Irish Setters

Short history

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.

Short description

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 dog.

When I was living in the Adirondack mountains in upstate New York, I used to go deer hunting with a compound bow. The bad thing was a lot of goofballs from New York City would drive up in their Toyotas and Datsuns to join in the hunt. They brought guns... lots of guns.

One time I was out for six hours withoug a sighting. I decided to try again the next day, so I started back towards my truck. When I was almost to my vehicle, I heard World War Two restart. Guns were blasting left and right. I dropped to the ground until the shooting stopped.

I called out to let them know someone was within shooting distance. A bunch of voices shouted back that they had shot a deer. I was annoyed that they had one within 100 yards of my truck. I yelled out that I was going to the Country Corner Cafe, which was at the end of the dirt road.

I sat drinking coffee, waiting for my steak and eggs to arrive, when a bunch of guys burst in laughing and whooping it up. They sounded like the guys from my hunting spot, so I asked how big the deer was. They said it was a little doe, and it was on their car. I went out to see what they had bagged.

Tied neatly across the fender of their Datsun B210 was a properly dressed... Irish Setter. Not only an Irish Setter, but the hunting dog of someone I knew. It still had a collar on it's neck.

And I used to laugh when the dairy farmers would spray paint the letters C - O - W on their cows with fluorescent orange paint.

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