The Irish Setter became popular in the 18th century throughout Ireland and the British Isles. It developed from a mix of Irish Water Spaniel, Irish Terrier, English Setter, Spaniel, Pointer, and a dash of Gordon Setter.
A rollicking breed, the Irish Setter is high energy and requires regular exercise. His outgoing, stable personality makes him a favorite with families. Their long, glossy red coats, although beautiful, must be groomed regularly to prevent snarls or mats.