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    Can anybody tell me the correct way to groom an Irish Setter?

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    Well, I guess it depends. If the setter is going to a show, then it should be handstripped (and carded). On pets you can use clippers, however if you do, then the coat's color and texture will be altered. The dog should appear as natural as possible, as though it wasn't trimmed at all.

    Basically, the head should appear clean, the ears should be neatened the top 1/3 (leaving the bottom long) the body should lie smooth and flat, with lots of feathering along the forechest, under the belly, backs of front legs, and on the fronts of the hind legs. The feet and hocks should be neat and tidy, the tail should reach the hocks and is shaped like a flag (longest at the base curving smoothly to the tip.. when the tail is held straight out horizontal to the body).

    Hope this helps!

    The book, Notes from the Grooming Table is really handy for getting an idea about most of the breeds

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    • #3
      If it is just a pet, you can do a Bath n' Brush (includes nails, ears, feet/butt trimming), or you can do a setter trim, using whatever blade will clip to the length owners want it. Be careful as some Irish Setters are lighter colored at the root (bad breeding or older dogs)...and so if you shave it down it could be beige underneath!

      Tammy in Utah
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      • #4
        Originally posted by SpikeyTheYorkie View Post
        If it is just a pet, you can do a Bath n' Brush (includes nails, ears, feet/butt trimming), or you can do a setter trim, using whatever blade will clip to the length owners want it. Be careful as some Irish Setters are lighter colored at the root (bad breeding or older dogs)...and so if you shave it down it could be beige underneath!

        Tammy in Utah

        If you clipper first in this situation, you can use #1 All Systems color conditioner Red/Brown on those areas, such as the throat. Presto, back to a darker red. Love that stuff. :-)

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        • #5
          Originally posted by RoosMom View Post
          If you clipper first in this situation, you can use #1 All Systems color conditioner Red/Brown on those areas, such as the throat. Presto, back to a darker red. Love that stuff. :-)
          I need to try this on my moms Irish Setter. He's older so he gets that rust looking color after he is trimmed.

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