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Grooming: Irish Setters need to be trimmed occasionally to keep coat looking tidy. The excess hair between pads of feet and under ears also needs to be trimmed (keeps ears ventilated). Periodic brushing is needed to remove moulting hair.
Exercise: Irish Setters demand a lot of exercise and need to have regular, long walks. An ideal way for them to burn energy is running alongside a cycle (once fully grown).
History: The early Irish Setters were all red and white due to their ancestry involving English Setter. Later when enthusiasts wanted to individualize breed they were crossed with black/tan Gordon Setters and some breeders were successful in breeding out most of white. The Red and White variety still remained as many people were only interested in working dogs and not on appearance. The Chestnut Irish Setters became more popular and improved in quality until they gained Kennel Club recognition.
Female Irish Setter's tend to have very large litters and can have up to 16 puppies at a time. When Irish Setters come across an interesting scent they tend to be deaf to their owner's call. Therefore it is important that these dogs are taught from a young age that they must go to their owner when given order.
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