The Irish Setter is one hunting’s most recognizable canine mascots. Their flashy red coat and gallant, sporting style distinguishes them in and out of the field. They are known for their stable temperament and clownish antics, as well as their superior “setting” abilities. They first became popular throughout Ireland and the British Isles during the 1800th century. They were originally red and white in color but solid mahogany red came to represent superior quality and hunting aptitude in the 1900th century and therefore came to be the coat color of choice. Before firearms were used in hunting, the Irish Setter was used to “set” game by crouching nearby the hiding fowl. The hunters could then approach and throw a net over dog and bird. With the advent of guns, they adapted into a dog that flushed game upward into the hunters’ shooting range. This playful, energetic breed is a great family dog but requires daily exercise to satisfy their athletic needs as well as regular brushing to keep their long silky coat free of debris and tangles.
Each AKC approved purebred breed has its own national club. The mission of these “parent breed clubs” is to improve and preserve a particular breed by advancing knowledge about its history, its health, and care requirements. They also work to assure that the breed’s form and function remain true to its historical physical type and character: A Dalmatian, for instance, should be athletic and have a natural affinity for working with horses. A Fox Terrier should have the right body size and shape, and a drive to go after vermin.
Pet owners, breeders, trainers, veterinarians, and others with a special love for a breed become members of the parent breed club to meet like-minded enthusiasts and to support the club’s mission. The nation’s top breed experts are members of the parent club.
The national parent breed club is the first and best place to go to learn about a breed or find a knowledgeable, experienced breeder.