1. The Irish Setter originated in Ireland in the 18th century. They were bred for hunting, particularly bird hunting.
  2. They were initially called the “Red Setter” due to their distinctive red coat color. The name was later changed to “Irish Setter” to differentiate them from other types of Setters.
  3. Irish Setters are known for their high energy and playful nature. They make great family pets, but require plenty of exercise and mental stimulation.
  4. They are often referred to as the “clowns” of the dog world due to their silly antics and ability to make their owners laugh.
  5. Irish Setters have a keen sense of smell and are often used as detection dogs for bombs, drugs, and other contraband.
  6. The famous Irish Setter “Big Red” was the first dog to ever appear on a box of dog food. The brand was called “Big Red” in his honor.
  7. Irish Setters are prone to a number of health issues, including hip dysplasia, ear infections, and bloat.
  8. The breed has been featured in a number of films, including the Disney classic “The Ugly Dachshund” and the tearjerker “Marley & Me.”
  9. Irish Setters are incredibly social dogs and thrive on human interaction. They do not do well when left alone for long periods of time.
  10. The world record for the most Irish Setters in one place is held by the Irish Setter Club of America, who gathered 1,246 of the dogs together in 2004.
  11. Irish Setters were once known as “the devil’s dog” due to their tendency to be stubborn and difficult to train. However, with patience and consistency, they can be trained to be excellent companions.
  12. The breed is known for its beautiful, silky red coat. However, this coat requires regular grooming to keep it looking its best.
  13. Irish Setters are very sensitive to their owners’ moods and emotions. They are often described as being “empathetic” dogs.
  14. In the late 1800s, Irish Setters were one of the most popular dog breeds in the world. They fell out of favor in the mid-1900s but have since regained some popularity.
  15. Irish Setters are excellent swimmers and love nothing more than a good game of fetch in the water.
  16. The breed was first recognized by the American Kennel Club in 1878.
  17. Irish Setters have a long and distinguished history as show dogs, and have won numerous awards at dog shows around the world.
  18. In addition to their hunting and detection abilities, Irish Setters are also used as therapy dogs due to their friendly and outgoing personalities.
  19. Irish Setters have been known to develop a strong bond with their owners and become protective of them.
  20. Famous owners of Irish Setters include former U.S. President Harry S. Truman, who had a dog named Mike, and author James Michener, who had a dog named Rory.