National Geographic : 1937 Jan
MAN'S HUNTING PARTNER, THE FIELD DOG © National Geographic Society Painting by Edward Herbert Miner BEAUTY AND BRAINS MARK THE IRISH AND ENGLISH SETTERS Originally, setters were trained to crouch or set on discovering game, while hunters drew nets over the quarry. Now they " freeze" in an upright position and point, like the IRISH RED) SETTER (center) and the ENGLISH SETTER with uplifted paw, waiting for their masters to shoot. The dashing Irishman is among the most loyal and affectionate of pets. The mahogany red coat is a result of years of selective breeding. Formerly it was red and white. An aristocrat of dogdom, the ENGLISH SETTER is known to have been used as a bird dog for at least 400 years.