The Golden retriever Irish setter mixed dog is an affectionate and lively breed you get as the result of mixing two pure breeds, the Golden retriever and the Irish Setter, the offspring is also known as the Golden Irish.
The golden Irish is a medium to large hybrid mixed dog breed known to inherit it’s impeccable physical and behavioral traits from both parent’s dog breeds. If you’ve been thinking of getting this breed as a companion, then it’s essential that you familiarize yourself with it.
Luckily for you in this article, we have gathered all there is to know about the Golden Irish. So if you’re still with me, continue scrolling down till the very last part:
History of the Golden Irish
The golden Irish is a recent dog known as a designer dog breed; most of these designer dogs do not have origins or a purpose to why they are bred.
So the only best way to understand and know more about these designer dogs, it’s by looking at the history of it’s parents. So in the case of the golden Irish, let’s look at the history of the Golden retriever and the Irish Setter.
History of the Golden Retriever dog breed
The golden retriever has origins in Scotland, it was breed there in the 19th century. This large-sized dog breed was initially bred for hunting purposes.
Golden retrievers are also popularly known as the gun dog as they were once used for retrieving shot waterfowl such as upland game birds and ducks.
The dog was able to retrieve shot game undamaged because of it’s super soft. Mouth, hence it’s name, ” retriever”.
The breed was recognized by the American Kennel club in 1925 and in 1938 the Golden retriever club of America was founded, it was ranked to be number two for American Kennel club of registration.
Over the years tell dog grew in popularity in different parts of the world, many people were fond of it because of its charming characteristics, till today dog lovers are fond of this breed.
Appearance and temperament of the Golden retriever
Golden Retrievers are large, powerful dogs with long fur and an athletic build, the male golden retriever weighs 29 to 34 kg and stands 56 to 61 inches tall. While the female weighs 25 to 29 kgs and stands 51 to 56 inches tall.
The golden retriever is a strong dog breed, hard-working and very loyal to their owners.
It’s got a coat that varies from very wavy to almost flat, the most common colors for it’s coat are white, black, fawn, cream e.tc.
Its eyes are notable for being dark brown and rimmed with a dark ‘eyeliner’ marking and its ears are floppy and well furred, but should still be able to move.
This breed is known for being obedient, playful, and intelligent, it also has a well-mannered temperament, making them great family pets. It is extremely active and is always happy to go on a walk.
History of the Irish Setter dog breed
This beautiful dog breed has origins in Ireland, back in the 18th century and were bred for hunting purposes.
The breed was introduced in the United States of America in 1875 and it became very popular there and grew in popularity and then was later recognized by the American Kennel club.
Appearance and Temperament Of The Irish Setter
A male Irish Setter stands 27 inches at the shoulder and weighs 70 pounds; a females is 25 inches and weigh 60 pounds.
The dog has a long head that is refined and features a straight muzzle, a noticeably long muscular neck, brown almond-shaped eyes, and large floppy ears set low.
The dog is best known for being fun-loving, playful, and affectionate, always ready for a rollicking good time.
However, it can be mischievous and isn’t above raiding your underwear drawer and prancing into the living room bearing a leopard-print thong in his teeth — while guests are there, natch.
The breed iis outgoing and loves having people around, even though they are not good guard dogs, they will make an effort to protect it’s people when necessary.
The temperament of this breed will depend on a number of factors such as training, socialization and mostly hereditary. So if you want this breed to grow up with the exact characteristics you want, then training and socializing the breed at a young age us very essential.
Physical appearance of the Golden Irish
Just like both of it’s parents, the Golden Irish is also a large dog weighing 60 to 75 kgs an standing 22 to 26 inches tall, the coat of the hybrid is almost always dark gold or red .
The coat is straight, long, smooth and silky and can come in many more colors such as chestnut, tan, cream and white, it has cute floppy ears and a compact body with a gait that is less lanky than that of the Irish Setter.
Temperament/Characteristics of the Golden Irish
Now, as the Golden Irish Setter mix is a designer dog breed, expect the character of the Golden Irish to be a combination of characters from both sides of the family, here are the Characteristics to expect from the Golden Irish.
The cross-breed is loving and loyal: It is very loving and loyal to it’s owners. It will enjoy being around it’s owner as a way if showing affection, and will try the way it can to bring warmth and happiness to it’s owner.
The hybrid is a very great companion:It tends to appear attached and clingy to it’s owners as it wants to be next to them all the time.
It is friendly: A well trained and socialized golden Irish grows to be very friendly with everyone including strangers.
The breed is good with children: it loves being around children, it will be gentle and also ready to protect them whenever danger approaches.
Exercise requirements of the Golden Irish
The breed is very active and full of energy, so every day exercise is important for it so that it stays healthy and happy.
Make sure that every day you take the dog for a 45 minutes walk in the morning an in the evening, 15 minutes walk will be enough.
The hybrid will as well enjoy taking walks to the park where it will be able to run arround freely and socialize with other dogs.
If this dog is felt ignored and exercise is not given to it and metal stimulation, it becomes destructive in your home. From chewing your shoes, to digging halks in your garden and barking for no good reason etc.
Grooming requirements of the hybrid
Since the breed has a long coat, it will require brushing daily. But if you decide to trim its coat and keep it short, then brushing will be required at least two to three times a week.
Its ears must always be checked to make sure they are clean. And, if they are not clean, make sure you wipe them or else if left dirty, the dog may develop ear infections.
Brush it’s teeth at least twice a week, give it a bath when only it’s necessary. It’s nails must be clipped once they’ve grown too long.
Health Concerns of the hybrid
This hybrid will inherit it’s health problems from both sides of the family. So let’s look at the health issues this hybrid is mostly common to suffer from:
Hip dysplasia: This is a dog health condition that happens when the ball and socket of it’s joints does not properly glide together but grind each other, this condition brings so much pain to the dog that it becomes sad, depressed and unhappy. The only way to deal with this health condition is through surgery.
Hypothyroidism: The Golden Irish gets this Heath problem from the Irish Setter side of the family, it has a high rate of under active thyroid which may need treatment for all it’s entire life.
Heart problems: This is the most common health problem among all dog breeds. Both sides of the hybrid’s family are prone to suffering cardiomyopathy, a deadly disease.
And it’s whereby the dog’s heart is not able to generate enough pressure to pump blood throughout it’s entire body system.
So it’s important to know if the parents of the hybrid has a history of this problem before buying the hybrid puppy.
Allergies: This is also another common health condition among dogs, the dog may suffer from allergies due to different kinds of allergens, when the allergies get worst treatment should be provided for the dog before any further complications.
Elbow Dysplasia: This is s health condition the hybrid gets from the Golden retriever side of the family, treatment for this condition involves surgery.
Bloat: The Irish Setter side of the family is the one most likely to have this health condition, which is also known as gastric dilatation or volvulus and it occurs when the dog’s stomach twists on itself and then becomes distended with gas.
When this happens, the stomach may end up putting pressure on the diaphragm, making it difficult for your dog to breathe.
Once you notice that the hybrid has this problem then it’s very important to take it to the veterinarian where it can be fixed with surgery.
Life expectancy of the Golden Irish
When well taken care of and in good health, the golden Irish will live a happy life for 10 to 15 years.