Golden Retrievers vs. Irish Setters

2017
Credit: https://retrieverman.net/
Credit: https://retrieverman.net/

Here is another article in what I will call my “versus” series. Basically, after doing some research, I find out what breeds the public wants to look into and be compared to the golden retriever. So, if you have any breeds you would like to see here, just leave me the breed in the comments.

 Golden Retrievers

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Credit: http://www.akc.org/

Here is my recap of the golden retriever. The breed is known to be friendly and their tolerant attitude makes the golden retriever to be a wonderful family pet. Golden Retrievers excel at retrieving game for hunters (hence the name), tracking, sniffing out drugs, and as therapy and assistance dogs. They’re also natural athletes, and do well in dog sports such as agility and competitive obedience. So, if you want a hunting or show dog, you should definitely look into the golden retriever.

As mentioned before, golden retrievers make amazing family pets. But please remember that this is a large breed of dog. Golden retrievers need lots of room to run around and get exercise. This breed does not adapt well to apartment living. If you are a new pet owner, this breed is pretty okay when it comes to temperament. However, their size may be a challenge to some newer dog owner.

This beautiful breed is also known for being highly sensitive. The sensitivity also plays a part in the fact that golden retrievers do not like to be left alone. So, if you travel often and do not plan to take your pup with you, this may not be the breed for you.

Golden retrievers are beautiful dogs. A lot of them have long, beautiful coats. Which means they shed. A lot. The long hair also makes them much harder to groom and they have the potential for a lot of weight gain. That’s why it is important for them to get a lot of exercise. Of course, they also have a high energy level. Golden retrievers also have a high risk of cancer.

Irish Setters

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Credit: http://dogtime.com/

Irish setters are actually quite similar to golden retrievers when it comes to certain traits. Irish Setters originated as gundogs in their native Ireland. The dog breed‘s popularity soon spread, thanks to the beauty of their rich mahogany coat and their reputation as bird dogs. They are friendly, mischievous, and inquisitive, with a high energy level. This is a bold and boisterous family friend with the potential to do well in many canine sports and activities.

Much like the golden retriever when it comes to canine sports and the high energy level. Both Irish setters and golden retrievers do not adapt to apartment living well. Therefore, neither would be a good option for apartment dwellers. However, the golden retriever is the easier breed to handle when it comes to new dog owners. The Irish setter is slightly less sensitive then the golden and as a result does a little better with being alone.

As for friendliness with kids, other pets, and strangers, the breeds both rank the same. But remember that this is ultimately up to the personality of the individual dog. When it comes to shedding and grooming, the Irish setter is easier to groom and sheds a bit less than a golden. However, the breed’s overall health doesn’t rank too high.

Do you have an Irish setter or a golden retriever? Tell us about them in the comments below.