Irish Red Setter, Modder Rhu, Red Setter
The Irish Setter is one of several setter breeds. These dogs were developed to 'set', once they have located game birds, they until given further instruction by their hunter. Before the invention of gunpowder this allowed for the prey to be captured by nets, where in more modern times they would be flushed toward the waiting guns. Today, with less demand for hunting and the more refined all-purpose gundogs, most setters are kept as companions or show dogs.
Irish Setter Standards
- 60-70 lbs
- large gundog
- ears are set well back and lie close to the head
- moderate length tail, does not reach hock
- soft, straight coat with feathering
- rich chestnut red
History of the Irish Setter
The Irish Red Setter was developed in Ireland and is known in Gaelic as Modder Rhu. Their history coincides with the Irish Red and White Setter until the 19th century when this red version started to gain attention in the show-ring. Unfortunately, at this time some breeders sough to ‘improve’ the breed by adding Borzoi blood to give them a rangier, lankier appearance. The objection from traditionalists put an end to the crosses, but the slight change in appearance of show dogs remained.