As a dog breed, the Irish Red Setter is famous among dog shows and competitions, defined by its silky coat shaded by chestnut reddish hues.
Also known simply as Red Setter, “Big Red” stands to be one of the world’s most popular Irish Red Setters, with the character being the main protagonist in Big Red, a novel written by Jim Kjelgaard, released in 1945.
Telling the story of how an Irish Red Setter expressed his desire to simply be a dog – and not a show dog – a big screen adaptation of the novel was released in 1962, with the movie successfully retelling the novel’s story. Produced by Disney Studios, the movie falls in the family-oriented feature genre, inspiring its viewers with Big Red’s tale.
Physically characterized as dogs with “deep chests and small waists”, Irish Red Setters are generally active as a breed, known to enjoy long regular walks and trips in open spaces. With some Irish Red Setter owners keeping them as hunting dogs, the breed was originally kept for its “pointer tendencies”, along with its sustained physical stamina for day-long physical activities.
With their affectionate natures and physical size, the Irish Red Setter continues to be a well loved dog breed, found in different households, with their attributes defining them as the perfect match for families with children and other domestic pets.
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