This book is about a part of Ireland's living heritage, the Irish Red Setter; a breed of dog developed in Ireland, synonymous with the Irish people and the landscape that developed it. It covers all aspects from the history, development, character, conformation, training and sporting uses.
A significant portion of the book covers the history and development of the breed in Ireland and around the world. Every Irish Setter in the world is descended from a very small base of dogs bred in Ireland. This book offers clear discussions on the conformation, character and temperament of the breed which will help the future development of the breed and help people interested in the breed to have healthy, high quality useful companions that will bring colour and joy to their lives.
There is significant section on the history and development of the Irish Red Setter in Ireland from the late 1700s, examining the most successful bloodlines and their influence, to present times.
The book will be eagerly sought after by the growing number of people interested in Irish Setters worldwide. The book will be of general interest to many people interested in dogs, hunting, field trial competition, and to people interested in the fields of genetics and animal behaviour.
Raymond O'Dwyer is President of the Irish Red Setter Club (established in 1882), a breed enthusiast, international judge, successful breeder, trainer, competitor and long time supporter of the breed.