The Irish Setter's coat is a core part of its appeal, but it requires maintenance just like any other dog. You'll quickly become accustomed to different hair lengths around the body when giving your pet a brush. It's relatively short on the head and front legs, and longest of all on the back.
While they don't have the longest hair of any breed out there, their coats can be prone to tangling. So, if you want to retain a shiny, tangle-free coat, expect to brush your Irish Setter at least once every couple of days.
With such beautiful coats, it can be tempting to keep their hair on the longer side. However, you should take temperatures into account. Irish Setters can adapt to most weather and are equally happy in wet or dry conditions. Nevertheless, giving them a trim in a heatwave makes sense, as does letting their coats grow out in winter.
Temperatures aside, Irish Setters can be prone to shedding their coats. Regular trims can help, but there's only so much an owner can do before accepting that vacuuming may rise through the cleaning priority list when your pet arrives. Naturally, keeping on top of brushing every other day can also minimise the amount of tidying up after your dog.
Fortunately, while frequent brushing helps, you won't have to worry too much about bathing. Assuming you don't make a habit of going for walks through bogs and churned fields every day, you can bathe your pet just a couple of times each year. If you keep on top of grooming, bath time is a breeze.
Many Irish Setters keep their nails in check naturally due to the sheer amount of exercise they do each day. However, if that's not the case, you can stay on top of them with a monthly trim. Teeth should be brushed three times per week, and it's essential to check your pet's ears each week too.
As with all breeds with pendant ears, Irish Setters are susceptible to ear infections. Clean them with a moist cotton ball, taking care not to put anything into the ear canal. If any ear areas look or smell bad, it might be worth consulting a vet to treat any infection as quickly as possible.