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When we were very young (early 20's) and very uninformed about having a dog and not being terribly responsible, we got a male Irish Setter - absolutely beautiful animal - but very hyper. After about a year, we got a female Irish Setter (from a pet store of all places - this was back in the days when no one knew about puppy mills). Anyway, we both worked all day and lived in the city. We loved both of the dogs very much, but they were both very hyper - we used to take them out to the country to run every day - they never seemed to get tired - have never seen a dog with so much energy - and they were definitely not the brightest bulbs around,but they were lovely dogs. They were very much people dogs, slept with us all the time. However, I did find them to be a lot of work, and they did shed,I thought, a fair bit. We had got our Male Setter from a reputable breeder, but he did have cherry eye, had to have surgery, and his eyes never did recover properly If you can believe it, we also had one litter of puppies - I am embarrassed to be telling everyone this, as I would never do something like this now. One of the stupid things we did when we were young. Anyway, not sure why I am writing this, but just maybe to tell you, that my experience with Setters has been that they are loving dogs, but a lot of work - and they do love being around their people - I can't imagine leaving them outside in a kennel all the time, I think they would get very lonely. I thought they were much more work to keep than our Havs. - maybe because of their size.