RARE BREEDS
BULLDOG & IRISH SETTER

It had to have taken an inordinate amount of research among the movers and shakers of the dog world to come up with the idea that the Bulldog and Irish Setter would result in such a unique, unprecedented radically distinctive uncommon final appearance. In retrospect, though, common sense would tell one that it would be an unusual outcome. Wanted, needed, desired, accepted, useful and sought after, though, might present a more difficult standard of approval.

When the fun loving, playful and affectionate personality of the Irish Setter and the Bulldog (usually wrongly portrayed in the media as angry, aggressive dogs in a spiked collar, waiting for an unsuspecting and fragile animal to come along that they can easily bully) are combined, the reality of the mix is quite different than that which is expected.

DO NOT expect this breed to cavort about the open fields and lively chase prey. Pure bred Setters.... maybe so. But not this breed. The Bulldogs natural tendency is to just go lay down on the sofa, snore, snort, snuffle, wheese, grunt, slobber, drool, sleep, and produce copious amounts of natural gasses. Tendencies that are endearing to one, might be somewhat disgusting to others. Getting along with cats is not permitted. EVER!

The high cost of the BullSetter should always be considered, along with the fact they may bring along a considerable number of health problems. (Which will, of course, ensure your veterinarian continues to live comfortably.) Of course, as soon as even larger numbers of knowledgeable breeders become interested, they will help to expertly guide the breed to a prominent position of acceptance.

It becomes really interesting when the natural traits of the Setter, whose mischievous, playful, eager to exercise nature decides to go hunting. It's tendency is to jump up off the couch and expend great amounts of energy romping through the open fields and meadows.... None of which is of any interest to the Bulldog.

BullSetter
(The Reluctant Hunter)
bulldog irish setter

It becomes really interesting when the natural traits of the Setter, whose mischievous, playful, eager to exercise nature decides to go hunting. It's tendency is to jump up off the couch and expend great amounts of energy romping through the open fields and meadows.... None of which is of any interest to the Bulldog.

As one can see in the picture here, going hunting with the BullSetter is an exercise in futility for the owner. They may well run into the field with great energy, but seldom pay much attention to what is going on around them.

They don't like extreme heat or cold (anything above 72 or below 68 degrees F), and often limit their running distances to around 5 or 6 yard dashes. Which is good for those owners who have heart problems and use a cane or crutches regularly themselves.

Which is good for those owners who have heart problems and use a cane or crutches regularly themselves.

They function like a finely made Rolex knockoff within those limitations though. Irish Setters love grooming procedures, and revel in the human touch, as does the Bulldog side of this character.... So fluff and buff this breed all you like.

With the setters fine coat and the Bulldogs striking countenance, this is a sure winner. Just don't expect the expected. (Whatever that means.)

- J. Satterwhite -