As you well know the Irish setter is my favorite breed of dog. They have a keen sense of gentleness and loyalty.
The first record of this magnificent breed dates to 1859 in Great Britain. Since the end of World War 1, breeders have been working (with excellent results) at eliminating a genetic weakness, traceable to a champion named Rheola Bryn, which caused progressive blindness. Around 1930 every Irish Setter had some connection to the disease, which rendered it complety blind by age three. But now the problem is well past, and the Setters combination of excellent sight and a sharp sense of smell results in a most dependable field dog.
The adult Irish Setter stands 21-1/2 to 25 inches high, and its most distinguishing feature is its bright red mahogany coat, with some having small white markings on the chest. The Irish Setter’s gentle temperament and lively personality also make it an ideal domestic pet.