Join Date: Jul 2011
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My experience with Irish setters is that most of them are very sweet, but don't expect the sharpest tool in the shed. Also there seems to be some kind of problem with being overbred, even though there aren't a lot of them. Some seemed to be extremely timid, or maybe even a neurological condition, but definitely a blank look to the eyes and "no one's home" type of thing. You would have to visit with the dog and see how he is. I came across a red and white a few months ago. He was gorgeous, had an intelligent look to his eyes and was cool as cucumbers. Awesome dog. Very little shedding compared to a lab or golden.
I would stay away from the american lab, some are great dogs but the breed overall has been ruined. If you can get your hands on an English lab, those are awesome dogs. Goldens are nice but sounds like more grooming than you'd prefer. You can also look at pointers and flat coated retrievers. The pointer is low maintenance and a good hunting dog and the flat coated is a sweet companion but without being a shedding machine like the golden. Good luck. Make sure it's YOU that really wants the dog!