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English Springer Spaniel vs German Shorthaired Pointer vs Irish Setter – Which one is a better dog breed for you?

"Find similarities and differences between English Springer Spaniel vs German Shorthaired Pointer vs Irish Setter" Compare English Springer Spaniel and German Shorthaired Pointer. Which is better: English Springer Spaniel or German Shorthaired Pointer or Irish Setter?
Name English Springer Spaniel German Shorthaired Pointer Irish Setter
OriginsEngland Germany Ireland
Group Gun Dog Gun Dog Gun Dog
Popularity Rank271072
Reviews231
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Other Names Springer Spaniel Deutsch Kurzhaar, Kurzhaar, GSP, DK, Deutscher Kurzhaariger Vorstehhund Red Setter, Irish Red Setter
Breed Type Purebred Purebred Purebred
AKC Group Recognized by the American Kennel Club in 1910 as a Sporting breed. Recognized by the American Kennel Club in 1930 as a Sporting breed. Recognized by the American Kennel Club in 1878 as a Sporting breed.
FCI Group Recognized by FCI in the Retrievers - Flushing Dogs - Water Dogs group, in the Flushing Dogs section. Recognized by FCI in the Pointing Dogs group, in the Continental Pointing Dogs section. Recognized by FCI in the Pointing Dogs group, in the British and Irish Pointers and Setters section.
Breed Recognition American Canine Registry
America's Pet Registry
Canadian Kennel Club
Dog Registry of America Inc.
Federation Cynologique Internationale
Kennel Club of Great Britain
North American Purebred Registry, Inc.
American Canine Association, Inc.
Australian National Kennel Council
Continental Kennel Club
National Kennel Club
New Zealand Kennel Club
United Kennel Club
Canadian Canine Registry
American Kennel Club
Canadian Kennel Club
Federation Cynologique Internationale
Kennel Club of Great Britain
Australian National Kennel Council
New Zealand Kennel Club
United Kennel Club
American Canine Registry
American Kennel Club
America's Pet Registry
Canadian Kennel Club
Dog Registry of America Inc.
Federation Cynologique Internationale
Kennel Club of Great Britain
North American Purebred Registry, Inc.
American Canine Association, Inc.
Australian National Kennel Council
Continental Kennel Club
National Kennel Club
New Zealand Kennel Club
United Kennel Club
Canadian Canine Registry
Price $700-$800 $600-$800 $800-$1000

General Appearance - English Springer Spaniel vs German Shorthaired Pointer vs Irish Setter

Size Medium Large
Medium
Large
Weight Male: 45-55 pounds (20-25 kg), Female: 40-50 pounds (18-23 kg) Male: 55-70 pounds (25-32 kg), Female: 45-60 pounds (20-27 kg) Male: 65-75 pounds (29-34 kg), Female: 55-65 pounds (25-29 kg)
Avg. Weight Male: 50 pounds (22.5 kg), Female: 45 pounds (20.5 kg) Male: 62.5 pounds (28.5 kg), Female: 52.5 pounds (23.5 kg) Male: 70 pounds (31.5 kg), Female: 60 pounds (27 kg)
Height Male: 19-21 inches (48-56 cm), Female:18-20 inches (46-51 cm) Male: 23-25 inches (59-64 cm), Female: 21-23 inches (53-58 cm) Male: 26-28 inches (66-71 cm), Female: 24-26 inches (61-66 cm)
Avg. Height Male: 20 inches (52 cm), Female:19 inches (48.5 cm) Male: 24 inches (61.5 cm), Female: 22 inches (55.5 cm) Male: 27 inches (68.5 cm), Female: 25 inches (63.5 cm)

Hair & Care - English Springer Spaniel vs German Shorthaired Pointer vs Irish Setter

Coat Feathered Dense Fine
Colors White
Liver
Tan
Black
Roan
Liver
White
Black
Mahogany
Red
Grooming
Advanced: The English Springer Spaniel requires a lot of grooming.
Effortless: The German Shorthaired Pointer requires minimal grooming.
Advanced: The Irish Setter requires a lot of grooming.
Shedding Level
English Springer Spaniels shed moderately.
German Shorthaired Pointers shed moderately.
Irish Setters shed moderately.

Characteristics - English Springer Spaniel vs German Shorthaired Pointer vs Irish Setter

Temperament Affectionate
Cheerful
Intelligent
Social
Alert
Energetic
Playful
Affectionate
Bold
Intelligent
Boisterous
Cooperative
Trainable
Affectionate
Energetic
Lively
Intelligent
Companionable
Independent
Playful
Intelligent Rank
Very smart: English Springer Spaniel is an excellent dog breed.
Very smart: German Shorthaired Pointer is an excellent dog breed.
Smart: Irish Setter's has great intelligence.
Trainability
English Springer Spaniels are easy to train.
German Shorthaired Pointers are very easy to train.
Irish Setters are very easy to train.
Playfulness
The English Springer Spaniel is a highly playful breed.
The German Shorthaired Pointer is a highly playful breed.
The Irish Setter is a highly playful breed.
Sensitivity Level
They are a little bit more sensitive than other dog breeds.
They are a little bit more sensitive than other dog breeds.
They are a little bit more sensitive than other dog breeds.
Affection Level
English Springer Spaniels are genuinely loyal, soft and gentle, loving and affectionate dogs toward their handlers.
German Shorthaired Pointers are highly affectionate dogs.
Irish Setters are genuinely loyal, soft and gentle, loving and affectionate dogs toward their handlers.
Social Needs
English Springer Spaniels are a social breed.
German Shorthaired Pointers need for social interaction is average.
Irish Setters need a lot of social interaction.
Barking
Average: The English Springer Spaniel barks occasionally.
Average: The German Shorthaired Pointer barks occasionally.
Low: The Irish Setter barks none to minimal.
Watchdog Ability
English Springer Spaniels are average watchdogs.
German Shorthaired Pointers are average watchdogs.
Irish Setters are average watchdogs.
Territorial
English Springer Spaniels are average defenders.
German Shorthaired Pointers are average defenders.
Irish Setters are not the best to protect their territory.
Biting Potential Low
The English Springer Spaniel has a low chance of biting somebody.
Low
The German Shorthaired Pointer has a low chance of biting somebody.
Low
The Irish Setter has a low chance of biting somebody.
Mouthiness
English Springer Spaniels have an average tendency to nip, chew, play-bite, or herd people.
German Shorthaired Pointers have a higher than average tendency to nip, chew, play-bite, or herd people.
Irish Setters have a strong tendency to nip, chew, play-bite, or herd people.
Impulse to Wander or Roam
Wanderlust potential of the English Springer Spaniel is strong enough to escape from home.
German Shorthaired Pointers have high wanderlust potential, which means that this breed has a strong desire for exploring the world.
Irish Setters have high wanderlust potential, which means that this breed has a strong desire for exploring the world.
Prey Drive
English Springer Spaniels have a high impulse to chase and catch something.
German Shorthaired Pointers have a high impulse to chase and catch something.
Irish Setters have a high impulse to chase and catch something.
Apartment Friendly
English Springer Spaniels are very apartment-friendly dogs.
German Shorthaired Pointers are not apartment-friendly dogs.
Irish Setters are not apartment-friendly dogs.
Adaptability
English Springer Spaniels adapt very well to lifestyle changes and basically all living environments.
German Shorthaired Pointers adapt well to lifestyle changes and different living environments.
Irish Setters adapt very well to lifestyle changes and basically all living environments.
Tolerates Being Left Alone
English Springer Spaniels do best when a family member is at home during the day or if their workplace is dog-friendly so they can take the dog at work.
Just like every puppy, they are prone to panic, cry, bark, whine when they left alone by their owner.
Irish Setters tend to have separation anxiety when their owners left them alone at home because they bond very closely with them.
Fighting Dog Not really
In history, this breed was not really used for combat dog.
Not really
In history, this breed was not really used for combat dog.
Not really
In history, this breed was not really used for combat dog.

Good With - English Springer Spaniel vs German Shorthaired Pointer vs Irish Setter

Stranger Friendly
English Springer Spaniels are very stranger friendly dogs.
German Shorthaired Pointers are average friendly towards strangers.
Irish Setters are very stranger friendly dogs.
Child Friendly
English Springer Spaniels are kid-friendly dogs.
German Shorthaired Pointers are kid-friendly dogs.
Irish Setters are very kid-friendly dogs.
Cat Friendly
English Springer Spaniels are average friendly towards cats.
German Shorthaired Pointers are not cat-friendly dogs.
Irish Setters are very cat-friendly dogs.
Dog Friendly
English Springer Spaniels are very dog-friendly dogs.
German Shorthaired Pointers are dog-friendly dogs.
Irish Setters are very dog-friendly dogs.
Office Friendly No
English Springer Spaniel is not the best dog breed for office environment.
No
German Shorthaired Pointer is not the best dog breed for office environment.
No
Irish Setter is not the best dog breed for office environment.
Senior Citizens Friendly
English Springer Spaniels are usually recommended for elderly people.
German Shorthaired Pointers are usually recommended for elderly people.
Irish Setters are one of the best breeds for elderly people.
Pet Friendly
English Springer Spaniels are generally with other pets.
German Shorthaired Pointers do best when they’re the only pet at the family.
Irish Setters are one of the friendliest dog breeds.
Good For First Time Owners No
English Springer Spaniels are not good for novice owners, due to their stubborn personality.
No
German Shorthaired Pointers are not good for novice owners, due to their stubborn personality.
No
Irish Setters are not good for novice owners, due to their stubborn personality.
Service Dog Not really
This breed generally not used as a service dog.
Not really
This breed generally not used as a service dog.
Not really
This breed generally not used as a service dog.
Therapy Dog Not really
This breed generally not used as a therapy dog.
Not really
This breed generally not used as a therapy dog.
Yes
This breed makes a perfect therapy dog.
Detection Dog or Sniffer Dog Yes
A detection dog or sniffer dog is a dog that is trained to use its senses (mostly its smell) to detect substances such as explosives, illegal drugs, wildlife scat, currency, blood, and contraband electronics such as illicit mobile phones.
Yes
A detection dog or sniffer dog is a dog that is trained to use its senses (mostly its smell) to detect substances such as explosives, illegal drugs, wildlife scat, currency, blood, and contraband electronics such as illicit mobile phones.
Not really
A detection dog or sniffer dog is a dog that is trained to use its senses (mostly its smell) to detect substances such as explosives, illegal drugs, wildlife scat, currency, blood, and contraband electronics such as illicit mobile phones.
Search and Rescue Dog (SAR) Yes
The use of dogs in search and rescue (SAR) is a valuable component in wilderness tracking, natural disasters, mass casualty events, and in locating missing people.
Yes
The use of dogs in search and rescue (SAR) is a valuable component in wilderness tracking, natural disasters, mass casualty events, and in locating missing people.
Not really
The use of dogs in search and rescue (SAR) is a valuable component in wilderness tracking, natural disasters, mass casualty events, and in locating missing people.
Boat Dog Not really
English Springer Spaniel breed usually doesn't like being on a boat.
Not really
German Shorthaired Pointer breed usually doesn't like being on a boat.
Yes
Irish Setter breed usually likes being on a boat.
Cart Pulling or Drafting Dog Not really
A drafting dog or draft dog is a dog bred and used for cart pulling.
Not really
A drafting dog or draft dog is a dog bred and used for cart pulling.
Not really
A drafting dog or draft dog is a dog bred and used for cart pulling.

Health Factors - English Springer Spaniel vs German Shorthaired Pointer vs Irish Setter

Health Issues
English Springer Spaniels are commonly healthy dogs.
German Shorthaired Pointers are commonly healthy dogs.
The Irish Setter is a healthy breed, but there are certain health issues that you should check with your vet regularly.
Health Problems Allergies
Ear Infections
Ectropion
Hip Dysplasia
Phosphofructokinase deficiency (Tarui disease, PFK)
Progressive retinal atrophy (PRA)
Retinal Dysplasia
Gastric Torsion
Hypothyroidism
Canine Hip Dysplasia (CHD)
Osteochondrosis Dissecans
Von Willebrand's Disease
Entropion
Pannus
Lymphedema
Cardiomyopathy
Progressive retinal atrophy (PRA)
Bloat
Cancer
Canine Leukocyte
Epilepsy
Hip Dysplasia
Hypertrophic Osteodystrophy
Hypothyroidism
Osteochondrosis Dissecans
Panosteitis
Progressive retinal atrophy (PRA)
Life Expectancy 10-14 years 12-14 years 12-14 years
Hypoallergenic No No No
Energy Level
English Springer Spaniels are high energy dogs.
German Shorthaired Pointers are high energy dogs.
Irish Setters are high energy dogs.
Exercise Need
English Springer Spaniels need a lot of exercises.
German Shorthaired Pointers need a lot of exercises.
Irish Setters need a lot of exercises.
Sleeping Need
English Springer Spaniels don't need too much sleep.
German Shorthaired Pointers don't need too much sleep.
Irish Setters don't need too much sleep.
Avg. daily food consumption 3 to 4.5 cups of high-quality dry food a day, divided into two meals. 3 to 4 cups of high-quality dry food a day, divided into two meals. 3 to 4 cups of high-quality dry food a day, divided into two meals.
Weight Gain Potential
Average.
Average.
Average.
Weather & Climate Tolerates warm and cold weather. Prefers average to warm weather conditions Prefers average to cold weather conditions
The Irish Setter can adapt to well to cold weather conditions, some dogs even can be a good mountain dog.
Stinkiness Medium
The English Springer Spaniel has an average chance of bad smell.
Medium
The German Shorthaired Pointer has an average chance of bad smell.
High
The Irish Setter has a high chance of bad smell.
Drooling tendency
The English Springer Spaniel is a perfect example for very low drooling tendency.
The German Shorthaired Pointer is a perfect example for low drooling tendency.
The Irish Setter is a perfect example for low drooling tendency.

Reproducibility - English Springer Spaniel vs German Shorthaired Pointer vs Irish Setter

Gestation Length 60-64 days 60-64 days 60-64 days
How often can the have a litter? Once a year.
More frequent breeding is not healthy.
Once a year.
More frequent breeding is not healthy.
Once a year.
More frequent breeding is not healthy.
Litter Size 4-10 puppies 7-12 puppies 7-10 puppies

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