Irish Setters – PUPPIES




The following litter announcements (not paid advertisements) are posted for the interest of the irish setter enthusiast and do not necessarily advise availability of puppies. 

It is suggested the breeders be contacted directly for the estimated date of birth and/or any further information regarding any of the planned litters listed below ~





Breeders are welcoming expressions of interest regarding the litters below:




RATHGHAILL Irish Setters 

Born 14 February 2021
4 boys 2 girls

Sire: Ballingeary Bushmill   (WiskEy) 
Dam: Bodhran Banphrionsa Dearg   (Molly)  

An exciting field trial litter, with dam being bred in Western Australia by Bret Davidson
and sire of litter owned by Dennis & Anne Everard

(Molly & babes)

Litter Bred by
Michael Doyle
Fish Creek, Victoria

Tel:  041 99 88 260
Email: [email protected]



















For those who have requested information regarding older puppy/dog availability,

I have been made aware an older dog may need rehoming ~   

To register your interest and for more details contact
The Secretary, 
Irish Setter Club of Victoria
Rhonda Fisher <[email protected]>



















Irish Setter

…. the dog for me?


The first thing anyone notices about the Irish Setter is its glorious red coat.

Secondly, the ‘rollicking’ temperament and active, fun-loving, playful personality will have made an impression.  Then the size of the adult will surprise, as not many people these days look for a large dog. However, if you are interested in owning an irish setter the notable main question you must ask yourself…. Is the Irish Setter the dog for me?

Many  words are used to describe the irish red setter:  beautiful, gorgeous, playful, affectionate, active, clever, smart, cute, mischievous, independent, intelligent, demonstrative and stubborn – the list goes on. Frequently asked “Aren’t irish setters silly, scatty or stupid?” – it is the curse of a true irish setter owner  – the answer often takes people aback:  “You have obviously been outsmarted by one!!”

So if you are to bring an irish setter into your life, you will need to learn to be astute and very aware of what is sure to happen.  Keeping one step in front of your dog might sound easy but when they give over that ‘Aren’t I the most beautiful/cute dog?’ look – you’ll be reduced to a making major decision about discipline. Remember he is a bird-dog (a hunting dog) and his way is to basically hold a bird by setting it – with nothing being able to break his concentration.  In my opinion this is one of the reasons why some people believe he is difficult to train.  His hunting instinct is strong, however, by positive (but firm) training – with patience being the main ingredient – a reliable and obedient companion can be achieved. Irish setters are sensitive dogs and they have long memories – once they learn something they will remember it for a long time.

Luckily the breed is known for being willing to please so he responds to praise rather than harsh methods of training. Be warned, though, laugh at his antics and you will reinforce the behavior – whether good or bad!  (Something I have learned from experience)

Naturally a clean and fastidious dog, the irish setter does require regular grooming.  In addition to brushing and bathing, these days there are more tools available to keep the beautiful coat in manageable condition, especially if the routine begins quite early in the animal’s life.  (More later)

Not an aggressive breed, he will mix readily with other dogs and is definitely very much a ‘people’ person.  Being a socialble animal, he does not thrive if left to his own devices for long periods of time.  In fact, if left too long unsupervised or without companionship he is likely to suffer separation anxiety, often displayed by destructiveness, barking or escape attempts.

This breed requires exercise – for both his physical being and his mental stimulation – as he is a high energy dog.   In my opinion, his exuberance is best dealt with by a regimen of free running and lead training. (I have found you can only correct them if they are nearby! )  If possible, devise learning games for your dog – it will encourage the dog to want to learn tricks but most of all, it will teach the dog to listen to you.



Where do I get an Irish Setter puppy?


Finally, you have decided that an irish setter is definitely the dog for you.  So, where do you look next? Keep in mind that your dog is probably going to be with you for around 10-12 years, and even longer if you are lucky.   Remind yourself this is a long term commitment. Obviously, it makes sense to go to a reputable breeder – one who has invested many years of experience in producing an irish setter we would all be proud to own.