiercely independent. Unsurprisingly, They're brilliant playmates for active older
children, but they can be a bit overwhelming For toddlers, who may find themselves suddenly
bowled over by this rascally and over-eager Redhead. Training Irish Setters requires much
patience and consistency. As we mentioned earlier, This breed is quite slow to mature, so you'll
probably have a full-grown dog with puppylike Enthusiasm and activity levels for several years.
That means you need to be aware they might be Playing the dog equivalent of a prank on you at
any time just for the fun of it. ===
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Fact number 9: They are outstanding hunting dogs!
Developed in Ireland in the 1700s, Irish
Setters were initially bred as ace hunting Dogs in their namesake country, and today
they continue to be popular sporting dogs.
They are strikingly handsome, with feathered,
silky red-chestnut coats and an athletic build With a deep chest and long legs. The breed is
a fast and focused hunter in the field, where They move with grace and a sense of purpose. Irish Setters are smart dogs who love having Work to do at the side of their owners. This breed is well known for its stamina and Can easily spend the entire day in the field.
Irish Setters are also intelligent and eager Students who will learn the beginner and
advanced training quickly, especially when
The lessons are changed up frequently and
are fun, because they can get bored quickly. This breed is a little sensitive and responds
best to patience and positive reinforcement, But they tend to work well with other dogs.
Irish setters are best suited to indicating Where game birds are anywhere from mountains
to bogs, to farmland, and forest.
Fact number 10: They enjoy the
company of celebrities!
We already mentioned that they've been the
companions of presidents, but it doesn't end There. Irish Setters seem to often find themselves
in the company of well-known characters around The world. A dog named Milord was the Tsar
of Russia, Alexander II's favorite dog. Additionally, Shannon was a Setter
belonging to the Beach Boy's Carl Wilson, Whose death became the subject of the
1976 song by his friend, Henry Gross. Moreover, Peggy Brown was a female
Irish setter and the pet of Finnish Air Force Fighter Squadron 24 in World War II.
It is also fascinating to note that the first dog Cesar Millan ever owned was an Irish Setter.
Although he does not consider himself a Professional dog trainer, Cesar Millan
of the TV show "Dog Whisperer" is best Known for his work with people and
dogs to resolve behavioral issues.
His first pet was an Irish Setter. Millan's
neighbor, a doctor who owned an Irish Setter, Gave him a puppy when his dog had a litter. Millan
dubbed his new pet Saluki, and they spent many Years together. His experience with her helped to
educate him on managing dog behavior, so you could Say we have this breed to thank for the show.
All in all, Irish Setters are clearly an Interesting and well-liked breed across the
board, and we think it's very easy to see why!