Do Irish Setters Shed?

by Axl J. Amistaadt
If he could talk, he'd say, "Brush me daily."

If he could talk, he'd say, "Brush me daily."

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Not a member of the tiny fraternity of hairless canines, the Irish setter can be expected to shed his coat twice annually. This large dog’s silky coat is medium to long, and the abundant sloughed strands range from bright chestnut-red to deep burnished mahogany. So they stand out -- on furniture, drapes, carpeting and maybe even your clothes.

She Asks Him Why He’s a Hairy Guy

Shedding is the dog’s natural response to sudden changes in the number of daylight hours. As days become dramatically shorter or longer, the natural world signals that it’s time for critters to shed old coats and grow new ones.

He’s Hairy Noon and Night

Bagfuls of shed hair may be the only thing not to like about the gorgeous, friendly, happy Irish setter. These guys seem to work overtime when it comes to shedding, typically molting heavily during spring and fall. The rest of the year you can expect a more moderate amount of hair drop.

Hair: Flow It, Show It

Your sole weapon in the hair battle is grooming -- at least every other day, more often if possible. Give your Irish setter a thorough brushing, and follow it up with a good going over with the comb to remove small knots the brush may have missed. Because knots tend to build up under the elbows, pay special attention to these areas to prevent mats from forming. Groomers that specialize in setters advocate using a stripping knife to pull gobs of dead strands out of the back hairs before brushing.

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