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Irish Setter vs American Water Spaniel vs English Springer Spaniel – Which one is a better dog breed for you?

"Find similarities and differences between Irish Setter vs American Water Spaniel vs English Springer Spaniel" Compare Irish Setter and American Water Spaniel. Which is better: Irish Setter or American Water Spaniel or English Springer Spaniel?
Name Irish Setter American Water Spaniel English Springer Spaniel
OriginsIreland United States England
Group Gun Dog Gun Dog Gun Dog
Popularity Rank7216727
Reviews102
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Other Names Red Setter, Irish Red Setter AWS, American Brown Spaniel, American Brown Water Spaniel Springer Spaniel
Breed Type Purebred Purebred Purebred
AKC Group Recognized by the American Kennel Club in 1878 as a Sporting breed. Recognized by the American Kennel Club in 1940 as a Sporting breed. Recognized by the American Kennel Club in 1910 as a Sporting breed.
FCI Group Recognized by FCI in the Pointing Dogs group, in the British and Irish Pointers and Setters section. Recognized by FCI in the Retrievers - Flushing Dogs - Water Dogs group, in the Water Dogs section. Recognized by FCI in the Retrievers - Flushing Dogs - Water Dogs group, in the Flushing Dogs section.
Breed Recognition 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
American Canine Registry
American Kennel Club
America's Pet Registry
Canadian Kennel Club
Dog Registry of America Inc.
Federation Cynologique Internationale
North American Purebred Registry, Inc.
American Canine Association, Inc.
Continental Kennel Club
National Kennel Club
United Kennel Club
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
Price $800-$1000 $800-$1000 $700-$800

General Appearance - Irish Setter vs American Water Spaniel vs English Springer Spaniel

Size Large Medium Medium
Weight Male: 65-75 pounds (29-34 kg), Female: 55-65 pounds (25-29 kg) 25-45 pounds (11-20 kg) Male: 45-55 pounds (20-25 kg), Female: 40-50 pounds (18-23 kg)
Avg. Weight Male: 70 pounds (31.5 kg), Female: 60 pounds (27 kg) 35 pounds (15.5 kg) Male: 50 pounds (22.5 kg), Female: 45 pounds (20.5 kg)
Height Male: 26-28 inches (66-71 cm), Female: 24-26 inches (61-66 cm) 15-18 inches (36-46 cm) Male: 19-21 inches (48-56 cm), Female:18-20 inches (46-51 cm)
Avg. Height Male: 27 inches (68.5 cm), Female: 25 inches (63.5 cm) 16.5 inches (41 cm) Male: 20 inches (52 cm), Female:19 inches (48.5 cm)

Hair & Care - Irish Setter vs American Water Spaniel vs English Springer Spaniel

Coat Fine Curly Feathered
Colors Mahogany
Red
Brown
Liver
Chocolate
White
Liver
Tan
Black
Grooming
Advanced: The Irish Setter requires a lot of grooming.
Average: The American Water Spaniel requires average grooming effort.
Advanced: The English Springer Spaniel requires a lot of grooming.
Shedding Level
Irish Setters shed moderately.
American Water Spaniels shed none to minimal.
English Springer Spaniels shed moderately.

Characteristics - Irish Setter vs American Water Spaniel vs English Springer Spaniel

Temperament Affectionate
Energetic
Lively
Intelligent
Companionable
Independent
Playful
Energetic
Intelligent
Protective
Friendly
Obedient
Trainable
Affectionate
Cheerful
Intelligent
Social
Alert
Energetic
Playful
Intelligent Rank
Smart: Irish Setter's has great intelligence.
Average: American Water Spaniel's has average obedience intelligence.
Very smart: English Springer Spaniel is an excellent dog breed.
Trainability
Irish Setters are very easy to train.
American Water Spaniels are easy to train.
English Springer Spaniels are easy to train.
Playfulness
The Irish Setter is a highly playful breed.
The American Water Spaniel is a highly playful breed.
The English Springer Spaniel is a highly playful breed.
Sensitivity Level
They are a little bit more sensitive than other dog breeds.
American Water Spaniels don't like an irregular daily routine, noisy household and frequent guest visits.
They are a little bit more sensitive than other dog breeds.
Affection Level
Irish Setters are genuinely loyal, soft and gentle, loving and affectionate dogs toward their handlers.
American Water Spaniels are genuinely loyal, soft and gentle, loving and affectionate dogs toward their handlers.
English Springer Spaniels are genuinely loyal, soft and gentle, loving and affectionate dogs toward their handlers.
Social Needs
Irish Setters need a lot of social interaction.
American Water Spaniels need a lot of social interaction.
English Springer Spaniels are a social breed.
Barking
Low: The Irish Setter barks none to minimal.
Average: The American Water Spaniel barks occasionally.
Average: The English Springer Spaniel barks occasionally.
Watchdog Ability
Irish Setters are average watchdogs.
American Water Spaniels are good watchdogs.
English Springer Spaniels are average watchdogs.
Territorial
Irish Setters are not the best to protect their territory.
American Water Spaniels are extremely protective guard dogs.
English Springer Spaniels are average defenders.
Biting Potential Low
The Irish Setter has a low chance of biting somebody.
Low
The American Water Spaniel has a low chance of biting somebody.
Low
The English Springer Spaniel has a low chance of biting somebody.
Mouthiness
Irish Setters have a strong tendency to nip, chew, play-bite, or herd people.
American Water Spaniels have a strong tendency to nip, chew, play-bite, or herd people.
English Springer Spaniels have an average tendency to nip, chew, play-bite, or herd people.
Impulse to Wander or Roam
Irish Setters have high wanderlust potential, which means that this breed has a strong desire for exploring the world.
American Water Spaniels have high wanderlust potential, which means that this breed has a strong desire for exploring the world.
Wanderlust potential of the English Springer Spaniel is strong enough to escape from home.
Prey Drive
Irish Setters have a high impulse to chase and catch something.
American Water Spaniels have low to an average impulse to chase and catch something like a cat or any other small aminals.
English Springer Spaniels have a high impulse to chase and catch something.
Apartment Friendly
Irish Setters are not apartment-friendly dogs.
American Water Spaniels are very apartment-friendly dogs.
English Springer Spaniels are very apartment-friendly dogs.
Adaptability
Irish Setters adapt very well to lifestyle changes and basically all living environments.
American Water Spaniels adapt very well to lifestyle changes and basically all living environments.
English Springer Spaniels adapt very well to lifestyle changes and basically all living environments.
Tolerates Being Left Alone
Irish Setters tend to have separation anxiety when their owners left them alone at home because they bond very closely with them.
American Water Spaniels tend to have separation anxiety when their owners left them alone at home because they bond very closely with them.
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.
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 - Irish Setter vs American Water Spaniel vs English Springer Spaniel

Stranger Friendly
Irish Setters are very stranger friendly dogs.
American Water Spaniels are very stranger friendly dogs.
English Springer Spaniels are very stranger friendly dogs.
Child Friendly
Irish Setters are very kid-friendly dogs.
American Water Spaniels are very kid-friendly dogs.
English Springer Spaniels are kid-friendly dogs.
Cat Friendly
Irish Setters are very cat-friendly dogs.
American Water Spaniels are average friendly towards cats.
English Springer Spaniels are average friendly towards cats.
Dog Friendly
Irish Setters are very dog-friendly dogs.
American Water Spaniels are not the most dog-friendly dogs.
English Springer Spaniels are very dog-friendly dogs.
Office Friendly No
Irish Setter is not the best dog breed for office environment.
No
American Water Spaniel is not the best dog breed for office environment.
No
English Springer Spaniel is not the best dog breed for office environment.
Senior Citizens Friendly
Irish Setters are one of the best breeds for elderly people.
American Water Spaniels are one of the best breeds for elderly people.
English Springer Spaniels are usually recommended for elderly people.
Pet Friendly
Irish Setters are one of the friendliest dog breeds.
American Water Spaniels are generally with other pets.
English Springer Spaniels are generally with other pets.
Good For First Time Owners No
Irish Setters are not good for novice owners, due to their stubborn personality.
No
American Water Spaniels are not good for novice owners, due to their stubborn personality.
No
English Springer Spaniels 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 Yes
This breed makes a perfect therapy dog.
Not really
This breed generally not used as a therapy dog.
Not really
This breed generally not used as a therapy dog.
Detection Dog or Sniffer Dog 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.
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.
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.
Search and Rescue Dog (SAR) 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.
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.
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.
Boat Dog Yes
Irish Setter breed usually likes being on a boat.
Yes
American Water Spaniel breed usually likes being on a boat.
Not really
English Springer Spaniel breed usually doesn't like 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 - Irish Setter vs American Water Spaniel vs English Springer Spaniel

Health Issues
The Irish Setter is a healthy breed, but there are certain health issues that you should check with your vet regularly.
The American Water Spaniel is a healthy breed, but there are certain health issues that you should check with your vet regularly.
English Springer Spaniels are commonly healthy dogs.
Health Problems Bloat
Cancer
Canine Leukocyte
Epilepsy
Hip Dysplasia
Hypertrophic Osteodystrophy
Hypothyroidism
Osteochondrosis Dissecans
Panosteitis
Progressive retinal atrophy (PRA)
Allergies
Cataracts
Degenerative Myelopathy
Distichiasis
Epilepsy
Heart Disease
Hip Dysplasia
Hypothyroidism
Mitral Valve Disease
Progressive retinal atrophy (PRA)
Retinal Dysplasia
Allergies
Ear Infections
Ectropion
Hip Dysplasia
Phosphofructokinase deficiency (Tarui disease, PFK)
Progressive retinal atrophy (PRA)
Retinal Dysplasia
Life Expectancy 12-14 years 10-13 years 10-14 years
Hypoallergenic No No No
Energy Level
Irish Setters are high energy dogs.
American Water Spaniels are high energy dogs.
English Springer Spaniels are high energy dogs.
Exercise Need
Irish Setters need a lot of exercises.
American Water Spaniels need a lot of exercises.
English Springer Spaniels need a lot of exercises.
Sleeping Need
Irish Setters don't need too much sleep.
American Water Spaniels don't need too much sleep.
English Springer Spaniels don't need too much sleep.
Avg. daily food consumption 3 to 4 cups of high-quality dry food a day, divided into two meals. 1 to 1.5 cups of high-quality dry food a day, divided into two meals. 3 to 4.5 cups of high-quality dry food a day, divided into two meals.
Weight Gain Potential
Average.
Average.
Average.
Weather & Climate 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.
Prefers average to warm weather conditions Tolerates warm and cold weather.
Stinkiness High
The Irish Setter has a high chance of bad smell.
Medium
The American Water Spaniel has an average chance of bad smell.
Medium
The English Springer Spaniel has an average chance of bad smell.
Drooling tendency
The Irish Setter is a perfect example for low drooling tendency.
The American Water Spaniel is a perfect example for very low drooling tendency.
The English Springer Spaniel is a perfect example for very low drooling tendency.

Reproducibility - Irish Setter vs American Water Spaniel vs English Springer Spaniel

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 7-10 puppies 4-6 puppies 4-10 puppies

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