Wednesday, May 23, 2012
Hunting Dogs: Irish Setter
When I was growing up our family -- well, my Mom really -- had several Irish Setters. They were called...
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Yes, with all of our imaginative powers the first Setter was Red One and the second was Red Two. At least Red was an easy name to learn to spell and remember.
Red was an old fashioned Irish Setter, the kind that still had big bones and some size. In fact, he was slightly over-sized, the biggest pup in his litter. His family came from dual lines with both bench and field champions in his family. He was always destined though to be a very handsome companion and beloved family member. Dad had quit hunting when we moved to the farm so the fact that Red was a natural bird dog was just an interesting fact. It was always fun though to watch Red point a bird, then flush it. He started pointing as a pup and made a great bird dog. We appreciated his talent even if we didn't use it for hunting purposes.
Irish Setters can make really lovely family dogs. They like people and other animals -- some do have some prey drive. Red was very tolerant of all other animals and was a great farm dog but some Setters don't do well with cats. They are often kept because of their beauty and fun loving nature but Irish Setters can still hunt too. They make good upland game bird dogs.
There are Irish Setters who need adopting too - check with Petfinder.com and Irish Setter rescue if you think this is a breed you might like to adopt.