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Irish Setter vs Gordon Setter vs English Setter Comparison - Dog breed selector: Red Setter or Gordon Castle Setters or Lawerack? Find the right dog for you

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Name Irish Setter Gordon Setter English Setter
OriginsIreland Scotland England
Group Gun Dog Gun Dog Gun Dog
Popularity Rank7210495
Reviews112
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Other Names Red Setter, Irish Red Setter Gordon Castle Setters Lawerack, Laverack, Llewellin (or Llewellyn) Setter
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 1878 as a Sporting breed. Recognized by the American Kennel Club in 1878 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 Pointing Dogs group, in the British and Irish Pointers and Setters section. Recognized by FCI in the Pointing Dogs group, in the British and Irish Pointers and Setters 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
Australian National Kennel Council
Canadian Kennel Club
Continental Kennel Club
Dog Registry of America Inc.
Federation Cynologique Internationale
Kennel Club of Great Britain
National Kennel Club
New Zealand Kennel Club
North American Purebred Registry, Inc.
United Kennel Club
American Canine Association, Inc.
Unknown
Price $800-$1000 $800-$1000 $400-$600

Irish Setter vs Gordon Setter vs English Setter General Appearance Comparison

Size Large Large Large
Weight Male: 65-75 pounds (29-34 kg), Female: 55-65 pounds (25-29 kg) Male: 55-80 pounds (25-36 kg), Female: 45-70 pounds (20-32 kg) Male: 55-80 pounds (25-36 kg), Female: 45-70 pounds (20-32 kg)
Avg. Weight Male: 70 pounds (31.5 kg), Female: 60 pounds (27 kg) Male: 67.5 pounds (30.5 kg), Female: 57.5 pounds (26 kg) Male: 67.5 pounds (30.5 kg), Female: 57.5 pounds (26 kg)
Height Male: 26-28 inches (66-71 cm), Female: 24-26 inches (61-66 cm) Male: 24-27 inches (61-69 cm), Female: 23-26 inches (58-66 cm) Male: 24-27 inches (61-69 cm), Female: 23-26 inches (58-66 cm)
Avg. Height Male: 27 inches (68.5 cm), Female: 25 inches (63.5 cm) Male: 25.5 inches (65 cm), Female: 24.5 inches (62 cm) Male: 25.5 inches (65 cm), Female: 24.5 inches (62 cm)

Irish Setter vs Gordon Setter vs English Setter Hair & Care Comparison

Coat Fine Soft
Wavy
Shiny
Straight
Feathered
Colors Mahogany
Red
Tan
Red
Black
Blue
Belton
Lemon
Orange
Tan
Tricolor
Liver
Grooming
Advanced: The Irish Setter requires a lot of grooming.
Advanced: The Gordon Setter requires a lot of grooming.
Average: The English Setter requires average grooming effort.
Shedding Level
Irish Setters shed moderately.
Gordon Setters shed moderately.
English Setters shed moderately.

Irish Setter vs Gordon Setter vs English Setter Characteristics Comparison

Temperament Affectionate
Energetic
Lively
Intelligent
Companionable
Independent
Playful
Alert
Eager
Intelligent
Confident
Fearless
Loyal
Strong
Willed
Gentle
Intelligent
Mischievous
Energetic
Intelligent Rank
Smart: Irish Setter's has great intelligence.
Smart: Gordon Setter's has great intelligence.
Smart: English Setter's has great intelligence.
Trainability
Irish Setters are very easy to train.
Gordon Setters are easy to train.
English Setters are easy to train.
Playfulness
The Irish Setter is a highly playful breed.
The Gordon Setter is a highly playful breed.
The English Setter is a 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
Irish Setters are genuinely loyal, soft and gentle, loving and affectionate dogs toward their handlers.
Gordon Setters are genuinely loyal, soft and gentle, loving and affectionate dogs toward their handlers.
English Setters are genuinely loyal, soft and gentle, loving and affectionate dogs toward their handlers.
Social Needs
Irish Setters need a lot of social interaction.
Gordon Setters need for social interaction is average.
English Setters are a social breed.
Barking
Low: The Irish Setter barks none to minimal.
Average: The Gordon Setter barks occasionally.
Average to high: The English Setter is a vocal breed.
Watchdog Ability
Irish Setters are average watchdogs.
Gordon Setters are good watchdogs.
English Setters are average watchdogs.
Territorial
Irish Setters are not the best to protect their territory.
Gordon Setters are average defenders.
English Setters are not the best to protect their territory.
Biting Potential Low
The Irish Setter has a low chance of biting somebody.
Low
The Gordon Setter has a low chance of biting somebody.
Low
The English Setter has a low chance of biting somebody.
Mouthiness
Irish Setters have a strong tendency to nip, chew, play-bite, or herd people.
Gordon Setters have an average tendency to nip, chew, play-bite, or herd people.
English Setters have a higher than 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.
Wanderlust potential of the Gordon Setter is strong enough to escape from home.
English Setters have high wanderlust potential, which means that this breed has a strong desire for exploring the world.
Prey Drive
Irish Setters have a high impulse to chase and catch something.
Gordon Setters have a higher impulse to chase and catch something than other dog breeds.
English Setters have a high impulse to chase and catch something.
Apartment Friendly
Irish Setters are not apartment-friendly dogs.
Gordon Setters are not apartment-friendly dogs.
English Setters are not apartment-friendly dogs.
Adaptability
Irish Setters adapt very well to lifestyle changes and basically all living environments.
Gordon Setters adapt very well to lifestyle changes and basically all living environments.
English Setters adapt to lifestyle changes and different living environments quite okay usually.
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.
Just like every puppy, they are prone to panic, cry, bark, whine when they left alone by their owner.
English Setters 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.

Irish Setter vs Gordon Setter vs English Setter Good With Comparison

Stranger Friendly
Irish Setters are very stranger friendly dogs.
Gordon Setters are average friendly towards strangers.
English Setters are very stranger friendly dogs.
Child Friendly
Irish Setters are very kid-friendly dogs.
Gordon Setters are very kid-friendly dogs.
English Setters are very kid-friendly dogs.
Cat Friendly
Irish Setters are very cat-friendly dogs.
Gordon Setters are average friendly towards cats.
English Setters are cat-friendly dogs.
Dog Friendly
Irish Setters are very dog-friendly dogs.
Gordon Setters are not the most dog-friendly dogs.
English Setters are very dog-friendly dogs.
Office Friendly No
Irish Setter is not the best dog breed for office environment.
No
Gordon Setter is not the best dog breed for office environment.
No
English Setter is not the best dog breed for office environment.
Senior Citizens Friendly
Irish Setters are one of the best breeds for elderly people.
Gordon Setters are one of the best breeds for elderly people.
English Setters are one of the best breeds for elderly people.
Pet Friendly
Irish Setters are one of the friendliest dog breeds.
Gordon Setters are generally with other pets.
English Setters are usually friendly towards other pets.
Good For First Time Owners No
Irish Setters are not good for novice owners, due to their stubborn personality.
No
Gordon Setters are not good for novice owners, due to their stubborn personality.
No
English 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 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.
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) 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.
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 Yes
Irish Setter breed usually likes being on a boat.
Yes
Gordon Setter breed usually likes being on a boat.
Yes
English 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.

Irish Setter vs Gordon Setter vs English Setter Health Factors Comparison

Health Issues
The Irish Setter is a healthy breed, but there are certain health issues that you should check with your vet regularly.
The Gordon Setter is a healthy breed, but there are certain health issues that you should check with your vet regularly.
The English Setter is a healthy breed, but there are certain health issues that you should check with your vet regularly.
Health Problems Bloat
Cancer
Canine Leukocyte
Epilepsy
Hip Dysplasia
Hypertrophic Osteodystrophy
Hypothyroidism
Osteochondrosis Dissecans
Panosteitis
Progressive retinal atrophy (PRA)
No data available No data available
Life Expectancy 12-14 years 10-12 years 10-12 years
Hypoallergenic No No No
Energy Level
Irish Setters are high energy dogs.
Gordon Setters are high energy dogs.
English Setters have a higher energy level than other dog breeds.
Exercise Need
Irish Setters need a lot of exercises.
Gordon Setters need a lot of exercises.
English Setters need a lot of exercises.
Sleeping Need
Irish Setters don't need too much sleep.
Gordon Setters don't need too much sleep.
English Setters are quite energetic dogs and they don't spend to much time with sleeping.
Avg. daily food consumption 3 to 4 cups of high-quality dry food a day, divided into two meals. 3 to 5 cups of a high-quality dog food daily, divided into two meals. 4 to 5 cups of high-quality dry food a day, divided into two meals.
Weight Gain Potential
Average.
Average.
High: The English Setter breed has a strong tendency to overweight.
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 cold weather conditions
The Gordon Setter can adapt to well to cold weather conditions, some dogs even can be a good mountain dog.
Prefers average to cold weather conditions
The English Setter can adapt to well to cold weather conditions, some dogs even can be a good mountain dog.
Stinkiness High
The Irish Setter has a high chance of bad smell.
Medium
The Gordon Setter has an average chance of bad smell.
Medium
The English Setter has an average chance of bad smell.
Drooling tendency
The Irish Setter is a perfect example for low drooling tendency.
The Gordon Setter is an average drooler.
The English Setter is a perfect example for low drooling tendency.

Irish Setter vs Gordon Setter vs English Setter Reproducibility Comparison

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 6-8 puppies 4-6 puppies

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