Irish Setter as Hunting Dog
This beautiful dog with its gently flowing silky red colored coat is in reality better suited to being a companion or show dog than a breed devoted to hunting. Over the last century this breed has been used less and less as a hunting dog and more and more as a show dog or companion dog. It is probably due to its extreme beauty and the fact that so many people have fancied it as a companion dog that this breed has over time lost so much of its instinctive hunting qualities. There are some canine experts that believe that the lack of skill and hunting prowess the Irish setter now has is in fact due to the many generations of this breed that were not trained or raised as hunters due to the fact that people wanted them solely for their appearances and not their skills on the hunt. It must be noted that while Irish setters can make good pointers they are extremely tender animals and they don't hold up well on rough terrain or in hot weather. So while there are always exceptions in general we would not recommend the Irish setter as an hunting dog but rather for what it is best suited nowadays and that is as a companion dog or show dog. This is not to say that under the right circumstances this breed cannot be used as a hunting dog and in fact there are many who would hotly contest that they make fine hunters. But it must be noted that they are by no means one of the hardier setters nor should they be treated as such.