Irish Dobe Setter

55-80 lbs
Unknown/ recent
Irish Setter
Doberman Pinscher

The Irish Dobe Setter is a designer dog, an intentional crossbreed between the happy-go-lucky Irish Gun dog, the Irish Setter, and the Doberman Pinscher, an unmatched personal protection dog from Germany. The Irish Dobe Setter should ideally be a canine that is somewhat more focused and serious than the Irish Setter and has less chance of developing overprotectiveness or dominant behavior than the Doberman Pinscher lines. This dog does require a great deal of exercise on a daily basis in order to expend energy and maintain their athletic physique, as well as regular brushing to control their persistent shedding, and is not well-suited for apartment living.

purpose Purpose
Guard dog, gun dog, personal protection animal, family companion
history Date of Origin
ancestry Ancestry
Irish Setter and Doberman Pinscher

Irish Dobe Setter Health

Average Size
Male Irish Dobe Setter size stats
Height: 26-28 inches Weight: 65-90 lbs
Female Irish Dobe Setter size stats
Height: 24-26 inches Weight: 55-80 lbs
Major Concerns
  • Osteosarcoma
  • Bloat
  • Heart Disorders and Disease
Minor Concerns
  • Hip Dysplasia
  • Hypothyroidism
  • Wobbler's Syndrome
Occasional Diagnoses
  • vonWillebrand’s Disease
  • Color Dilution Alopecia
  • Narcolepsy
Occasional Tests
  • X-Rays
  • Biopsy
  • Electrocardiogram
  • Thyroid Testing

Irish Dobe Setter Breed History

The Irish Setter was developed at some point in the 1700s in Ireland as a field hunting dog and by the early 1800s, the breed was popular not just in Ireland, but also throughout the British Isles. Unfortunately, records of this canine’s early development are non-existent, although most experts believe that they are an ancestor of breeds such as the Irish Water Spaniel, the Gordon Setter, and the Irish Terrier. The earliest Irish Setters were bred to be able to search out birds then hold their position so they didn’t enter the line of fire and they were frequently either red and white or yellow and white, but in the mid-1800s the deep red color that we are familiar with today became the ideal. They were imported into the United States as hunting dogs that specialized in gamebirds around the mid-1800s as well and were recognized by the American Kennel Club in 1878. The Doberman Pinscher breed is a fairly new breed as well, originating in Germany at some point in the 1890s. The founder of this breed was a man by the name of Karl Friedrich Louis Dobermann, a dogcatcher and tax collector by trade. He was looking for the perfect personal protection dog to accompany him on his rounds; one that was intelligent, loyal, and brave, with a naturally protective instinct and a reliable nature. Although Mr. Dobermann did keep records of which dogs he used the records were not particularly clear and some of the dogs he used were of indeterminate breed. Some of the breeds that are believed to have been utilized to develop the Doberman include the German Pinscher, Black & Tan Terriers and Hounds, Beauceron dogs, and a breed known as the Thueringen breed. Since their inception, these dogs have provided exemplary service as soldiers, guard dogs, and police dogs and have often given their lives for the safety of others. There is a softer side to these dedicated and courageous canines, however, and they can gentle, loving, and affectionate, loyal and steadfast companions for those that they love. 

Irish Dobe Setter Breed Appearance

The Irish Dobe Setter is a fairly tall dog, standing around two feet tall at the shoulder, with long, straight legs and a fairly square shape, although this hybrid may occasionally be slightly longer than tall. Their heads are generally fairly long and elegant with a long muzzle that can be either straight and square or slightly tapered with a black or brown nose. They have almond-shaped eyes in varying shades of brown, although the placement and shape of the ears may vary somewhat as the Doberman Pinscher has ears that are set high up on their head and, if uncropped, fold forward and hang down to the level of their jaw while the ears of the Irish Setter are placed below the level of the eye and hang close to the head, almost long enough to reach their nose. The coats of the two breeds are quite different as well, and the Irish Dobe Setter may inherit any of the traits from either the short, hard single-layer coat of the Doberman Pinscher or the Irish Setter’s coat, which consists of a soft, dense undercoat cover by a layer of flat, medium length fur with silky feathering located on the belly, ears, legs, and tail.

Eye Color Possibilities
brown Irish Dobe Setter eyes
Nose Color Possibilities
black Irish Dobe Setter nose
brown Irish Dobe Setter nose
Coat Color Possibilities
black Irish Dobe Setter coat
blue Irish Dobe Setter coat
fawn Irish Dobe Setter coat
red Irish Dobe Setter coat
Coat Length
Short Medium Long
Coat Density
coat density
Sparse Normal Dense
Coat Texture
coat texture
Irish Dobe Setter straight coat texture
Straight Wiry Wavy Curly Corded

Irish Dobe Setter Breed Maintenance

This hybrid does not have a strong doggy order and should only require bathing a few times throughout the year, however, they do require brushing several times a week. If your dog has a short hard coat, similar to the Doberman Pinscher breed, effective brushing can be done in just a short amount of time with a slicker brush or grooming glove; this will help to remove loose or shed hairs and will help to stimulate the skin underneath, improving the animal’s circulation. Dogs with the longer, silkier fur of the Irish Setter will require a little more time for brushing to ensure that there are no tangles or mats forming and a metal rake is a more appropriate tool for this type of coat. Longer coats may also require clipping on occasion to keep them healthy and tidy; this can be done either by yourself or by a professional groomer.

Brushes for Irish Dobe Setter
Slicker Brush
Slicker Brush
Nail Clipper
Nail Clipper
Brushing Frequency
fur daily fur weekly fur monthly
Irish Dobe Setter requires weekly brushing
Daily Weekly Monthly

Irish Dobe Setter Temperament

There can be quite a bit of temperamental variation for this particular crossbreed. The Doberman Pinscher, in general, is a fairly reserved and dignified breed that can occasionally play the clown, while the Irish Setter is a demonstrative, happy-go-lucky breed that can settle down to business as a gun dog when needed. The Irish Dobe Setter is likely to have a temperament somewhere in between the two, a dog that can be as serious as they can be clownish. They are generally amicable towards children, although this dog may be a little too energetic or rambunctious for the smallest of children and the Doberman Pinscher genetics may occasionally induce overprotectiveness in this canine, although their behavior with other animals can differ from one dog to another and they may get along easily with other animals, or they may chase them; no matter which individual personality this dog is born with, early and thorough socialization is a must for these dogs to help avoid or mitigate negative traits that can crop up from time to time, such as timidity, distractibility, and possibly even inappropriate aggression. This canine is a combination of two highly trainable breeds, although harsh training techniques are generally counterproductive for both the Irish Setter and the Doberman Pinscher, and the Irish Setter can become bored if the training is too repetitive.

Irish Dobe Setter Activity Requirements

Both of the parent dog breeds require a large amount of vigorous exercise each day to remain at their happiest and healthiest and so does the Irish Dobe Setter. Although a long walk or jog with their owner is always appreciated, this dog has a number of alternate activities that they may enjoy that can help to expend their excess energy, such as rally, agility training, and tracking activities. The Irish Dobe Setter is not particularly well-suited to apartment living due to their size, activity levels, and somewhat vocal nature, and will be happiest in a larger home with plenty of land or a fenced in yard.

Activity Level
low activity medium activity high activity
Low Medium High
Rec. Walk Mileage Per Week
12 miles
walk mileage
Minutes of Activity Per Day
120 minutes
activity minutes

Irish Dobe Setter Food Consumption

Cups Per Day
3 cups
cup per day cost cup per day cost cup per day cost
Daily Cost
$1.20 - $1.40
food bowls daily cost
Monthly Cost
$34.00 - $45.00
food bag monthly cost

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