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13 of the world's most gentle dog breeds

By: Mary Jo DiLonardo on Dec. 21, 2016, 10:37 a.m.
Irish Setter on a pillow

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Irish setter

The playful, energetic Irish setter loves being around people. In fact, says PetMD, the breed enjoys being with its family so much that the dogs are on their best behavior when surrounded by the people they love. Irish setters are also immensely trainable and smart. They have boundless energy, but are sweet and eager to please.

In addition to their kind temperament, Irish setters are known for their graceful speed and flashy red coat. Like retrievers, they'll happily play fetch all day long and never get ill-tempered or tired while doing it.