Irish Setter Breed Maintenance
The beautiful, long and silky coat of this red dog does need daily to weekly brushing to keep it in good condition. The long hair can easily get tangled and form mats. Pay extra attention to the longer areas, such as the ears, tail, and other feathered places, as burrs love to hide in there. Spritzing with water can make brushing and combing easier. Consistent grooming can also help reduce the amount of hair in the house, as this breed does shed an average amount. Clipping and trimming every three to four months will keep the coat from looking frayed. An occasional bath or dry shampoo will keep the coat looking clean and well-groomed. Regularly check and clean any debris out of the Irish Setter’s long and floppy ears, as well as trim the nails and brush the teeth. This breed is highly energetic and requires vigorous daily exercise. Not recommended for apartment life or for sedentary families, the Irish Setter thrives in the country, or with a huge yard where it can run and play often. Without this exercise, this breed can become frustrated which could lead to difficulties in training. These dogs also have a high prey drive, and need to be fenced in or leashed during walks. Ideal as hiking and biking companions, Irish Setters also excel at dog sports, such as field and agility trials.