The Irish Setter, originally called the Irish Red Setter in the United States, is a fine all-around hunting dog. He is fast, with an excellent nose, and is good on any terrain. His technique for finding game is to run quickly back and forth in front of the hunter. The Irish Setter is both a pointer and retriever, particularly good for hunting game birds. Because of his handsome looks, however, many breeders have selected for beauty rather than hunting ability.