How Much Does an Irish Setter Cost?

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Last Updated:  August 15, 2018

The Irish Setter, often referred to as the Red Setter or Irish Red setter, was originally bred to aid with bird hunting and is known for its excellent agility, tracking, retrieving, and pointing, making it a perfect guide for hunting.

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 How much does an Irish setter puppy cost?

On average, the Irish setter is going to cost anywhere from as little as $550 to as much as $1,300.  Like most breeds, the price will really depend on the dog’s parents, their medical history, the breeder selling it, inclusions, age, quality and geographical location.   Your AKC registered Irish Setters will be about $800 to $1,200, whereas an Irish Setter that isn’t considered to be a purebred will be closer to $500 to $700.

On the official AKC Marketplace, those who listed their prices, asked for $850 to $1,200.

At, there were about 75 active listings, with prices ranging from $600 to $1,500.

What is going to be included in the adoption fee?

Reputable breeders, at a minimum, will include current registration papers, up-to-date vaccinations, a certified vet exam and a health guarantee.

What are the extra costs?

Don’t forget about the recurring costs, as with any pets, such as the food, accessories, grooming, obedience classes and vet visits.  A healthy dog can easily cost $700 a year, while a dog with health issues can easily cost triple this.

If the dog is going to be shipped via the air or ground, this can be an additional $200 to $400.  Many breeders will include the carrying cage with the price, but you will have to pay for the transportation.

Registering your dog with your local city can cost up to $25 for the year.

The Irish Setter does take to training quite well, but it doesn’t mean you should ignore obedience classes.  At a minimum consider training your puppy as early as you can to teach the at least the basics of sit, stay and lay down.  Obedience classes can cost $100 to $200.

Due to the feathery coat, a daily brushing is required to prevent tangles and matting.  They do shed a lot, so be prepared for many vacuum sessions.  If at all possible, consider bringing your dog to a professional groomer at least once per month.  Plan on spending close to $100 per professional grooming session.

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An Irish Setter’s coat is light red in color, but when it grows older, its coat turns to a rich chestnut shade.  Its coat will be short and fine from the head to the back, but the tail, ears, legs and chest areas will be feathery.

This breed can grow as tall as 27 inches and weigh up to 55 to 70 pounds, with females slightly smaller than the male.

The average life span of an Irish Setter is about 12 years on average.

Its temperament, according to its owners, is known to be high strung and filled with lots of energy that needs to be displaced daily.  They are very quick with its sense of smell and is likely to get along with just about anyone and anything that crosses its path, always being eager to please its owner. It’s an intelligent, outgoing, very sweet dog.

Consider the size of your house.  They are usually not meant for apartments because they tend to be quite active and move around frequently.   A daily long brisk walk or jog will suffice.

Common health problems include hip dysplasia and hyperthyroidism.  Irish Setters are also known to have many genetic problems, so it’s important to receive certified health screenings if you were to buy from an AKC registered breeder.

Irish Setters are very energetic, intelligent and have excellent instincts in all situations.  However, they are not known to be a guard dog and can be reckless if they do not receive the proper amount of attention.

To find a reputable breeder, you can find search the Irish Setter Club of America website.

Just like any other breeds, the Irish Setter is prone to separation anxiety.  If you allow your dog to sit alone for more than six to eight hours at a time, they may become destructive or bark constantly. recommends this dog for those who want a lovely feathered coat, thrives on exercise, is good natured and is peaceful with other animals.

How can I save money?

Even though your chances are slim, highly consider checking out a local shelter and/or rescue group; you never know if you’re able to find a puppy that closely resembles the breed.  Even if an adult were available, this is a great option as well as you will be able to see what you’re getting yourself into since their personality is already proven.

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