Irish Setters – Top 10 Facts

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.   ===
What's your favorite fact about Irish setters?   Let us know in the comments and share 
your thoughts with other enthusiasts!
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!

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