Pointers vs. Setters-What is the difference between an English Pointer and an Irish setter, and how do they differ in their work?
The two breeds of dogs differ greatly in appearance and general make-up. The pointer is a smooth haired dog of good size and symmetrical build; works on game birds by scent and comes to point when located at close range. In color mostly white with liver, lemon, orange, or black markings. The Irish setter is somewhat larger dog, mahogany brown or red with no white, save possibly a small patch on breast or tip of toes; coat long but flat, frill on legs and long feather on underside of tail; head longer that that of pointer, ears set on low, lying flat and well feathered. Is used for hunting game birds just as the pointer is and does the work in similar manner. In disposition the pointer is more pleasant and easier to train than the Irishman, who is, as a rule, headstrong, obstinate and self-willed withal, however, a very good bird dog of much endurance, a wide ranger and possessed of keen nose. For close work in brush the pointer is preferable because he will range closer in to the handler, while the Irish prefers to reach out on long flings.
Harding, A.R.. 3001 Questions and Answers. Columbus, Oh: A.R. Harding, 1913.
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