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Irish Setter

Also referred to as Red Setters

Find some great facts about this breed. Learn about the average
height & weight, the typical colorings & temperaments, plus information
about their activity level, age expectancy, typical health concerns & more!

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Irish Setter

All About Irish Setter

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Average Height & Weight

The Havanese is considered a LARGE dog based on the average height and weight.


Males – Height: 27 inches.

Weight: 70 pounds.

Females – Height: 25 inches.

Weight: 60 pounds.

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Irish Setter


Typical Coloring

Irish Setters are commonly chestnut, mahogany and red. They sometimes have white markings.





Irish Setters are the life of the party. Friendly, fun-loving and natural clowns, they enjoy hunting and playing with their families equally. They are enthusiastic about their every pursuit. 





Activity Level

Irish Setters are considered a very high-energy breed that requires a lot of daily activity to stay out of trouble.

They should get at least an hour of vigorous exercise each day, such as running or strenuous games. If they do not burn off their energy, they can become frustrated and destructive.


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Breed Characteristics



Age Expectancy

12 to 14 years

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Known Breed-Related Health Issues

The most common health concerns for Irish Setters include gastric torsion, canine hip dysplasia, and progressive retinal atrophy. Epilepsy, megaesophagus, panosteitis and hypertrophic osteodystrophy are less common but still occur within the breed, while hemophilia A is seen occasionally.




Ideal Climates for this Breed

Irish Setters have a medium tolerance for hot and cold climates.



Irish Setter


Family Orientation
(good with kids, or other pets?)

Irish Setters make good family pets, but some small children may be scared by their rambunctious natures. They are very friendly toward other dogs and other household pets.





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