The Irish Setter was popular in the British Isles and Ireland in the 18th century. He’s a mix of a Pointer, Irish Terrier, Gordon Setter, Spaniel, English Setter and Water Spaniel. He was designed to find birds and then crouch down so his owner could toss a net over the birds. Once guns became used, he pointed but stood upright so his owner could see him better.
He’s an active, alert dog, originally meant to be white and red but his solid red colour dominated by the 19th century. His coat is glossy and long. He’s a powerful dog with lots of energy and a clown-like personality. He needs regular exercise and is popular as a family dog. His coat must be groomed often so mats and snarls don’t occur. He’s 25 – 27 inches in height.