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What is an Irish Setter?

Irish Setter traits

Red Dog, Mad Irishman
Sporting
25-26 inches
48-88 pounds
12-15 years
Irish Setter characteristics
Lifespan
5 yrs 20 yrs
Grooming needs
Occasionally Frequently
Good with kids
Needs lots of supervision Ready to play
Good with cats
Likely to chase Hey, new pal!
Training aptitude
Headstrong Eager to please
Full-grown size
Teeny tiny Super size
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KRAMER

English Setter

Male, 2 yrs 3 mos
Beverly Hills, CA
Size
(when grown) Med. 26-60 lbs (12-27 kg)
Details
Good with kids, Good with dogs, Not good with cats, House-trained, Spayed or Neutered, Shots are up-to-date,
Story
Kramer is a 2-year-old English Setter male weighing 55 pounds. He is a very sweet, friendly, cuddly and loving dog. Being young and active, he needs an active home with daily activities like walks, hikes or dog park visits. He loves playing with other dogs, so a home with another playful dog would be great or an owner who likes to go to dog parks. Kramer also loves spending time in the yard, chasing birds and squirrels. He lives in a foster home with small- and large-dogs and does well with all of them. He tries to initiate play with the small dogs, but his foster-friends are slightly older and can’t keep up with him. Handsome Kramer much enjoys going for walks but pulls a bit on the leash, so he will need some leash training with his future owner. He is active and playful during the day and pretty calm in the evenings: after dark, he just lies down and sleeps. Kramer is housebroken, knows how to use a doggie door to go in and out all day. In addition, he is great with visitors and has no guarding issues around food or toys. Overall, Kramer is a wonderful dog that just needs an active home. A house with a yard would be perfect for him, so he can run, play, and chase birds. However, he is obsessed with cats, so a cat-free home will be best for him. Kramer is a courtesy post and was rescued from overseas by Rovers Retreat Rescue organization. He is located in Los Angeles. For questions on Kramer please email us at: angelsbarkdogrescue@gmail.com If interested in him please submit an application on our website: www.angelsbarkrescue.org
We'll also keep you updated on Butch's adoption status with email updates.
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Butch

American Bulldog Labrador Retriever

Male, 1 yr 11 mos
West Hollywood, CA
Size
(when grown) Small 25 lbs (11 kg) or less
Details
Spayed or Neutered, Shots are up-to-date,
Story
Fun loving mix! Lots of energy and spirit - He is ready to bring joy into your world! ##1819363##
We'll also keep you updated on Benjamin's adoption status with email updates.
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Benjamin

Beagle

Male, 2 yrs 6 mos
West Hollywood, CA
Size
(when grown) Small 25 lbs (11 kg) or less
Details
Good with kids, Good with dogs, House-trained, Spayed or Neutered, Shots are up-to-date,
Story
Benjamin has been through so much he was dumped at a high kill shelter then to a vet for care then was adopted and because he lunged at a person on a scooter the owners felt he was a liability. The truth Benjamin is a sweet smart amazing dog who can be a little territorial of his family in the house. He is small and very controllable. He is a sweet loving dog and deserves a good home who wants to do a little training and he will be fine. To adopt go to Eloiserescue.org located in West Hollywood, ca no out of state adoptions.
We'll also keep you updated on Lucky's adoption status with email updates.
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Lucky

Labrador Retriever Catahoula Leopard Dog

Male, 2 yrs 2 mos
West Hollywood, CA
Size
(when grown) Large 61-100 lbs (28-45 kg)
Details
Good with kids, Good with dogs, House-trained, Spayed or Neutered, Shots are up-to-date,
Story
Lucky is great with other dogs, and is easily trainable!  He will be a great addition to any home. ##1753166##
We'll also keep you updated on Tucker's adoption status with email updates.
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Tucker

Golden Retriever

Male, 5 yrs 4 mos
West Hollywood, CA
Size
(when grown) Large 61-100 lbs (28-45 kg)
Details
Good with dogs, Spayed or Neutered, Shots are up-to-date,
Story
  Tucker is safe and currently being cared for at our base in China. Once we find a suitable adopter, we will make his freedom flight arrangements. Please be sure to fill out an application if you are interested! We are looking forward to hearing from you. ##1792382##
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Zena

Golden Retriever

Female, 6 yrs 6 mos
West Hollywood, CA
Size
(when grown) -
Details
Spayed or Neutered, Shots are up-to-date,
Story
Zena is safe and currently being cared for at our base in China. Once we find a suitable adopter, we will make her freedom flight arrangements. Please be sure to fill out an application if you are interested! We are looking forward to hearing from you. ##1792385##
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Frequently asked questions

Irish Setter Basics

Learn about about Irish Setter basics like where Irish Setter come from, how many different types of Irish Setter you can find, and what other breeds mix with Irish Setter.

Irish Setters typically live between 12 to 15 years. However, with any dog breed, individual lifespans can vary based on genetics, overall health, diet, exercise, and quality of care provided throughout their lives. With proper care, attention, and regular veterinary check-ups, Irish Setters can live long and healthy lives.

Irish Setters were originally bred for bird hunting. Hunters specifically trained them to locate game birds such as grouse, pheasant, and partridge. Their keen sense of smell, agility, and stamina made them excellent hunting companions. Their red coat also made them easy to spot in the field. While they’re still used for hunting today, Irish Setters are also beloved as family pets because of their friendly nature.

Irish Setters hail from Ireland, as their breed name suggests. They have a long history in their homeland, and their ancestry can be traced back to several other breeds, including the Irish Water Spaniel, Irish Terrier, Pointer, and Gordon Setter.

Officially, there is one type of Irish Setter with an established breed standard for coat color, build, temperament, and gait. You may notice some informal variations in individual dogs depending on whether they come from a hunting or show line. 


A closely related breed is the Irish Red and White Setter, whose predominantly white coat with deep red patches contrasts with the Irish Setter’s entirely chestnut to mahogany-colored coat.

Breeds that are commonly mixed with Irish Setters include Poodles, Golden Retrievers, and Labradors. Characteristics of an Irish Setter mix can vary widely depending on the specific breeds involved, the individual dog’s genetics, and its upbringing. A few common Irish Setter mixes include:


  • Irish Doodle (Irish Setter + Poodle)

  • Golden Irish (Irish Setter + Golden Retriever)

  • Irish Setter / Labrador Mix (Irish Setter + Labrador)

  • Irish Setter / Border Collie Mix (Irish Setter + Border Collie)

  • Irish Setter / German Shepherd Mix (Irish Setter + German Shepherd)


Irish Setters stop growing between 12 and 18 months of age. They may also continue to fill out until they are about two to three years old. You can help support the healthy development of your Irish Setter by providing them with proper nutrition, exercise, and vet care throughout their life.

Yes, a Red Setter is another name for an Irish Setter. The breed is officially recognized as the Irish Setter, but some folks refer to them as Red Setters if they were bred as field or hunting dogs rather than show dogs. So, when you hear someone mention a Red Setter, they are most likely talking about an Irish Setter.

Irish Setter Appearance

Learn about about the Irish Setter general appearance like their size, colors, and grooming needs.

When fully grown, Irish Setter males are 27 inches tall at the shoulder, while females should measure slightly shorter at 25 inches. Male Irish Setters can weigh between 65 and 75 pounds, while females weigh between 55 and 65 pounds. Of course, individual dogs may vary in size, but these ranges give a good idea of the typical size of an Irish Setter.

Irish Setters have a rich, solid red coat, which can range from a deep mahogany to a lighter chestnut shade. This red coat is the hallmark of the breed and gives them their distinctive appearance. Some Irish Setters may have small patches of white on their chest, paws, throat, or head, but solid red is the preferred and most recognized color for the breed.

Yes, Irish Setters shed throughout the year, but only moderately, and they have modest grooming needs. Grooming an Irish Setter is pretty straightforward. Their coat consists of fine, silky hair, and grooming can help manage shedding by removing loose hair and preventing mats and tangles. Brushing your Irish Setter’s coat at least twice a week can help minimize loose hair around your home and keep their coat healthy and shiny.

You should not shave an Irish Setter unless there’s a specific medical reason to do so. Here’s why:


  1. Sunburn and Skin Issues: Irish Setters have a double-layered coat that provides insulation from both heat and cold. Shaving them removes this natural protection and puts them at risk of sunburn and skin irritation.

  2. Coat Regrowth: Once shaved, an Irish Setter’s coat may not grow back properly. It could come in unevenly or lose its natural texture and color.

  3. Temperature Regulation: Dogs regulate their body temperature through panting and their coat. Shaving an Irish Setter can interfere with this natural cooling ability, potentially leading to overheating.


If you’re concerned about shedding or coat maintenance, consistent grooming and brushing are much better options. Consult with a professional groomer or vet before making any decisions about shaving your dog so they can give advice based on your pet’s specific needs.

Yes, it’s common for Irish Setter coats to darken as they age. When Irish Setters are puppies, their coats are often lighter in color, and as they reach adulthood, the coat deepens in hue, becoming richer and darker. This darkening process can continue gradually over the first few years of their life. The extent of darkening can vary from dog to dog, but it’s a natural part of the breed’s development.

Irish Setter Temperament

Learn about about the Irish Setter temperament and how well they fit into your lifestyle, home environment, and family.

No, Irish Setters aren’t excessive barkers, but they may bark in certain situations, such as when they’re excited, bored, frustrated, or alarmed. Friendly and sociable, they may also vocalize to greet people or other animals. Consistent enrichment, exercise, rest, and reward-based training can help keep barking to a minimum.

Yes, Irish Setters can be great with kids. They are known for their friendly, outgoing, and affectionate nature, which often makes them great canine companions for families with kids. Irish Setters are usually patient and tolerant, and they enjoy bonding closely with their family. 


As with any dog breed, it’s essential to supervise interactions between Irish Setters and young children to ensure both the dog and the child are comfortable and safe. Proper socialization and gentle training from an early age can help ensure a positive relationship.