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|Irish Setters get along well with children, other dogs, and any household pets, and will
enthusiastically greet visitors. Even though they do well with household pets, small animals
may pose a problem for this breed, as they are a hunting breed. Some Irish setters may
have problems with cats in the house, and may be too rambunctious with small children.
As the FCI, ANKC and UK Standards state, the breed should be "Demonstrably
affectionate." As a result, Irish Setters make excellent companion animals and family pets.
Irish Setters are an active breed, and require long, daily walks and off-lead running in
wide, open spaces. They are, however, a breed with a tendency to 'play deaf,' so careful
training on mastering the recall should be undertaken before allowing them off-lead.
Irish Setters enjoy having a job to do. Lack of activity will lead to a bored, destructive, or
even hyperactive dog. This is not a breed that can be left alone in the backyard for long
periods of time, nor should they be. Irish Setters thrive on constant human
companionship. Irish Setters respond swiftly to positive training and are highly
intelligent.Though they are usually alert to their surroundings, Irish Setters are not
well-suited as guard dogs, as they are not a naturally aggressive breed.
Irish Setters are also widely used as therapy dogs in schools and hospitals. Therapy dogs
are permitted in hospitals that allow service dogs and can visit patients on the assigned
floors. Recently Irish Setters have been used in the READ Programs. This is a venue
where the therapy dogs are permitted in schools and then asked to sit with children as the
students read to the Irish Setter. This process helps to enable the student the ability to
read without being corrected or judged. Generally the Irish Setter will lay on the floor with
the student as the student continues to read, in this calming and relaxed setting. Irish
Setters are people dogs that do require to be with their humans.
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