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Old 05-25-2008, 06:34 AM   #1
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Hi everyone,
I am new to this forum (I usually hang around a chicken forum!!), so pls let me know if I am posting in the wrong place or missed any 'musts' or 'rules'...

We are a family of 6, 2 adults and 4 kids, and after a lifetime of dreaming/hoping/begging first my dad and now my OH, I am finally in a position to get a dog!!
I have, and have had for a long time, my heart set on an Irish setter... I have read a few books on the breed, and have also read some other breeds we were considering, and those readings so far confirmed my choice... I definitely want a big dog.
Now the 'problem' is, I've never had a dog before... I have been in contact with dogs and love them, and so do my daughters... My girls range in age from 10 down to 2, and we have cats and chickens in the house. The house is big, and the dog would be restricted to some of the day rooms, and also have his own room. We have a reasonably large garden (for a town house). I am home full time, and do not plan to go back to work, if I start work again, it would be based at home, so time itself is not a problem. I have decided to get a pup, as I find it will give me the best chance to raise the pup to be used to the kids and the cats.
I am reading through various pup training books, and have also researched breeders locally (or not so locally - I don't mind having to travel a bit), and am researching options for when we go on holiday once we have the dog... I haven't contacted breeders yet, as I want to do some more learning and research before getting in touch, to be honest I'm a little nervous that breeders would be reluctant to deal with someone who hasn't had a dog before, no matter how keen, devoted, and prepared I would be to offer a pup a wonderful home and family...

So I was wondering if anyone here would be kind enough to let me have any information and advice from personal experience with irish setters (none of our friends have irish setters). I will of course browse this forum at length and am looking forward to all the advice and information already on here, but any help in acquiring knowledge as to how to prepare for the arrival of a pup, and what to expect, would be very, very welcome, be it regarding irish setters, or more general things I might need to know... any advice regarding any further reading, book, or what not, would also be gratefully received...

Thanks in advance, sorry for such a general query, I just want to do this right and give my family and future pup the best possible start...

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Old 05-25-2008, 06:48 AM   #2
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Hi and welcome to the forum from me and my Gang.

I am not sure if there is anyone on here with an Irish Setter.

I have friends who own them and the one thing I have heard them say is that they never grow up and can be quite boisterous, but having said that they are a lovely breed to live with.

I would suggest you go to to a few local shows and speak to the exhibitors/ breeders there and perhaps y a local ringcraft or training class find out more about the breed from them.

Good luck in you search and hope the find the puppy you and your family are looking for.
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I agree with everything Borzoi has said. Jake plays with two irish setters on the beach and yes they haven't grown up they are like puppies! If you do decide on an irish setter make sure you get one from a reputable breeder as there are so many disreputable breeders operating like puppy farms.

If it were me I'd go to shows and search the internet for articles on them. Like any breed they have predispositions to genetic problems and I know the dogs that Jakey plays with have gluten sensitivity. That's not a bar to owning one though as there are many feeds that are gluten free.

Let us know how you get on.

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