This breed first appeared in Ireland in early 18th century. The popularity of the dog
increased dramatically through the various dog shows in late 18th and early 19th century.
In mid 1900's the breed was imported into North America. Throughout the period the emphasis
on the dogs was moved from a hunter dog to a more of a show dog.
Generally Irish setters stand about 27" high and weigh about 60-70 pounds. They are covered
with chestnut or mahogany coat(that is, they are very,very dark red). Extremely friendly, but very
quick to get out
of control if their energy is not contained and otherwise directed. In general very happy, gentle and loveable