Irish Setter vs English Setter

Breed Snapshot

Life Expectancy:
12 to 15 years
Size:

Large

Maintenance Level:

High

Shed Level:

Medium

Best For

Irish Setters are best for pet parents with an active lifestyle and a home with a large yard. They like being kept busy and are great with kids and other animals.

Irish Setter Temperament

The Irish Setter breed is known for being energetic and friendly. You’d be hard-pressed to find an Irish Setter who’s shy and withdrawn or one who’s aggressive and hostile. (Hurray! If you’re the positive and outgoing type yourself, you just found your match!) This breed is...

The Irish Setter breed is known for being energetic and friendly. You’d be hard-pressed to find an Irish Setter who’s shy and withdrawn or one who’s aggressive and hostile. (Hurray! If you’re the positive and outgoing type yourself, you just found your match!) This breed is happy-go-lucky, ready to romp with your kids in the backyard or keep you company in the house. The Irish Setter wants to be by your side at all times. Their gentle, loving and playful personality makes them a great fit for families. Because of these traits, they’re also wonderful therapy dogs who can brighten up a hospital room or nursing home.

Irish Setters love children, and their goofy nature will keep your kids entertained. These fiery redheads are also very comfortable with strangers (hello, life of the party!) and good with other pets, especially other dogs or cats. Just be careful with pet birds—since Irish Setters were bred to hunt birds, their prey drive might get them in trouble.

Affectionate, playful and devoted are some of their main characteristics. But Irish Setter dogs also have a mischievous streak: they’re fun-loving and curious, and definitely not above getting into a little trouble! The breed is slow to mature, meaning their playful puppy personality stays around a little longer than most dogs. At the end of the day, though, an Irish Setter’s temperament is sweet and loving—and their desire to please their pup parent is one of the best qualities Irish Setters possess.

Irish Setter Traits

Friendliness
Exercise Needs
Health Issues
Barking Tendencies
Grooming Needs
Shedding Level
Training Needs
Good With Kids
Good With Cats
Good As A Service Dog
Good For Apartments & Small Homes
Biting Tendencies
Energy Level
Good With Other Dogs
Playfulness
Sensitive to Cold Weather
Sensitive to Warm Weather
Good For First Time Pet Parents

Breed Snapshot

Life Expectancy:
12 years
Size:

Medium

Maintenance Level:

High

Shed Level:

Medium

Best For

English Setters are best for pup parents and families with bustling homes, but you don't need to be the super-active type. They do well with kids and other dogs and are a great choice for...

English Setters are best for pup parents and families with bustling homes, but you don't need to be the super-active type. They do well with kids and other dogs and are a great choice for first-time pup parents and people with allergies.

English Setter Temperament

English Setters are happy-go-lucky pups who are gentle and affectionate and great with kids; they think everyone they meet is their best friend. These guys will be your biggest fan, so make sure to invest in a comfy dog bed and put in the center of the action as they’re happiest whe...

English Setters are happy-go-lucky pups who are gentle and affectionate and great with kids; they think everyone they meet is their best friend. These guys will be your biggest fan, so make sure to invest in a comfy dog bed and put in the center of the action as they’re happiest when surrounded by the love and laughter of their people, both day and night.

These pups are great playmates for kids, and they’re more than happy to join other dogs in the home. While they’re born hunters, they can get along with cats as long as they’re raised with them from puppyhood. But plan on them chasing smaller pets, like rabbits and hamsters.

English Setters are alert and protective and make great watchdogs. They won’t hesitate to sound the alarm when someone unfamiliar approaches, but once settled, they’re just fine—they tend to return to a state of calm pretty quickly too.

English Setter Traits

Friendliness
Exercise Needs
Health Issues
Barking Tendencies
Grooming Needs
Shedding Level
Training Needs
Good With Kids
Good With Cats
Good As A Service Dog
Good For Apartments & Small Homes
Biting Tendencies
Energy Level
Good With Other Dogs
Playfulness
Sensitive to Cold Weather
Sensitive to Warm Weather
Good For First Time Pet Parents
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