Irish Setter

General Characteristics:

The sweet-natured, mischievous Irish Setters were bred to run hard all day long over rough terrain. They have a good attitude for training but, if left neglected, they will wreak havoc! This breed is outgoing and friendly, both with people and other dogs. However they can be a bit too big and burly around small children. Caution must be taken when introducing them to other smaller house pets however, because they are hunters. Socialization and training is a must since some members of this breed can be shy. A fair amount of exercise is required by the Irish Setter to be happy and to be a good family companion. Consistent grooming is also required. They are moderate shedders. 

Avg. Weight Male:
32 kg
Avg. Weight Female:
27 kg
Average Lifespan:
12 - 15 years

Genetic Predisposition:

A genetic predisposition means that an individual may have a tendency to develop certain diseases as a consequence of inherited defects in the genes. Although some disorders occur because of spontaneous mutation of genes, many genetic disorders are inherited. These conditions are seen quite often in canines, mostly but not exclusively, in purebreds. Having said that, this breed has an increased risk for the following conditions which may or may not manifest:

Joint Problems Acral Lick Dermatitis Atopic Dermatitis Bloat Gluten Intolerance Hypothyroidism Epilepsy Seborrhea

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