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Italian Setter

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Size: Large

Weight: 55 - 88 lbs.

Height: 22" - 27"

Life Span: 12 - 13 years

Health Problems: Excellent health record. No known hereditary conditions.

Origin: Italy (1700s)

Also Known As: Italian Setter, Italian Pointer

Group: Hunting

Category: Companion Dog, Hunting

Exercise Needs

Due to its hunting nature, the Italian Setter requires moderate to high levels of exercise. Long daily walks, runs or play sessions are recommended for this breed. Hunting activities or swimming are a plus.

Grooming Needs

No special grooming requirements.


Obedient, loyal and well-behaved, the Italian Setter is a serious hunter. However, the breed is gentle in nature, which makes it a sensitive companion that does well with children and other animals. This breed is calm enough that it can adjust to apartment or city living, as long as it receives enough opportunities to exercise outdoors.

Compatibility with Kids

Good with children.


Some experts believe that the Italian Setter is a descendant of the St. Hubert Hound. Others claim that it was developed as a cross between some form of the Mastiffs and the Italian Segugios.

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