Species group: Sporting Group dogs
Other name(s): Red Setter; Irish Red Setter
The Irish Setter is a highly regarded hunting dog that first appeared in Ireland in the 19th century. With its fine chestnut coat and its superb temperament, this beautiful breed can be a superior choice for the active family that spends a lot of time outdoors. They respond well to training and love to be with their people. The flip side, of course, is that these highly social dogs can become destructive or depressed if you can't spend enough time with them. Although the Irish Setter is known as Madra rua ("red dog" in Gaelic), a white and red variant also exists.
Appearance / health:
Irish Setters are red-colored bird dogs. The head is long and lean. The top of the muzzle and the top of the skull are parallel and of equal length. The skull appears oval when viewed from top. The almond-shaped eyes are of medium size and medium to dark brown in color. The ears are set back and low, not above the level of the eye. The nose is black with wide nostrils. Hanging in a neat fold close to the head, they are almost long enough to reach the tip of the nose. The body is long and the chest is deep.
Irish Setters are average shedders. Their coat needs daily grooming that includes a light brushing and combing to keep it in good shape. Baths are given once or twice a year or when necessary to remove acquired odors.
Irish Red and White Setters require a lot of exercise. Adult dogs require ample to space to run freely. An hour or more of outdoor exercise consisting of running and jogging keeps the dog healthy and happy.
Malignant bone tumors called osteosarcomas affect several breeds of dogs including the Irish Setter. They may also suffer from eye and thyroid problems, seizures, and bloat (fatal accumulation of gases in the intestine). Von Willebrande's disease, a condition marked by unusual bleeding, occurs in Irish Setters.
Behavior / temperament:
Irish Setters are extremely energetic and require good amounts of training, exercise, and socialization. The hunting instinct is strong. Irish Setters love to follow an interesting scent, and hence owners need to fence the yard. When kept alone for long hour with nothing to do, some dogs may exhibit destructive behaviour such as excessive barking. They do not make good guard dogs owing to their friendly nature. Initially, strangers may find them reserved. They are not for people who do not understand them or those who do not have the time to cater to their busy enthusiastic natures.
They are bright and fast learners but are easily distracted. They are fast learners. However, they may take longer to train than other gundogs. Patient and kind training is necessary. Early training and socialization are extremely important to prevent behavioral problems in dogs.
Irish Setters are known to bark to announce the presence of a stranger in their vicinity. Some dogs bark a lot out of boredom.
good watch dog, fun loving dog, great family dog, shiny beautiful coat, high spirited personality
reputable breeder, merry chase, sufficient exercise, puppy stage, tangled knots, excess energy
long walks, emotionally sensitive breed, wide open space, good natured stubbornness
One of a kind
Irish red setter is simply one of a kind. Although all of them are very social, energetic and jouful, personalities still vary a lot. This one that was my first setter and she was ultra feminine, obedient and smooth. She was a bit more independent than setters usually are and she enjoyed being alone sometimes too. She learned everything I teached and would have been amazing in agility or any other fast sport if only I would have been as good and quick learner as her!
And that energy... well what can I say about it. Endless! The more you move with her the more she want's to move. And the only reason for me to say this isn't the right breed for me is the continuous bad concious about not being able to fulfill her endless need of activity and sports.
As she got older she slowed down a bit but her spirit was so strong until her last breathe. She was very healthy, only some minor accidents and other issues not related to her breed.
She was unbelievably kind, almost too kind. Never ever during her 14-years did I ever see her showing any signs of agression towards people. Only her size and her enthusiasm were something to be carefull with. She was also very sensitive. If I had to discipline her, all I had to do was look at her with dissaprovement.
I would recommend Irish Setter to anyone with warm and healthy (!) heart..
From SannaKoo Aug 2 2015 9:05AM
Alleviate the Itchiness Without a Pill
Allergic dermatitis can cause severe itchiness (pruritis) in pets and can be a nuisance for owners. Pruritis can occur for many reasons, however, and it is important to rule out other options before concluding the diagnosis of allergies. The categories of rule outs are skin infections (bacterial, yeast, and dermatophytes), parasites (fleas, mites, lice), and then allergies ( flea allergy dermatitis, food allergy, and canine atopic dermatitis). The pruritic effect of atopic dermatitis is primarily mediated by molecules called cytokines, with the principle cytokine being interleukin- 31 (IL-31). IL-31 binds to receptors on cells which then causes an intracellular cascade of events, leading to pruritis. Cytopoint (lokivetmab) is an antibody that works by binding to IL-31 before it even reaches the receptors on the cells. Cytopoint is very effective and safe for dogs. It is convenient, especially for owners who do not want to “pill” their dog every day as it is an injection that can last for several weeks at a time. It can also be used for dogs under the age of 12 months, unlike a similar medication, Apoquel. It is also a great option for owners that are looking for a “non-drug” option..
From Melodie 167 days ago
Committing to set your dog up for success
Helping your dog to avoid fearful stimuli is simple in theory but can be difficult in practice. How many times has a dog owner with a dog who has a fear of something thought, "just this once, she'll be fine" or "it's only for a minute, I don't have time to avoid this right now"?
Owners must understand that if a dog is fearful of something, that is a real emotion for the animal. The owner might understand that fireworks are harmless or that a small toddler is innocent but for a dog who is afraid, they are simply afraid.
When dogs feel fear, they have the same two options available to all animals: fight or flight. Many, many bites could be avoided if owners understood that the fear their animal feels for a certain stimuli is real and that the animal has one of two options available to them.
Unfortunately, many owners do not take their animals fear seriously until a bite occurs. A dog with wide eyes, who freezes in place, begins to lick their nose, yawns, or lowers their tail/posture are all signs of fear or emotional discomfort that can go unrecognized.
If a toddler or child approaches a dog who begins to lick their nose, avoid eye contact or freeze in place while slowly wagging their tail low they are not ok with being approached by the child. Some days they may be able to handle this if the dog has been mostly free of fear or stress. Somedays the dog may have had too many triggers. (Think of how you feel some days when you didn't get enough sleep, or a mishap occurred at work. When you get home, you may be more likely to snap at your family or have less patience.) The dog doesn't have the ability to remove themselves from the situation- the owner is responsible for that.
Thus, as owners we must respect what our dog is fearful of and do our best to seek out knowledgeable professional help in the way of a behavioral vet or trainer who works with one. Ideally, the dog can overcome the fearful stimuli but in cases where progress is only beginning or the fear is too entrenched it is best to avoid the situations which will cause the dog fear. Dogs always want to please people but it is important to know that they have their own emotions and limitations to how they can react in life.
It is our obligation to return the adoration of our dogs and protect them from fearful stimuli while also working to overcome frightening situations. .
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