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Irish Red and White Setter
Irlanda FCI 330 . Setter

Setter Irlandés Rojo y Blanco

Irish hunters consider the Irish Red and White Setter higher than Irish Red Setter because of its calmer temperament and because it is less visible in the autumn landscape.

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History

The Irish Setter it was probably well known in the late 17th century. Outside of ireland, little is known about the existence of two varieties of Irish Setter: the Irish Red and White Setter and the Irish Red Setter. It is the red and white variety that preceded the other, and it is a judicious selection that developed the uniform red color.

When the Irish setters were first exhibited shortly after the middle of the 19th century, there was a lot of confusion about its color. At the end of the 19th century, the red variety had outshone the red and white, which became so rare that the breed was thought to have become extinct.

In the Decade of 1920, the breeders tried to revive the breed and in 1944 the breed was sufficiently recovered to form a club. In the news, the breed is enjoying a slight revival, and you can find many Irish Red and White Setter in exhibitions and fields.

The current club, the Labor and Exhibition Society of the Irish Red and White Setter, was founded in 1981. Thanks to your efforts and your line of action, the breed is now well established nationally and internationally.

The Irish Red and White Setter, in competition with other breeds of Pointing Dogs, has been successful in field trials, and currently there are a good number of working and exhibition champions.

Originally all Irish Setter were, mostly, red, or red and white, but around 1880 breeders began to prefer the variety of solid red color and as a result, the race was on verge of extinction.

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Physical characteristics

Exist 2 varieties of Irish Setter, which differ in both their morphology and their behavior in the field.

The Irish Red Setter can be compared to the thoroughbred horse, all steel and tension, no superfluous meat or thick muscles. It must give the impression of extreme speed and everything about it contributes to this: dry fabrics (light but strong skeleton), long and dense muscles, thin and tight skin, without jowl.

The Irish Red and White Setter is similar to the Hunter: very resistant, powerful and robust. The chest is more rounded than the red one and its skin is thicker.

The coat is white with solid red spots.

Height and weight

    ▷ Male size: Of 62 to 66 cm.

    ▷ female size: Of 57 to 61 cm.

    ▷ Male weight: Of 20 to 25 kg

    ▷ female weight: Of 18 to 23 kg

Character and skills

The kind and caring Irish Red and White Setter not only is it a popular hunting dog. Thanks to its excellent ability to smell and its strong natural instincts to point and recover, does double duty as a friend of the family. He likes children and can fit in well in a family with children, with the caveat that he's quite rambunctious, especially when it's a puppy, and should always be supervised when there are young children.

The Irish Red and White Setter is always alert, so it is a good watchdog, but does not have the protective nature of a guard dog. In general, gets along with other dogs and is friendly with cats when raised with them. But keep in mind that it only has a score of 3 in “kindness to cats” on a scale of 1 to 5.

This is an active sporty dog ​​that needs to exercise daily. Take it for a run, to take a long walk, walk him for half an hour twice a day or play ball until his arms ache. All of these activities will help you satisfy your need to be outside doing something.. If you are interested in dog sports, is an excellent candidate for agility, the flyball, obedience, the rally and the crawl. It is nice, friendly and mild-mannered once he's past the puppy stage, and it also has wood to be a good therapy dog ​​to visit facilities such as nursing homes and children's hospitals.

In the countryside, the Irish Red and White Setter work at a moderate pace, without ever straying too far from the hunter. He is full of curiosity and seeks hunting in the field. Choose it if your hunting ground is wooded or near a river or lake (better suited to large open spaces).

With regard to training, the Irish Red and White Setter may be a contradiction. He's kind but headstrong, smart but slow to mature. Train him with a light touch so as not to distort his determination, his courage and his high spirit.

Health

All dogs have the potential to develop genetic health problems, like all people have the potential to inherit diseases. Avoid any breeder that does not offer a health guarantee for the puppies, to tell you that the breed has no known problems or to keep puppies isolated from the main part of the house for health reasons. A reputable breeder will be honest and open about the health problems of the breed and the incidence with which they occur.

The Irish Red and White Setter have health problems that may be cause for concern, especially if the breeder is not carefully examined. Among them are hip dysplasia, eye problems such as cataracts and progressive retinal atrophy, hypothyroidism and an immune disorder called canine leukocyte adhesion deficiency (CLAD). A reputable breeder will be honest and open about health problems in the breed and the incidence with which they occur in their lines..

Do not buy a puppy from a breeder who cannot provide you with written documentation that the parents have been exempted from health issues affecting the breed. Make the dogs are “reviewed by the veterinarian” not a substitute for genetic health testing.

Inform your dog's breeder of any serious illness. If the breeders do not know that a health problem has appeared in their line, cannot take steps to eradicate it.

Grooming

The Irish Red and White Setter has a silky coat that removes dirt easily. Also loose hair, but in a moderate way. The coat should look natural and, except for the bottom of the feet, does not need to be shaved or trimmed.

Brush and comb the coat a couple of times a week - and whenever the dog has been in the field- taking care to gently remove any tangles or kills in the coat. Regular brushing will keep the coat clean, but you will need to bathe the dog from time to time if the white hair starts to get dirty.

The rest is basic care. Trim nails when necessary, usually every one to two weeks. Brush teeth frequently with a vet-approved pet toothpaste for overall good health and fresh breath.

Characteristics "Irish Red and White Setter"

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1 – Irish Red and White Setter during the international dog show in Rzeszów, Poland. by Pleple2000, CC BY-SA 3.0, via Wikimedia Commons
2 – Irish Red and White Setter during the international dog show in Rzeszów, Poland. by by Pleple2000, CC BY-SA 3.0, via Wikimedia Commons
3 – Irish Red and White Setter by Ordinary Guy, CC BY 2.0, via Wikimedia Commons
4 – Merlin in the kitchen by Dekker70, CC BY-SA 4.0, via Wikimedia Commons
5 – Irish Red and White Setter during the international dog show in Rzeszów, Polonia by Pleple2000, CC BY-SA 3.0, via Wikimedia Commons
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Type and recognitions:

  • FCI CLASSIFICATION:
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Federations:

  • FCI – Group 7: Pointing Dogs. – Section 2: British and Irish Pointers and Setters. 2.2: Setter
  • AKCSporting (FSS)
  • ANKC (Gun dogs)
  • CKCGroup 1 – Sporting dogs
  • ​KC – Gun dog
  • NZKCGundog
  • UKCGun dog breeds


FCI breed standard "Irish Red and White Setter"

FCIFCI - Irish Red and White Setter
Setter

Alternative names:

    1. Irish R&W Setter, IRWS/span> (inglés).
    2. Setter irlandais rouge et blanc (francés).
    3. Irischer Rot-Weißer Setter (alemán).
    4. (em inglês: Irish Red and White Setter) (portugués).
    5. IRWS (español).

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Lurcher
Inglaterra Irlanda Not recognized by the FCI

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History

The Lurcher is a dog Hound of English origin whose name derives from “lur” that means thief in Gypsy language. Always it has been acknowledged as the dog of the poachers so occasionally is called Poacher’s Dog (dog of fugitive).

As a result of its appearance (hairy and scruffy) It is not admitted in competitions but for many it is a dog to enhance. In general, it can be said that the Lurcher is a cross between a Sighthound and working dog, What gives rise to many opportunities: English Greyhound and Golden Retriever; Whippet and Border Collie.

Physical characteristics

The Lurcher It is a hybrid dog similar to a Greyhound with short fur, medium long or long or straight hair in all colors.

The type of layer will be variable and will depend on the crosses made. Then, the types of fur can be: short and smooth like the Sighthounds, a bit long and thick as of the Boxer, or rough and hard as the of the Border Terrier, for example.

Character and skills

In case you want a Lurcher with more features than Sighthound what of working dog it is usually crossed for the second time with a dog Greyhound type. With this you get a dog faster than a working dog, but with the strength of this. The character of Lurcher is derived from the best of its parents and, some, They define it as quiet and affectionate.

The temperament, also variable, It will depend on the influence of ancestors, but as with all dogs, temperament will be modified by the socialization of the puppy and received education.

In general, the objective of the different crossing was to create a hound with more intelligence, an animal cunning and appropriate for the original purpose of the hound: hunting poaching rabbits, hares and birds. With the time, have gone underway several crossing, always pursuing the objective of improving the speed and intelligence.

The Lurcher he is a versatile dog, It has various uses that depend on the different crossing to which have been subjected, but they are usually used as hunting dogs with different styles. most of Lurcher today it is used for general pest control, Rabbit, hares and foxes, although some of the larger types have been successfully used for hunting large game such as wild boar and deer.

Insisting on the use of the can has much to do with the objective of the Hunter and the cross from which is derived, It is good to take this post to remind you that unfortunately, some breeders - no ethical- in the search for the "perfect dog" they usually kill or abandon everything Lurcher that does not fit your needs, because he is not a good hunter or has a physical or behavioral problem.

The Lurcher, It has also proved to be very good in canine sports, such as obedience and agility, where they are becoming increasingly popular due to its speed and willingness to please.

Because the Lurcher is not a pure breed they are not recognized by any canine club. However, North America has recently created the “Lurcher and Longdog Association” to serve as a registration body for dogs Lurcher and Longdog in the United States and Canada.

Beyond the different objectives of the crossing, What is certain is that the Lurcher It is an excellent companion dog that adapts very well to home life., and it is very grateful to received love, She loves to be with people but it needs vigorous walks outdoors, like all dog.

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Longdog
Irlanda Not recognized by the FCI

Longdog

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History

The Longdog It is a breed of dog of the sighthound type with origin in Ireland whose name literally means "long dog” haciendo referencia a la forma alargada de sus extremidades.

Authors like the colonel Ted Walsh define it as a cross between two hunting dogs, What distinguishes it from the call Lurcher, race created from crosses between sighthound dogs and working dogs.

Currently no distinction is considered between the Lurcher and the Longdog and both are included within the Lurcher.

Physical characteristics

Because of that are the product of different crosses, the Longdog varía en su apariencia en función de las razas que se utilizaron en la cruza. They can be so light as a Greyhound or as robust as a Wolf dog. Their coats can also vary depending on the playback. Some have short fur, Some have long fur and some have hard coat.

Common crosses of Longdog usually: Saluki with English Greyhound, Scottish Deerhound with Greyhound (English Greyhound), and Whippet with Greyhound (English Greyhound). These dogs tend to be raised to (some of the) same purposes as the Lurcher, but they generally have a higher speed compared to general endurance and a higher training capacity than the Lurcher.

Cada una de esas cruzas conlleva características distintivas…

  • Saluki crossed with Greyhound: It is especially appreciated as a Hunter dog of hares in the United Kingdom and, for short time, in United States. The best copies shared resistance to high temperatures which possesses the Saluki and the capacity for acceleration and strength of the Greyhound.
  • Deerhound crossed with Greyhound: specialist in hunting foxes and deer in United Kingdom, posee una gran resistencia corporal y la capacidad de adaptarse sin problemas a las diferentes características climáticas, You can live outdoors. In United States, the blood of this can, He has contributed to the development of the American Hound (specialists in the pursuit of coyotes).
  • Whippet crossed with Greyhound: highly appreciated by its balance is, Acceleration, agility, tenacity, heat resistance and, especially, by his rapid recovery. Depending on each dog, It can be used successfully in all kinds of hunting, but in the United Kingdom, stand out, especially in hunting rabbits.

The Lurcher (first cousins ​​of the Longdog) they were initially raised to catch rabbits when they were expelled from their burrows, but in the Decade of 1950, la mixomatosis acabó con la mayoría de los conejos.

The myxomatosis, It is an infectious disease of rabbits, swellings on the skin and membranes of these animals, particularly in head and genitals. It is then often evolve into acute conjunctivitis, and sometimes blindness. The rabbit becomes listless, lost appetite and develops fever. En los casos típicos donde el animal no posee resistencia, death happens on average in 13 days.

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It was discovered in Uruguay at the end of the 19th century, in rabbits imported from the genus Sylvilagus. It was subsequently extended by the South American populations of wild rabbits. This was however a less virulent strain than introduced in Australia in 1950, that he slashed the population (of 600 to 100 million in two years).

Durante décadas científicos de Gran Bretaña, Alemania y Francia buscaron un remedio contra la plaga en que se habían convertido los conejos, but it was the French physician Armand Delille which believed the solution. It was introduced artificially in France in 1952 a few rabbits inoculated with the virus producer the myxomatosis and quickly spread to the European continent in a natural way, through arthropod blood sucking and decimated the French population in 2 years (90% mortality). The myxomatosis, junto con la neumonía hemorragicovírica, es la causante del declive del conejo en la Península Ibérica, What has caused the decline of the iconic animals to the point that in the Spanish imperial Eagle were lost the 70 % nests and the Iberian lynx is found without their basic livelihood.

The mode of transmission is the flea and other sucking arthropods of blood in Europe, Although for example, in Australia is transmitted through mosquito.

Existe una vacuna de vector vírico para conejos domésticos, While in wild specimens Europe have developed immunity and gradually extend.

As we said above, in the decade of 1950, la mixomatosis acabó con la mayoría de los conejos, but the disease did not affect the hares.

Y, This led to the need to develop the race to achieve faster dogs to be able to catch hares. A Hare can run at speeds of up 72 km/h.

The need for, he is born Longdog, desarrollado para conseguir un perro apropiado al estilo preferido de la cacería y la necesidad del momento.

Y, Although they are not a pure breed, you cross them with him Greyhound (English Greyhound) purebred, He has carried that are highly valued within the “elite” canine sports.

Because the Longdog it is not a purebred are not recognized by any dog ​​club. However, North America has recently created the “Lurcher and Longdog Association” to serve as a registration body for dogs Lurcher and Longdog in the United States and Canada.

Character and skills

Similar to the Lurcher, beyond the different objectives of the crossing, What is certain is that the Longdog It is an excellent companion dog that adapts very well to home life., and is very grateful for the care received, She loves to be with people but it needs vigorous walks outdoors, like all dog. Y, above all, very large spaces to savor the aftertaste of freedom.

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Irish Water Spaniel
Irlanda FCI 124 . Water Dogs

Today, despite relative popularity with some hunters, the Irish Water Spaniel still not very widespread outside its country of origin.

Perro de Agua Irlandés

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Characteristics "Irish Water Spaniel"

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History

The origin of the Irish Water Spaniel, but several texts mention that their ancestors would have accompanied the Celts a few years ago. 1000 years. More concretely, These 11th century texts mention a race similar to the Irish Water Spaniel, simply described as a dog used south of the River Shannon, In Ireland. However, although the characteristics of this ancestor are not documented in detail, experts agree that it was probably not a member of the family of the Spaniel. In fact, This mysterious ancestor is believed to be an ancient race of irish dog that contributed to the development of Irish Water Spaniel. This hypothesis is based on the fact that the Irish Water Spaniel has a very different tail than other breeds of Spaniels. In fact, unlike other representatives of the Spaniels family that have a rather bushy tail, the Irish Water Spaniel has a whip-shaped tail, also known as rat tail.

The other races of Spaniels they descend from Persian dogs imported to the Iberian Peninsula. They did not appear in France - where they were then called “espaigneuls“- until the twelfth century. However, only later did mentions of specific breeds appear in the literature, which explains the dog's somewhat hazy past.

The most popular theory about the origin of Irish Water Spaniel is that the Spaniels were imported to Ireland and mixed with other irish dogs, possibly even with the Portuguese Water Dog, the Poodle and the now extinct English water spaniel. Although this theory can be supported by the great resemblance between the Poodle and the Irish Water Spaniel, the latter's origins remain unclear, and we must be content with speculation, as there are no documents describing how the breed was created.

However, What is certain is that the Irish Water Spaniel It was developed mainly for duck hunting and is very happy bringing the game to its master, both on land and in the water: in this way, looks more like a Retriever that a Spaniel. They can even be used to replace certain hunting dogs in a pack., since they are able to point and take the game to its owner when necessary. It is these characteristics and the flexibility that make them so popular with hunters..

In the first half of the 19th century, a Dublin breeder named Justin McCarthy played an essential role in the development of the breed. Until then there were at least two distinct varieties of the breed, and he was able to combine them to create the Irish Water Spaniel as we know it today. It is known that one of his dogs, Boatswain (1834-1852), contributed greatly to the development of the breed by giving birth to a large number of offspring, and that several dogs of this line were champions in various dog shows.

The Irish Water Spaniel first appeared at dog shows in 1862 in Birmingham, England. For a long time, they were represented mainly by the descendants of the boatswains in these events. However, was not up 1899 when he entered the dog shows, still in england. The first breed club was founded in Ireland in 1890.

The Irish Water Spaniel was introduced in the United States in the decade of 1870. In 1877, in the first Westminster Kennel Club, the most famous dog show in the country, four representatives of the breed were presented to the public. The American Kennel Club (AKC) recognized the breed in 1884, but the United Kennel Club, the other American reference organization, waited until 1948 to do the same.

The Fédération Cynologique Internationale (FCI) It took even longer to recognize the Irish Water Spaniel until 1954.

Today, despite relative popularity with some hunters, the Irish Water Spaniel still not very widespread outside its country of origin, where it also remains quite marginal. For example, ranks 150 of 190 in the AKC's ranking of America's most popular dog breeds, according to the number of records. In France, it's even weirder, Since the SCC (Société Centrale Canine) received less than 10 registration requests between 2010 and 2016. In Great Britain, the Kennel Club receives an average of one hundred a year: although it is much more consistent than in France, this figure is still quite modest.

Physical characteristics

The appearance of the Irish Water Spaniel it's quite unique. Although at first glance it may be mistaken for a Poodle Grand, its appearance is more robust than this, although it maintains an elegant silhouette. Its coat is also denser than that of the poodle and is made up of long, soft curls.; this is what protects them from water and helps them float. Its waterproof coat also allows it to face harsh climates and bad weather without flinching..

His head is rather broad and round, and ends with a rather square muzzle, strong looking, covered in short hairs. The ears are large, are set high on the skull and fall back on the head with abundant curls. The eyes are small, brown and almond-shaped.

The neck is strong and wide, though it's hidden under a thick layer of hair. The chest is also wide and deep, followed by a slimmer waist, characteristic of active breeds. His well-developed musculature and strong bones make him a fairly robust looking dog..

Its feet are webbed, which gives them a natural facility to swim, which makes the Irish Water Spaniel in one of the best races for swimming.

The tail is also unique and clearly distinguishes the Irish Water Spaniel other Water Dogs. It's shorter, straighter and has a very short coat (or is he almost naked), unlike other breeds of Water Dogs, they all have bushy tails. This explains why the Irish Water Spaniel is sometimes known as “Duck tail spaniel” or “Whip-tailed spaniel”. Although this anatomical feature sometimes makes you smile, makes the Irish Water Spaniel be a better swimmer than others Water Dogs.

Last, the fur of the Irish Water Spaniel is lustrous and is made up of dense curls, with a lot of plumage. They are often called “the clown of the family of the Water Dogs“, not only for his playful personality, but also because of the longer curly hair they have on their heads, which often gives them the appearance of having a tuft on the top of the head, much like a clown wig. The coat is always reddish brown with chocolate tones.

Size and weight

▷ Male size: 55 – 61 cm.
▷ female size: 53 – 59 cm..
▷ Male weight: 25 – 31 kg
▷ female weight: 20 – 27 kg

Character and skills

The Irish Water Spaniel is sometimes described as a dog with a difficult character, and probably for this reason it has never been especially sought after as a companion dog, despite its qualities. In fact, it is a dog developed for hunting: It, Therefore, decided to, Intelligent, Active, playful and energetic. This mix can sometimes lead to stubborn or mischievous behavior.. Even when they compete, their playful personality is often imposed and leads them to turn any activity into a game, causing some headaches for your coach. In general, not a breed of dog suitable for a beginner: on the contrary, needs an experienced master, able to give you a constant and structured education.

However, the Irish Water Spaniel it is a perfect companion dog if it is well socialized and trained, and can get enough exercise. Devoted to his master and his family, will do anything to please them, although sometimes this can lead to unwanted mischievous behavior or wanting to play when it's not the time. By the way, although he is devoted to his whole family, it's not uncommon for him to show a preference for a particular member, with whom you have a special affinity.

Able to easily adapt to all situations and conditions, the Irish Water Spaniel he is delighted to accompany his master in many activities, and can excel not only in hunting, but also in water activities or dog competitions, like the exhibitions. In effect, is agile, hardworking and has a good nose. It also, is naturally happy and balanced, as well as loyal and obedient. With a real propensity to turn any activity into a game, they usually feel great pleasure when doing them, whatever they are.

The Irish Water Spaniel he is one of the best swimmers and loves the water. You have to watch them when they are in the water, as they jump in at the first opportunity and enjoy swimming so much that it can be difficult to get them out. Having said that, swimming is a good way to satisfy your need to expend energy. However, even if you are familiar with the water and swim very well, it is important to keep an eye on him to ensure his safety, as with a child.

The Irish Water Spaniel does not bark much, and generally reserves its impressive barks for situations where you need to warn your family of immediate danger. Therefore, he is quite calm and makes an excellent watchdog, as he is naturally suspicious of strangers. Having said that, his lack of trust with strangers should not be confused with shyness, although he is rarely aggressive towards them: is content to advise. Even when hunting, just bark a little, having the peculiarity of being speechless about hunting, which makes him a good pointer.

The Irish Water Spaniel they tend to get along very well with other dogs and pets. The same goes for children. Whoever your partner is, can spend hours playing with it without getting tired, especially when it comes to looking for the ball.

It must be said that it is a very resistant and lively breed of dog, making it unsuitable for apartment living. You need at least one garden where you can stretch your legs, and it is even better if the garden has a pool. However, a small garden is not enough to satisfy their need for exercise and balance: needs at least an hour of daily running and some walks, as well as swimming regularly.

In fact, it is essential that he can expend his energy to be a calm and obedient dog once home. Otherwise, the owner should expect destructive behavior from the dog. In fact, it is a recommended breed of dog for an athletic master, not a dog recommended for an elderly or sedentary person.

Starting at 9 or 10 weeks of age, it is recommended to give them 15 to 20 minutes of play in the morning and in the evening, in addition to socializing and doing other exercises. As is still the case for an adult, loves to play fetch or chase a frisbee. However, while waiting for your body to develop and gain muscle, it is better to prevent him from running with his master and, on the other hand, be content with training him to walk a distance of less than one kilometer. You can gradually increase the intensity of your dog's activities and the distances traveled, but you should not rush: too much exercise at a young age can affect your bones and joints, with repercussions for the rest of his life. Once adult, it is possible to run with your dog, but it is advisable to stick to reasonable distances and durations: due to risk of dysplasia, not a dog made to run marathons.

Education

The Irish Water Spaniel it is not a recommended dog for a first adoption. In fact, although it is quite easy to train because he likes to please his master, sometimes has an independent character that pushes him to want to act according to his own will. This is especially true of young males., who are very prone to testing the limits of their master. Therefore, it is necessary to know how to show your dog who the master is, establish firm limits and a structured discipline framework with clear and consistent rules. In effect, This dog is known to take advantage of his master at the slightest inconsistency., or if you lack confidence. The fact that they are energetic and need a good amount of daily exercise also contributes to their being a demanding breed..

However, although sometimes they can be stubborn and independent, the Irish Water Spaniel it is usually easy to train. Being one of the most intelligent dog breeds, learn many commands with ease and excel at dog sports. When properly trained, are perfectly capable of performing very specific tasks, both in leisure and in obedience, agility and even dog shows. However, you need to deal with his mischievous nature: the more he learns, Plus you can turn your new abilities into games or mischief of any kind. In fact, it is clear that he has an overflowing imagination.

The Irish Water Spaniel responds better to dog training techniques based on positive reinforcement and rewards. They benefit from being coached by a patient teacher who does not raise his voice, at the risk of awakening their stubborn side and encouraging them to decide to do things their own way. That is why it is important to vary the activities during the educational sessions., to keep your interest and prevent you from starting to do things your way.

Last, the socialization of Irish Water Spaniel is an important aspect of your education. He is extremely suspicious of strangers, although this should not be confused with shyness. The younger you are exposed to a variety of situations, the more comfortable you will be with strangers and will be able to recognize real danger, how not to confuse the postman's visit with a possible intruder. Schools for puppies (puppy socialization classes) they are an interesting option, but it can also be as simple as taking the puppy out in public and visiting the neighborhood. Whatever happens, will always be attentive, so it is the various socialization activities in your training that should help you differentiate between what is a normal part of your life and what is abnormal and should alert your family.

Health

The Irish Water Spaniel they are generally in good health and their fur makes them particularly resistant to bad weather.

However, are prone to various diseases:

waterfalls: unlike other dog breeds, in which they are generally due to aging, cataracts are most often hereditary in theIrish Water Spaniel, and they can appear from the age of five.
follicular dysplasia ;

Hip Dysplasia: it is very common in this breed, and appears to be genetic rather than due to joint wear and tear.

Dental malocclusion: this deformation makes the lower jaw more pronounced, which often causes the lower teeth to pop out of the mouth. Although this can be treated with plastic surgery, it is usually recommended to simply remove the teeth that prevent the mouth from closing normally.
Progressive retinal atrophy (ARP);

Von Willebrand disease;

Hypothyroidism in dogs.

It also, it is known that the Irish Water Spaniel have allergic reactions to vaccines given to dogs. Therefore, it is important to monitor him during the hours following the vaccination, to react as quickly as possible in case of swelling of the face, lethargy, sharp pain around the injection site, etc. This risk should not be taken lightly, because very serious reactions can lead to the death of the dog.

In addition to this risk linked to vaccines, the Irish Water Spaniel may be sensitive to dewormers and certain dog antibiotics. So, it is necessary to choose a veterinarian who knows well the specificities of this breed, starting with drugs that can cause an allergic reaction in the dog.

Last, like any breed of dog with hanging ears, have a higher risk of ear infections.

Since many of these diseases are genetic and, Therefore, hereditary, it is important to check, when adopting an Irish spaniel, that comes from a line in which these health problems are rare.

Life expectancy

12 to 13 years

Grooming

The dense fur of the Irish Water Spaniel requires regular care to avoid hair build-up. In particular, dead hair must be removed with a natural hair comb two or three times a week, which also helps distribute natural oils and prevent dirt build-up, that the density of its coat makes it retain especially quickly.

It is important to get your dog used to brushing relatively early, why start brushing your dog as an adult, when it is fully active and its coat is a little longer, it can be a real challenge if it is a new experience for him.

It also, Your dog's coat should generally be trimmed every two months to maintain a healthy appearance.

It is also important to regularly bathe your dog or allow him to expose his coat to water.. The Water Dogs secrete large amounts of natural oils that help protect their coat from water, and regular bathing keeps their coat healthy by preventing too much oil and dirt from accumulating.

By the way, the Irish Water Spaniel is considered a breed of dog hypoallergenic, since it changes very little. However, it is important to remember that no race is 100% hypoallergenic: if you are allergic to dogs, it is better that you do some tests before adopting your new partner.

Last, like any breed of dog with hanging ears, the Irish Water Spaniel have an increased risk of ear infections, since their ears are poorly ventilated and tend to accumulate a lot of wax. Thus, it is important to examine your dog's ears weekly and clean the accumulated wax with a product designed for it. This weekly exam is also a good opportunity to examine the dog's nails to make sure they are not too long.; if they are, must be trimmed.

Food

They are recommended between 180 and 310 grams of quality active dry food per day for the Irish Water Spaniel, and should be divided into two meals (one in the morning and one at night).

However, as it is a breed of dog that gets fat quickly, but which also has a great need for quality energy sources, the vet can give good advice to help you choose the right type of food for your dog, and adjust the amount based on your activity level.

Utility

The Irish Water Spaniel traditionally used as a hunting dog for waterfowl. They have an excellent sense of smell. Therefore, he is an experienced hunter who feels very comfortable in the water, but can be easily adapted to most shooting disciplines. When looking for the hunt, often stands still, but it can also bring her back. It is even capable of pulling its prey out and chasing it through thick and tight bushes..

Due to its natural ease in the water, the Irish Water Spaniel also used as a rescue dog at sea.

Last, although they are not well known for this feature and are not commonly used in this context, the Irish Water Spaniel has all the qualities of an ideal companion dog.

Price

The Irish Water Spaniel it is a very rare breed in France, Belgium and Switzerland, so it is difficult to determine the market price of a puppy of this breed.

In other places, either in the United States or in England, for example, the average price of a puppy of Irish Water Spaniel varies between the 700 and 800 EUR, without great differences between males and females.

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Type and recognitions:

  • FCI CLASSIFICATION:
  • Group 8: Retrievers - Flushing Dogs - Water Dogs
  • Section 3: Water Dogs. .

Federations:

  • FCI – Group 8: Retrievers - Flushing Dogs - Water Dogs – Section 3: Water Dogs
  • AKCSporting
  • ANKC Group 3 (Gundogs)
  • CKCSporting Dogs
  • ​KC – Gundog
  • NZKCGundog
  • UKCGun Dogs


FCI breed standard "Irish Water Spaniel"

FCIFCI - Irish Water Spaniel
Dog

Alternative names:

    1. Whiptail, Shannon Spaniel, Rat Tail Spaniel, Bog Dog, (Irish: An Spáinnéar Uisce) (English).
    2. Chien d’eau irlandais (French).
    3. Irish Water Spaniel (German).
    4. (em inglês: Irish water spaniel) (Portuguese).
    5. Spaniel de Agua Irlandés, Irish Water Spaniel (español).

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Whiptail
Irlanda FCI 124 . Water Dogs

Irish Water Spaniel

The Whiptail (Irish Water Spaniel) It is a water dog and one of the oldest breeds of Spaniel dog. in addition, is one of the rarest, being known, times, as the “clown” of the Spaniel.

Although all the theories of origin of the race point to Ireland, the origin of the breed remains unknown. It is possible that more than one of the oldest breeds of Spaniel are involved in its origin, but it is something that is not known for sure.

There is no knowledge of the ancestors of the Irish Water Spaniel, as the father of the breed, Justin McCarthy from Dublin, left no records of this.

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Irish Red Setter
Irlanda FCI 120 . Setter

Setter Irlandés

The Irish Red Setter is spread throughout Europe

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History

The origin of dogs Setter dates back to at least the second half of the 16th century: John Caius mentions them in 1570 The British book cart Canibus, What, as its name suggests, is dedicated to the dogs of Great Britain.

It is believed that the Irish Setter came up much later, in the XVIII century, as a result of a crossing. His ancestry is not known for sure, but it is believed to have developed from Irish Water Spaniel, with possible contributions from Irish Terrier, the English Pointer and the Gordon Setter. However, en los primeros tiempos no tenía el pelaje rojo caoba liso que conocemos hoy, but a red and white fur, especially appreciated for hunting, since it was easy to spot in the bush. This Irish Red and White Setter -que todavía existe hoy en día, although it is more rare- habría dado lugar gradualmente, in the course of the 18th century, to the Irish Red Setter. The Irish Red Setter stabilized as a distinct breed in the early 19th century, differing in particular by having longer legs than its bicolor ancestor.

Aunque sus orígenes exactos son poco claros, the geographical origin of Irish Setter is well identified. Your story begins, of course, In Ireland, where hunters tried to develop a successful breed of dog for tracking, monitoring and recovery of game birds. They used it as a pointing dog that locates game by freezing in sample position, allowing the hunter to know where the bird is. The term “Setter” comes from this use for which the animal was developed. He was very appreciated from the beginning for his excellent nose, that allows you to detect odors in the air, mientras que la mayoría de los perros de caza rastrean la caza en el suelo. Esta característica le hizo muy popular desde el principio.

In addition to his hunting skills, the Irish Red Setter it was also quickly distinguished by its elegant appearance and beautiful mahogany color. Since the early years of the 19th century, some breeders specialized in the production of specimens of this color. Jason Hazzard, of Timaskea, in County Fermanagh, Sir Saint George Gore and the Earl of Enniskillen they were some of the first breeders of the breed. For example, the conde the Enniskillen He decided, already in 1812, que sólo quería tener perros de pelo rojo en sus perreras.

In 1862, a specimen called Palmerston stood out for the especially elongated shape of his head and the slenderness of his silhouette. These differences almost cost him his life, ya que su dueño consideró que estas características lo hacían inadecuado para la caza y decidió ahogarlo. A fan of the breed stepped in and saved him, then made him famous by presenting him in many dog ​​shows. Palmerston dio a luz a un gran número de descendientes, y se acepta que aparece en el árbol genealógico de la mayoría de los perros Irish Red Setter that exist today. The success of Palmerston in the beauty contests in which he was exposed he was emulated, since without ceasing to be a recognized hunting dog, the Setter Irish Red later became a popular show dog.

The international spread of the Irish Setter

The Irish Setter was imported to the United States already in 1875 and quickly became a star. In fact, the first representative of the race that set foot in America, Elcho, became a star both for his presentations at dog shows and for his effectiveness in the field. It is not strange that the race is one of those recognized since its creation by the American Kennel Club (AKC). El primer representante de la raza así registrado en 1878 it was called Admiral. With regard to the United Kennel Club (UKC), la otra organización canina de referencia en el país, recognized the breed in 1914.

Poco después de su llegada al país, the race that is sometimes called Red Setter to distinguish it from its white and red cousin it quickly became one of the most popular breeds at American dog shows. Among 1874 and 1948, nothing less than 760 of their representatives were rewarded in the rings. He was much less noticed for his field skills, ya que durante el mismo período sólo 5 specimens were awarded for their hunting skills. This alerted some breed enthusiasts, that in 1940 published in the magazine Field and Stream a call for its rebirth as a hunting dog, its original function. His initiative was quite successful: So, aunque se puso mucho empeño en sus características estéticas, the Irish Setter was able to retain both of its functions and remains a highly prized hunting dog for tracking game birds, like the teal, the duck, partridge and quail. También es habitual distinguir entre líneas de sangre de exposición y de trabajo, that differ in size and robustness.

Of course, not only the United States adopted the Irish Setter. Your appreciation for the Fédération Cynologique Internationale (FCI) in 1954 contributed a lot to its spread throughout the world.

Recognitions “Irish Red Setter”

The Irish Setter is now recognized by the world's leading organizations, that distinguish it from Irish Red and White Setter. Muchos no reconocieron esto último hasta mucho después. In fact, the Irish Setter enjoys much greater popularity than its ancestor, aunque este último esté un poco a media asta

This is the case, in particular, of United States, where he continues to be present both in the field with the hunters and in the exhibition rings. However, It is far from the heights it reached in the years 60 and 70, thanks mostly to Disney's production of 1962 en la que aparecía un Irish Setter call Big Red, así como al Rey Timahoe, the famous White House dog during the presidency of Richard Nixon (1969 to 1974). Mid-years 70, llegó a ocupar el tercer puesto en número de registros anuales en el AKC, going from about 4.000 puppies per year to more than 60.000. However, esta moda fue efímera, and the popularity of Setter gradually declined from the second half of the decade of 1970. Today, is more likely to find the Setter around the post 75 (of something less than 200) en cuanto al número de registros anuales en el AKC. Keep descending, since at the dawn of the XXI century it was around the position 60.

Also in France, the Irish Setter se hizo increíblemente popular en los años 70. Si a principios de la década ya había más de 600 inscripciones anuales en el Libro de Orígenes Franceses (LOF), este número se disparó sin cesar hasta acercarse a las 2.400 (four times more) in 1978. The reverse movement occurred in the following ten years, to the point of ending the decade of 1980 at around 700 u 800 annual births. Next, el número se estabilizó en torno a los 600 per year throughout the decades of 1990 and 2000, and then began to decline again in the decade of 2010, at around 500 births per year.

El reciente descenso del interés por la raza también se observa en otros países, like Britain. For example, el número de inscripciones anuales en el Kennel Club ronda los 700, while in early 2010 approached the 1.000.

Physical characteristics

The Puts irelandes is an active hunting dog, spirited and noble-looking, with a balanced and elegant constitution. These medium-sized dogs are distinguished by their rich mahogany red coat and fine, silky fur that extends over the ears, tail and chest. In general, it's a beautiful blend of refinement and robustness.

It is built around a deep chest that drops almost to elbow level and has a long, flat back., slightly sloping from withers to hindquarters, sin una caída exagerada. It is prolonged with a long, tapered tail, usually worn straight or even slightly curved up. Its hind legs are powerful and well developed, although its lower part is finer from the hock to the sole. They give him a good stride. The front legs are thinner, with straight and nervous forearms. The front joints are well bent, but not twisted in or out.

The head rests on a strong neck, although not very thick and slightly arched, that fits harmoniously between the shoulders. The skull is oval seen from above. The muzzle is moderately long and square, con las mandíbulas inferior y superior de longitud casi igual. The nose is always dark, black or chocolate, and the nostrils are wide open. The ears are placed behind the skull, slightly below eye level. They are thin and long, almost enough to touch the front of the muzzle when held taut. They hang with a sharp crease across the head. The eyes are almendrados, de tamaño medio y bastante distantes entre sí. They are hazelnut to dark brown in color and have a soft but alert expression.

The coat of the Irish Setter it is composed of an undercoat and a short topcoat on the top of the head and front legs, así como en las puntas de las orejas. It is moderately long on the rest of the body and has long fringes on the ears., on the back of the legs and thighs and on the belly. Their feet have a good density of hair between the toes, like feathers. It also, despite its length, the coat is smooth and soft, with a shiny appearance.

Its color is one of the distinctive features of the breed. They are mahogany or dark brown, no trace of black. Algunos individuos tienen un toque de blanco en el pecho o una fina línea blanca en la parte superior del cráneo, but this is not particularly desirable.

Last, sexual dimorphism is only moderately pronounced in this breed: males are generally of 3 to 5 centímetros más altos, but they are not, for example, significantly more massive. On the other hand, puede haber diferencias físicas reales en función del fin para el que se críe el animal. For example, los individuos de las líneas de exhibición suelen ser más robustos y grandes que los destinados a la caza o a la compañía, and their fur is also thicker and denser.

Size and weight

    ▷ Male size: Of 58 to 67 cm.

    ▷ female size: Of 55 to 62 cm.

    ▷ Male weight: Of 20 to 25 kg

    ▷ female weight: Of 18 to 23 kg

Character and skills

He gets along wonderfully with children, cuya energía y entusiasmo concuerdan perfectamente con su propio carácter. He especially enjoys play sessions with his humans and finds them ideal companions. However, hay que tener cuidado cuando está en compañía de niños muy pequeños, as it can be jerky in its movements and can involuntarily push or even knock them down. In any case, a dog should never be left alone with a young child without adult supervision, and this applies to all races.

The Irish Red Setter generally not lacking in enthusiasm or curiosity. This curiosity - sometimes combined with his hunting instincts- means, However, que se distrae fácilmente y puede ser difícil mantener su atención. If we add to this that he is sometimes stubborn, it's easy to understand that your education can be a bit complicated at times. ¡Y la combinación de estos dos rasgos puede hacer que el aprendizaje sea un poco complicado a veces! It also has a great ability to nibble everything in its reach.. Los juguetes de adiestramiento y masticables para perros deberían satisfacer este impulso, but at the beginning of learning, some objects can be destroyed.

In any case, el impulso del perro es una característica que se conserva durante mucho tiempo, since it takes much longer than other races to reach a certain psychological maturity. For some people, Living with a puppy-minded dog at five can be challenging, but others love it. In any case, maintains a strong love for life into old age, and some dogs never settle.

In fact, the Irish Setter tiene mucha energía de sobra: originally bred for hunting, sigue siendo muy activo y necesita gastar su energía en paseos diarios y poder correr sin obstáculos. Entre una hora y una hora y media de ejercicio al día es lo mínimo para mantenerle en buena salud física y mental, and simple walks on a leash in the neighborhood are not enough for it to develop: you need a place away from traffic where you can run freely and safely. It is an excellent companion for those who want to go running with their pet, and is also happy to accompany bike rides.

Outings may also include time to swim, since the Irish Red Setter it is a water-loving breed. Swimming is also a good way for me to exercise.

The same goes for dog sports, que le permiten movilizar tanto sus capacidades físicas como mentales. The agility, obedience, crawling and rallying are disciplines that are perfectly suited to him and that he does not stop approaching with his usual enthusiasm.

In any case, es necesario un amo activo para mantenerlo en buena forma física y mental: given your daily need for exercise, the lifestyle of elderly or sedentary people is not at all suitable for him.

Siempre que tenga suficiente compañía y oportunidades de hacer ejercicio, he is very nice to live with and deserves his reputation in this regard.

No wonder, given your level of activity, the Irish Setter not suitable for apartment living. Una casa con un gran jardín vallado es un entorno de vida mucho más ideal, but a fence is essential to prevent it from taking off. Like any self-respecting hunting dog, has a hard time restraining himself if he picks up interesting smells. In any case, aunque el jardín sea lo suficientemente grande como para que pueda corretear, it's not a question of leaving it alone for a long time, because he needs to integrate into his family and interact with humans. Le resulta difícil tolerar la soledad y pronto sufre de ansiedad por separación. La combinación de falta de compañía y demasiada energía puede pasarle factura, since it can lead to damage, plus other possible behavior problems (excessive barking to get attention, etc.).

Sharing a home with another species or with a representative of another species can be a smart way to avoid loneliness. Is able to get along with a cat or rodent once it has been raised and, Therefore, considers you a full member of your family. On the other hand, it is better to avoid living with birds, who are your favorite prey: su instinto de caza tendría todas las posibilidades de despertarse en algún momento y acabar bruscamente con la experiencia. Obviously, el problema es especialmente acusado en el caso de los individuos procedentes de líneas de caza, whose instinct is the most advanced.

His sociability is not limited to family members, both animals and humans. In fact, le encanta la compañía de estos últimos, and often welcomes strangers with enthusiasm: therefore, sería bastante ilusorio esperar utilizarlo como guardián. Having said that, Although it is not aggressive, can be protective if the situation calls for it. Will bark loudly when a stranger points their nose at him, which makes him at least a good watchdog.

Su cercanía al ser humano, his gentle nature and intelligence make him a very good therapy dog, whether it is made permanently available to a person or used by an association that regularly intervenes in different institutions. In effect, can do wonders in accompanying patients who need emotional support.

Education

The Irish Red Setter not only is he smart and lively, He is also very cooperative in his education because he likes to work and make his masters happy.. However, keep in mind that it retains an exuberant personality for a long time, como si fuera todavía un joven cachorro, including a healthy dose of curiosity. This makes them easily distracted during sessions., y a veces puede ser difícil conseguir su atención, or keep it for more than a few minutes. Therefore, patience and a sense of humor are the keywords in the training of a Irish Setter, since he deserves his reputation for stubbornness, even stubborn at times. It is important to stay calm whatever happens, and act positive and kind.

In any case, things are easier because you really want to learn and you love challenges. Así que el reto es esencialmente mantenerlo centrado. The best way to do it is through play, with rewards and accolades. His very playful temperament means that he can resist if what is offered does not seem fun to him. Changing activities and rewards regularly can keep your interest and stimulate you more effectively.

Since he loves to run and has a strong hunting instinct, teaching your dog to hunt should be a high priority in your training program, What, as with any race, should start immediately. In more general terms, although in general it is full of good intentions, must learn as soon as possible to be obedient, at the risk of unleashing their tendency to be independent and stubborn.

Begin education of Irish Red Setter at a young age also helps to avoid boredom, ya que necesita muchos estímulos para ser feliz. At eight weeks, is already capable of assimilating many things.

Regarding home training, not usually a source of major problems, although even 4 months the puppy may have difficulty controlling his bladder: if you live inside, it is therefore essential to take it outside regularly.

Like any dog, your socialization also benefits from being started without delay, and it goes much better since it is sociable by nature. Offer you many opportunities to meet all kinds of humans, companions and other animals, pero también de enfrentarse a diferentes ambientes y estímulos (noises, sounds, smells…) it is the best way to make him a perfectly balanced and very pleasant companion.

It also, especially likes to chew and nibble what is within reach. Therefore, it is necessary not only to keep your precious belongings away, but above all to teach him to vent in a way acceptable to both him and his master: diverting their attention every time they start to chew or nibble on inappropriate things is a good way to gradually target this character trait.

Health

The Irish Setter it is a generally robust and healthy breed, and their representatives rarely have major health problems.

They are also relatively heat tolerant and, by its origin, también se aclimatan bien al frío y la humedad razonables. However, extreme temperatures are not really for him. Of course, must be able to take shelter in case of heat wave, but you should also be able to sleep in a heated place if the temperatures are below freezing.

The main diseases to which the breed is exposed are :

  • The dilation-torsion stomach, which mainly affects large breeds of dogs and is fatal if the vet does not intervene quickly;
  • The Hip Dysplasia, que también es común en los perros grandes y puede ser hereditaria. It occurs when the thigh bone does not fit well in the hip joint and can cause difficulties in walking or running. Los casos graves suelen corregirse mediante cirugía;
  • Osteocondrosis (in osteochondritis), trastorno de osificación que afecta al cartílago de las articulaciones y provoca cojera. Esta enfermedad es aún poco conocida, but it is suspected of having hereditary causes. It usually manifests itself in the animal's growth period and affects males more frequently than females.;
  • The osteosarcoma, a bone cancer that mainly affects older animals and causes an increasingly pronounced and painful limp;
  • Epilepsy, which is similar to what is also seen in humans and leads to often impressive seizures. However, there are various treatments that allow people with epilepsy to lead almost perfectly normal lives;
  • The Hypothyroidism, un trastorno hormonal que puede presentar muchos síntomas diferentes (weight gain, Dry Skin, hair loss…). It is usually treated with medications;
  • The von Willebrand disease, un trastorno de la coagulación de origen hereditario que puede provocar la presencia de sangre en las heces o hemorragias en las encías o la nariz. There is no known cure for this disease, pero es posible proporcionar cuidados para aliviar los síntomas;
  • Insufficient adhesion of the leukocyte, a serious hereditary disease peculiar to the breed. Conduce desde una edad muy temprana a diversas y graves infecciones bacterianas y víricas porque los glóbulos blancos son incapaces de atacarlas. It is linked to a recessive gene, which means that an individual can be a carrier of it (and pass it on to their descendants) unaffected;
  • The progressive retinal atrophy, an incurable hereditary disease that corresponds to a slow deterioration of the retina. Produces progressive loss of vision, primero por la noche y luego durante el día;
  • The entropion, a sometimes inherited eye disorder in which the eyelid rolls inward, irritating the eyeball. El problema puede tratarse con cirugía;
  • The otitis, una infección del oído favorecida por la forma caída de las orejas.

Although the list of diseases the breed is predisposed to can be terrifying, do not forget that their representatives usually spend most of their lives in good health. A study conducted in 2004 by the British Kennel Club and the British Small Animal Veterinary Association revealed that cancer was responsible for the 27% of deaths and that old age was the second leading cause of death, with a 22% of the cases. In other words, estas dos causas representan por sí solas una de cada dos muertes, well ahead of cardiac problems (10% of the cases) and gastrointestinal disorders (8% of the cases).

However, since many of the conditions to which the breed is predisposed are or may be inherited, adopting a serious breeder of the Setters irlandes it is crucial to obtain an animal that is not only correctly socialized, but also and above all healthy, and that it probably still is. Therefore, must be able to present the results of genetic tests performed to parents or offspring to rule out any transmission of inherited diseases. You must also present a certificate from a veterinarian attesting that the dog is in good health, así como la cartilla sanitaria o de vacunación del perro, in particular to confirm that you have received all necessary vaccinations.

Once the puppy has moved to its new home, care must be taken to respect his growth and not force him to do too many things too soon. Therefore, any particularly strenuous or prolonged activity should be avoided until the puppy's skeleton has reached full maturity, what occurs in this breed at approximately two years of age. Otherwise, you run the risk not only of injury, but also to suffer consequences for life, that may be related to malformations, for example. The risk is all the greater as the Irish Setter is predisposed to various joint problems.

It also, the adoption of a healthy dog ​​should not do without regular visits to the vet, At least once a year, to allow early detection of a potential problem, before it ends up acquiring very serious proportions. It is also an opportunity to carry out any necessary vaccine recalls..

Always in the field of prevention, it is the owner's responsibility to ensure that their animal's parasitic protection remains active at all times and, for it, renew treatments whenever necessary.

Life expectancy

13 years

Grooming

El cuidado del Irish Red Setter takes time and effort. In fact, its beautiful long, silky coat needs to be brushed once or twice a week to stay shiny and knot-free. Este cepillado regular también estimula los folículos que provocan el crecimiento del pelo, making the coat healthier. During the molting period, in spring and autumn, hair loss is much greater, so daily brushing is recommended to help remove dead hairs.

Unless, Of course, that the Irish Setter don't need more than two baths a year, unless, Of course, that has gotten especially dirty. Hay que tener cuidado de utilizar siempre un champú específicamente diseñado para caninos, as there is a risk that the skin will dry out due to a product that is too aggressive. In fact, the pH of dog's skin is not the same as that of human skin.

Sus orejas caídas también requieren un mantenimiento regular, as they are a breeding ground for infections. Therefore, should be checked weekly and cleaned with a slightly damp cloth to avoid accumulation of dirt and moisture. The same should be done after every prolonged time outdoors, for example if it is used to hunt. After bathing or soaking outdoors, también es útil secarlos, again to prevent moisture build-up.

Your eyes should also be carefully examined and cleaned every week., again to prevent dirt from getting into them.

Coat grooming sessions also offer the opportunity to care for your dog's teeth by brushing them with dog toothpaste.. This helps prevent tartar buildup and, Therefore, reduce the risk of bad breath and, above all, of oral diseases. It is best to avoid doing it less than once a week, and the ideal is to take care of it regularly.

Given your level of activity, this dog's claws tend to wear out naturally, so no need to cut them manually. However, es mejor comprobarlo cada mes para asegurarse de que es así. In any case, if you hear them rubbing against the ground when walking on smooth ground, means that they have become too long. Beyond being then prevented from walking, they can break and potentially injure you.

Whether the fur, the ears, the eyes, teeth or claws, maintaining a Irish Red Setter should not be done randomly, at the risk of hurting or even injuring you. The first time, una visita a una peluquería canina profesional o a un veterinario puede ser una excelente manera de aprender los gestos correctos de un profesional.

In any case, no reason to wait to start: Familiarizing your dog with these sessions from a young age is the best way for him to cooperate when he needs to be handled, and you can even make maintenance sessions moments of shared complicity.

Las manipulaciones también son útiles cuando regresa de un largo periodo en la naturaleza, since then it is necessary to carefully examine their fur, legs and ears to detect the possible presence of infections or small wounds, but also parasites, thorns, skewers, etc.

Utility

The Irish Setter fue originalmente diseñado y desarrollado para acompañar a los cazadores en la búsqueda de aves de caza. It was - and still is- especially appreciated for its qualities as a showing dog: It is excellent for locating game and positioning itself in a sample position so that the hunter knows where the bird is.

His grace, la belleza de su porte y su pelaje rojizo-acajú también le hicieron popular en las exposiciones caninas ya en la segunda mitad del siglo XIX.

Todavía hoy son reconocidos y apreciados por estos dos usos, pero también se han ganado los corazones como perros de compañía afectuosos, smart and endearing. They are wonderfully suited to family life so owners can give them all the exercise they need, a task that can be delegated, at least in part, In the kids, with those who love to play.

Dog sports are another great way for him to exercise: excels in agility competitions, obedience and tracking, for example.

Last, su cercanía a los humanos, his sensitivity and sweetness explain why he is also found as a therapy dog, for example in schools, hospitals and nursing homes.

On the other hand, the fact that it lacks all aggressiveness, disfrute tanto de la compañía de los humanos y sea generalmente muy acogedor con los extraños implica que no puede asumir el papel de guardián. On the other hand, it is an excellent warning dog, since it does not stop warning the arrival of a stranger.

Price

The popularity of the Irish Red Setter hace que no sea difícil encontrarlo, as many breeders can be found both on European and North American soil.

The price of a puppy usually ranges from 500 and 1000 EUR. The average is slightly less than 800 EUR, no significant differences between males and females.

whatever the country, el precio varía necesariamente en función de la reputación y el prestigio del criadero del que procede, of his lineage, as well as its intrinsic characteristics, and in particular of its greater or lesser conformity with the standard. This explains why there can be significant price differences between individuals of the same litter.

Characteristics "Irish Red Setter"

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1 – Irish Red Setter Vigo – Galicia – Spain – 06-10-2006 by Luis Miguel Bugallo Sánchez (Lmbuga Commons)(Lmbuga Galipedia)Published by / Publish by: Luis Miguel Bugallo Sánchez, CC BY-SA 3.0, via Wikimedia Commons
2 – Irish Red Setter by Adam Ziaja, CC BY-SA 3.0, via Wikimedia Commons
3 – Irish Setter head by Ehog.hu, CC BY-SA 4.0, via Wikimedia Commons
4 – Irish Setter of 9 years. by Can Nefesoglu, CC BY-SA 4.0, via Wikimedia Commons
5 – Irish Setter by Philipp Schiffmann, CC BY-SA 2.0 OF, via Wikimedia Commons
6 – Irish Red Setter by https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Irish_setter_(dog).jpg

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Type and recognitions:

  • FCI CLASSIFICATION:
  • Group :
  • Section : . .

Federations:

  • FCI – Group 7: Pointing Dogs. – Section 2: British and Irish Pointers and Setters. 2.2: Setter
  • AKCSporting
  • ANKC Group 3 (Gundogs)
  • CKCSporting Dogs
  • ​KC – Gundog
  • NZKCGundog
  • UKCGun Dogs

Alternative names:

    1. Red Setter, Irish Setter (English).
    2. Setter irlandais (French).
    3. Irischer Roter Setter (German).
    4. (em inglês: Irish Red Setter) (Portuguese).
    5. Setter irlandés (español).

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Irish wolfhound
Irlanda FCI 160 . Rough-haired Sighthounds

The Irish wolfhound It is the largest breed of dog that exists.; adults reach an average height of between 95 and 100 cm to the cross.

Lebrél irlandés

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History

The Irish wolfhound it is a very old canine breed, It was used as a war and hunting dog as early as the 3rd century BC..

As the greatest of the Sighthounds and hunting dogs, they were already admired. In fact, its impressive size and exceptional bravery even allowed it to hunt the now-extinct Irish elk, that doubled him in size. However, It was his ability to attack wolves that gave the name to the Irish Wolfhound. Before taking this name, he was known simply as Cu, a Gaelic word whose meaning is not very clear; according to the texts, this word was sometimes translated as dog, sometimes like war dog, sometimes like wolf.

In any case, it's easy to imagine how, on the battlefield, the Irish wolfhoundhe could look like a fierce fighter and impress with his size. Its main use was to knock men off their horses or from enemy chariots. However, although his warrior past is mentioned during the various Celtic wars, there are few texts that narrate his exploits with greater precision. However, It should be noted that during the sacking of Delphi in the year 279 a.C., one survivor mentioned the presence of giant dogs fighting alongside their masters, but without giving more details.

Although it was used against him in some conflicts with the Celts, was admired by the Romans. This is attested by writings such as those of the Roman consul Quinto Aurelio, who received them as a gift and reported in the year 391 a.C. that Rome admired them in amazement. The Romans also used them as fighting dogs in the arenas., making them compete with other animals and prisoners of war.

The Irish wolfhound is intrinsically linked to the history and folklore of its country of origin, which is the national dog. In addition to the historical mentions of his role in wars and conflicts, this gentle giant is also at the center of the legends told in various writings, already in the 3rd and 4th centuries. In fact, its popularity has endured throughout the ages, as illustrated by numerous examples. One of the most famous comes from a twelfth-century writing that relates that Mesrodia, then king of Leinstern, In Ireland, owned an Irish Wolfhound so remarkable that the King of Connacht offered him six thousand cows and other treasures in exchange for his dog. Mesrodia's refusal led to a war between the two kingdoms, but the text does not specify what happened to the Greyhound, called Aibe.

In ancient ireland (until the 5th century AD), A law reserved to kings and nobles the possibility of owning a Irish wolfhound, and his number was a prestige mark of the person's title. For example, minor members of the nobility could only own a maximum of two Irish wolfhound. However, this did not mean that the number of representatives of the breed in the country was extremely limited, since Ireland was divided at that time into more than 150 kingdoms, with many kings and nobles.

The Irish wolfhound it was a popular gift among the nobility, and was often delivered with silver and gold chains to develop or strengthen alliances. One of the most famous exchanges was the sending of an Irish greyhound named Gelert to Prince Llewellyn of Wales by King John of England in 1210, and the burial place of the august dog can be seen today in Wales.

Either used in battle or gifted to consolidate alliances, The Irish Greyhound has also made a name for itself outside its native country; mentions of the breed can be found in numerous writings. In 1596, in Spain, the poet Lope de Vega wrote a sonnet entirely dedicated to the Irish wolfhound.

Despite its glorious past, the Irish greyhound was not far from extinction in the early 1800s. At that time, the Irish wolfhound it was used mainly for hunting, but the disappearance or near disappearance of wolves, deer, roe deer and wild boar in Ireland took away much of its usefulness. It survived because some families already used it as a pet.

The Irish wolfhound he probably owes his salvation to Commander H as well. D. Richardson, who wrote a book about dogs in 1842 (The Dog: Its Origin, Natural History, and Varieties), in which he suggested that the Irish wolfhound and the Deerhound they were the same race. This led him to start a breeding program for the Irish wolfhound using Irish wolfhound from the Glengarry area (Ireland), saving the race from the brink of extinction.

Captain George Augustus Graham was another breeder who, in the decade of 1860, kept the race alive. Crossed the Irish wolfhound with the Scottish Greyhoundby Glengarry, Borzoi – Russian Hunting Sighthound and the Tibetan Mastiff (Do-Khy) to avoid inbreeding. He also used the Irish wolfhound that had been crossed with the Great Dane harlequin. Graham was also responsible for the creation of the first breed club of the Irish wolfhound in 1885.

The Kennel Club, the leading british kennel club, was founded in 1873, but did not recognize the breed until 1925.

In United States, was recognized already in 1897 by the American Kennel Club (AKC). The other leading American organization, the UKC (United Kennel Club), it took a little longer to do the same, since it was not until 1921. It also, in 1927 a breed club was founded. Today, the irish greyhound is moderately popular in ireland, occupying an average of 75th place in 200 in the number of pedigrees issued annually by the AKC.

The International Cynological Federation did not recognize the Irish wolfhound until 1955.

Physical characteristics

The Irish wolfhound is the largest of Sighthounds and has an elongated and imposing body, with massive musculature and a broad back. Their legs are long, straight and strong; perfect to let you jump high.

His head is long and flat, and the skull is not very wide. The ears are located high on the skull and fold along it., in the characteristic style of Greyhounds.

The muzzle is long and slightly pointed, and the small dark eyes.

Finally, their fur has a wire texture; it is rough and quite short. The hair under the eyes and under the jaw is slightly curly and longer than the rest of the body. The color of the coat is gray, white, black, red, beige or tabby.

Weight and size

▷ Male size: 81 to 94 cm.
▷ female size: 71 to 81 cm.
▷ Male weight: 55 to 85 kg
▷ female weight: 50 to 70 kg

Character and skills

the size of the Irish wolfhound makes it not a suitable dog for everyone. In fact, even if it is quite passive, it is not recommended to live in an apartment, due to its size. You have to have enough space for everyone to move around easily. It also, how prone to joint problems (starting with the Hip Dysplasia), they are also not recommended for homes with stairs.

Therefore, the Irish wolfhound is much more comfortable in a place with enough space to stretch his legs, preferably with a fenced garden, to prevent the dog from escaping. A wireless electric fence probably wouldn't stop it, since his hunting instinct prevails.

In any case, even if you have access to a garden, it is important that you plan walks with your adult dog for at least 40 minutes a day. Once your need for exercise is satisfied, you will be happier to walk around the house with your family.

Whether walking or running, daily exercise should be much more limited with a puppy of Irish wolfhound, due to the fragility of your joints. It is best to start with a five-minute walk each day and then gradually increase the walking time.. The gradual increase in time and distance of exercise should continue until the child reaches maturity., to prevent joint damage. In any case, children under one year of age should not travel more than three kilometers.

It also, despite your affection and devotion to your loved ones, the Irish wolfhound not the most effective guard dog, as they do not have the reflex to start barking to warn of potential danger. It also, although its large size may be enough to scare away potential intruders, They are not the type to adopt an aggressive temperament towards a human, even if it is malicious. This is not incompatible with his ability to display great bravery; simply, despite his origin as a warrior dog, does not a priori perceive humans as a source of danger. They are often described as gentle giants who, despite its size, they can be very gentle with family and children.

In fact, this intelligent dog naturally seeks human company, making him an extremely loyal companion. They get along with everyone, and this is also true if they have to share their daily life with another dog.

On the other hand, as they have a strong hunting instinct, it can be quite difficult to get them to live with other pets, as they will soon be mistaken for prey. Although he is socialized from a young age to the presence of other species, there is always the risk that your natural instincts will overtake you, so this coexistence must always be carried out under supervision.

It is also his hunting instinct which explains why it is advisable to always keep him on a leash., to prevent it from chasing small animals, unfamiliar cats or even small dogs that may pass by. In fact, there is a real risk that you will be the victim of a traffic accident, 'Cause when he's worried about the hunt, he forgets his immediate surroundings, to the extent, for example, to cross a road without paying attention to possible vehicles.

Education

The Irish wolfhound he is a sensitive and intelligent dog, that it is easy to train if the owner uses positive reinforcement dog training techniques and knows how to stay calm in case of problems, but also rewards the dog when it responds well to instructions. On the other hand, if he is punished or if his owner raises his voice too much, likely to retract and isolate. It also requires a certain consistency in your education..

It also, when they are still small, the Irish wolfhound have a tendency to steal various objects, like shoes. Thus, it is often easier and safer to leave your dog in a crate at home when you are away. However, duration should be minimal: more than half a day would start to cause problems, as your dog needs to move and stretch to prevent joint damage. As i grow, and as long as your education is not deficient, You should understand that this is not acceptable behavior., and that impulse should pass, which would allow him to be let loose at home.

Health

The Irish wolfhound is one of the shortest-lived dog breeds and is prone to a variety of health problems, several of which are common to all large dogs :

The hepatic dog
This disease is the result of liver failure., that no longer fulfills its metabolic functions. This functional loss is the cause of serious metabolic disorders. (dehydration, diarrhea, etc.) and can cause the death of the dog . In the Irish wolfhound, the most common cause is intoxication from an inadequate dose of certain medications to which it is particularly sensitive.

Hip Dysplasia
Common in dogs of this size, can have several causes. In the case of the Irish wolfhound, is an inherited condition most often caused by the femur not fully inserting into the hip joint.

heart disorders
Dog heart problems do not spare the Irish Wolfhound. In particular, a third of the representatives of the breed have an increased risk of cardiac arrest caused by dilated cardiomyopathy (also called a heart strain).

▷ The dilation-torsion of the stomach.

It also, like all breeds of greyhounds , the Irish wolfhound have an increased sensitivity to anesthetics and certain medications. In the event of an intervention that requires anesthetizing the dog, it is essential to choose a veterinarian familiar with the Irish wolfhound and its physiological specificities, since a normal dose in another race can be fatal for him.

Life expectancy

Of 6 to 8 years

Grooming

The Irish wolfhound constantly changes, but not in excess. The dog's coat should be brushed once or twice a week to remove dead hair.. However, the coat is generally easy to care for, and it should not be necessary to bathe the dog more than once or twice a year, unless, Of course, that you come into contact with a substance that is dirty or harmful to your health.

Some owners trim their fur Irish wolfhound, but this is more for aesthetic reasons than a real need. This is done primarily for individuals shown at dog shows. In any case, longer hair around the ears can be trimmed slightly, legs or neck. The underbelly and tail hair can also be shortened to give the dog a proud appearance..

It is also advisable to brush the dog's teeth two or three times a week.. The dog's nails should be trimmed once or twice a month, depending on its wear.

Once a week, brushing the dog's coat is an opportunity to examine its general physical condition, for example, to make sure your ears or skin are not red or show other signs of infection.

Food

Like all large dogs, the Irish wolfhound has a big food budget. In fact, needed between 540 and 1.000 grams of quality dry food each day, administered in two meals: one in the morning and one at night. The exact amount should be determined with the help of your veterinarian., depending on the age and activity level of the dog.

In any case, due to the high risk of stomach bloating, it is important to avoid any intense physical activity in the hour before and especially after each meal.

Price of a “Irish wolfhound”

The Irish wolfhound not only is it an expensive dog to breed (due to the budget for food that it represents), but it is also one of the most expensive breeds to buy. The price of a puppy Irish wolfhound varies between the 1.350 and 1.800 EUR, without there being a significant difference between males and females.

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1 – “Irish wolfhound” by https://pixabay.com/es/photos/irish-wolfhound-chihuahua-poodle-mix-85578/
2 – Meet drew, the new “Irish wolfhound” rescued from my mother. A precious animal by Airwolfhound, CC BY-SA 2.0, via Wikimedia Commons
3 – “Irish wolfhound” by https://pixabay.com/es/photos/irish-wolfhound-perro-1789938/
4 – Attila, Irish Wolfhound, owner Ms.. Sylvie Saulue by Sylvie Saulue/Design Madeleine, CC BY-SA 3.0, via Wikimedia Commons
5 – Irish Wolfhound, striped, macho by Canarian, CC BY-SA 4.0, via Wikimedia Commons
6 – Yesterday my mother received a “Irish wolfhound” rescued. His owner couldn't keep him any longer due to a terminal illness, so the wolf rescue society contacted my mother to see if she would take him in, and he said yes 🙂 Amy and I picked it up yesterday, and this is me bonding with him 🙂 Taken with Amy's phone camera, so excuse the quality. by Airwolfhound, CC BY-SA 2.0, via Wikimedia Commons

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Type and recognitions:

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Federations:

  • FCI – Group 10: Section 2: Rough-haired Sighthounds
  • AKC – Hound
  • ANKC – Group 4 (Hounds)
  • CKC – Group 2 – Hounds
  • KC – Hound
  • NZKC – Hound
  • UKCSighthound and Pariah


FCI breed standard "Irish wolfhound"

FCIFCI - Irish wolfhound
Sighthound

Alternative names:

    1. Irish wolfhound (English).
    2. Irish wolfhound (French).
    3. Irish Wolfhound (German).
    4. (em inglês: Irish Wolfhound), Lébrel irlandês (Portuguese).
    5. Cazador de lobos irlandés, Lobero irlandés (español).

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Irish Terrier
Irlanda FCI 139 . Large and medium sized Terriers

Terrier Irlandés

The Irish Terrier it is a dog of pleasant appearance and endowed with an exceptional character.

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History

Where does he come from “Irish Terrier” originally?

The “Irish Terrier”, he is a high-ranking terrier. It is often called the “Irish Red” for its distinctive reddish fur. Its roots are, as in all terriers, a little on the ground. The name Terrier is derived from the Latin “Terra” for the earth. So they were dogs for movement on land and underground.

High-ranking terriers were supposed to run with the pack on fox hunts. When a fox took refuge in its burrow, the terriers had to chase him underground and get him out of the burrow, as it is called in the language of the hunters. One can imagine that the fox, after all a well fortified predator, does not voluntarily abandon its burrow. so a Irish Terrier I had to be very brave, fearless and defensive. Even today they “Irish Reds” they are hunting dogs in their hearts. They are not afraid and with every fiber they strive to do their job as well as possible. We can still experience all these qualities in the Irish Terrier as a companion dog.

They have a special charm but also the challenge of their ancestors.. But red Irish was also used in many different ways at home and on the farm.. He had to keep the yard free of mice and rats., protect chickens, pigeons and rabbits for the night of the martens and foxes. Finally, had to watch the farm and its inhabitants and, if necessary, protect them.

Ludwig Beckmann reported in 1895, In his two-volume work on the “dog breeds”, that already in 1847 in Ireland they had begun to breed an independent terrier, the ancestor of the current Irish Terrier. At least that's what the Irish claimed, while the English for a long time dismissed this dog as a variety.

Until 1880 the color of the Irish Terrier was, in fact, still quite uneven. Only little by little did Irish breeders mark their dog with the red coat color as something special. But then it became very popular, even in England and especially in the US, where many Irish had emigrated. The first special breed club for Irish Terriers was founded very soon, the 31 in March of 1879 in Dublin. It was then the first race of Irish Terrier in being officially recognized by the British Kennel Club with Ireland as country of origin.

Physical characteristics

How is a “Irish Terrier”?

The Irish Terrier it's a medium sized terrier, high-ranking and distinctive in appearance. This starts with their reddish fur. It is built almost square. The legs lower vertically, the long tail stands tall, the neck stretches up. The head, eyes and ears underline their alert appearance. You can feel that every fiber of his muscular body is under tension. The standard tells us…

…seem active, lively, agile and energetic and have a lot of substance without showing any clumsiness, because speed and endurance as well as strength are essential to the race. The Irish Terrier should not appear clumsy or amorphous; the contour of his body and figure must demonstrate speed, grace and fleetingness.

Their coat should be thick and lean in texture. Must be, according to technical jargon, broken or broken, that is to say, it should look tough and tough and, However, be extended. The head is also hairy, giving the impression of a beard. The “irish red” should be evenly red, wheat-red or yellow-red. Apart from color, the Irish Terrier reminds a bit of a small and elegant Airedale Terrier, which is also quite similar to him in character.

How tall is a “Irish Terrier”?

One Irish Terrier It has a height at the withers of about 45 centimeters with a weight of about 12 kg. Males are slightly larger and heavier than females.

How long does a “Irish Terrier”?

as a rule, the Irish Terriers they enjoy a long canine life of more than 12 years in top physical condition.

Character and skills

The Irish Terrier it's a power pack. It is lively, alert, concise. Always attentive, vigilant, non-aggressive, but without fear and in an emergency you are also ready to fight. It is said that the Irish Terrier he is very hard on himself and would face dangers and even his own injuries with extreme contempt. It is still used as a working dog in its country of origin.. There he does a good job as a yard dog, guard and hunting. In today's hunting it is mainly used for post-shot work.. The official standard describes its character very accurately:

The Irish Terrier, although determined and able to face other dogs, is remarkably loyal, kind and affectionate with people; However, when he is attacked, show the courage of a lion and fight to the bitter end. It is wrongly said that the Irish Terrier he gets into fights with other dogs easily, sometimes even in the exhibition ring. Although it does not avoid any dispute when circumstances require it, the Irish Terrier it is easy to train and it is a sociable domestic dog; still embodies the qualities that, according to previous descriptions, they had turned him into “guardian of the poor, friend of farmers and beloved of distinguished gentlemen”.

The Irish Terrier he is essentially a reckless and not a lapdog. However, nowadays it is doing very well as a companion and family dog. He is a faithful companion, vigilant, warm and loving for young and old, as long as one allows oneself and him the movement. It has a big character, self-confident and never submissive, that one should respect and appreciate. In his book on Irish “Jerry the Islander”, the great writer Jack London expresses his respect for this great character in the following words: “Jerry, you are gold, pure gold, inside and outside, and no dog in the whole world can compete with you. You have a heart of gold, golden dog; be good to me and love me, and i will be good to you and i will love you now and always”.

Care and health “Irish Terrier”

The Irish Terriers they are very easy to care for. However, your coat should be professionally trimmed and should never be sheared. During clipping, three to four times a year, dead hair is professionally plucked.

Most Irish Terriers are in robust health. Here and there skin diseases occur (hiperqueratosis) or metabolic diseases (cistinuria). Sometimes inbreeding is a problem.

What food is best for a “Irish Terrier”?

The Irish Terrier has no special dietary needs. High quality food is of course good for your health. like most dogs, sometimes he likes a meaty beef bone.

where can you buy a “irish errier”?

The best way to buy your puppy Irish Terrier is to buy it locally from a breeder registered with the FCI. You must have tested your dogs for the special risks of inherited diseases. There should also be no inbreeding, that can be estimated from the pedigree, if no name appears there twice. The breeder must have his litter well documented by photo. You should be able to see the litter along with the mother bitch, after the fix, in the place. Please, don't buy one Irish Terrier by Internet, because there is a high risk that the puppy will come from a dog vendor or breeder, normally well camouflaged.

Education and maintenance “Irish Terrier”

Keep a Irish Terrier It is not a problem. It has no demands regarding the size of the apartment. The biggest challenge is his temperament. The Irish Terriers they need challenges of a physical and mental nature.

As a companion dog they are suitable for a wide range of tasks.. They are very suitable for various dog sports. The Irish Terriers are well positioned as joggers or in moderation, companions of a cyclist. Their aptitude and willingness to work means both a challenge and an obligation to their masters and mistresses., and that in any weather.

They must be used to other pets from birth, otherwise they will be seen as prey. The Irish Terriers they are very suitable as playmates for children, since they are prepared for any adventure and are robust enough to play with children. However, the house rules must be correct and the terrier must know his role in the family. On the street he tends to fight with other dogs. Due to its moderate size, his low weight and his good obedience – properly trained – is a companion without problems in all life situations.

Can be carried very well in the transport box, if you've gotten used to it from a young age. The typical Irish Terrier can be trained and educated very well. The clear announcement and the consequence are the magic words here based on a respectful and loving relationship with the master or mistress. Its undoubted leadership role must always be present, otherwise the irishman thinks he has to handle things himself.

Characteristics "Irish Terrier"

Coexistence is important that you have with your new friend. Before considering the acquisition of a dog of the breed "Irish Terrier" you know certain factors. Not all breeds of dogs are apt to live in an apartment, you must take into account his character, their need for exercise, their interaction with other pets, their care and if you have small children, their level of tolerance towards them.

Adaptation ⓘ

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friendly dog ​​ⓘ

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hair loss ⓘ

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Affection level ⓘ

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Need for exercise ⓘ

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Social need ⓘ

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Home ⓘ

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Toilet ⓘ

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Friendly with strangers ⓘ

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barking ⓘ

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Health ⓘ

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Territorial ⓘ

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Cat friendly ⓘ

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Intelligence ⓘ

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Versatility ⓘ

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Child friendly ⓘ

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Surveillance ⓘ

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joy ⓘ

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Images "Irish Terrier"

Photos:

1 – Irish Red Terrier during dog’s show in Racibórz, Poland by https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/User:Pleple2000
2 – Irish Terrier by Batman1000 / CC BY-SA
3 – Irish Terrier by Anne Sollerud / CC BY
4 – Irish Terrier puppy by https://www.flickr.com/people/24649496@N00
5 – Irish Red Terrier during dog’s show in Racibórz, Poland by https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/User:Pleple2000
6 – Irish Red Terrier during dog’s show in Racibórz, Poland by Pleple2000 / CC BY-SA

Videos "Irish Terrier"

Type and recognitions:

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Federations:

  • FCI – Terriers 1 Large and medium-sized terriers.
  • AKC – Terrier
  • ANKC – Terrier
  • CKC – Terrier
  • ​KC – Terrier
  • NZKC – Terrier
  • UKC – Terrier


FCI breed standard "Irish Terrier"

FCIFCI - Irish Terrier
Terrier

Alternative names:

    1. Irish Red Terrier (English).
    2. Irish Terrier (French).
    3. Irischer Terrier (German).
    4. Brocaire rua, rish red terrier, Irish terrier (Portuguese).
    5. Irish Red Terrier, Irish terrier (español).