We've always loved Irish setters
, they are such lovely dogs, that is why this particular dog caught our eye," said Ann, who is a part-time receptionist at a veterinary practice.
Prior to show-ring breeding, Irish setters
were bred to run across expansive agricultural fields and open moorlands, primarily in search of partridge and pheasants.
IF YOU'VE BEEN reading this magazine for at least an issue or two, you know that my personal gun dogs have always been field-bred Irish setters
Heather and Ellie; Irish Setter
Many Irish setters
were easily excited and even more easily distracted, which added to the breed's scatterbrained reputation.
Drawn by their favorite breed of dogs, they answer telephone calls day and night and meet at pickup spots to help Belgian Malinois, basset hounds, Irish setters
and nearly all other breeds on their journey to a new home.
Editor Rick Van Etten and I have two things in common that I have enjoyed for many years--Clint Eastwood movies and Irish setters
Back then, one of my Irish setters
, Brophy's Flaming Ember, took first place in a walking gun dog stake at a trial sponsored by the Western Irish Setter
Club at the Des Plaines Conservation Area near Joliet, Ill.
If you've been a Gun Dog reader for at least an issue or two, you most likely know that my personal gun dogs are field-bred Irish setters
I'd already cast my lot with two field-bred Irish setters
, knew myself to be primarily an upland bird hunter (although I did enjoy the occasional duck hunt with friends, and still do) and couldn't really justify the expense of keeping three large sporting dogs just then.
So when a friend of a friend invited me to hunt over his Irish setters
, I had mixed feelings.
I had never owned a shorthair before, only having owned Irish setters