The Irish Setter, also known as the Red Dog from Erin, the Red Dog, the Irish Red Setter, the Modder Rhu (Gaelic), the Red Spaniel or simply the Red Setter, is an impressive breed best known for its hunting skills, flashy style, powerful movement and clownish personality. The Irish Setter has been described as being perhaps the most glamorous and unforgettable of all modern dog breeds. It was recognized by the American Kennel Club in 1878, as part of the Sporting Group. The Irish Setter Club of America was founded in 1891 and is one of the oldest breed clubs in the country.
The average male Irish Setter stands about 27 inches at the shoulder and weighs about 70 pounds. Females typically are 25 inches tall and approximately 60 pounds. There is no size requirement or disqualification in the American breed standard. The Irish Setter’s coat is short and fine on head and forelegs and moderately long and flat elsewhere. There should be long, silky feathering on the ears, back of the legs, under the belly and brisket and on the tail, preferably with no sign of waviness or curl. The coat should be mahogany or a rich chestnut red, with no black. A small amount of white on chest, throat or toes is not penalized, but not preferred.