This is a big-running dog, and he needs a safe place where he can go full out.

Take him jogging or running with you, take him to an enclosed dog park or other area away from traffic, or get a device that will allow him to run alongside your bicycle.

The Irish Setter currently ranks 77th among the dogs registered by the AKC.

The Irish Setter has a flamboyant personality to match his flame-colored coat.

The Irish Setter can be a good choice for families with older children, but he’s probably too rambunctious to be set loose with toddlers.

He also gets along well with other pets such as cats if he’s raised with them.

Once he learns something, he has it down cold, so be sure he learns right the first time.

For best results, begin training early, keep it interesting, and don’t assume you can stop after a single obedience class.His alert nature makes him an excellent watchdog, and while not aggressive, he can be protective if the situation calls for it.Don’t think that a sedate walk around the block — even if it’s a long block — will satisfy the Irish Setter’s needs.As with so many sporting breeds, there are differences between Irish Setters bred for the field and those bred for the show ring.Field-bred dogs are smaller with a lighter coat and have much more hunting instinct than their show-ring siblings, but both types make good companions.Irish Setters are alert and will loudly and excitedly announce when someone is approaching.