He's Amer Fld bred dog. They got them going in the earlf 1950's. Some Irish Setter lover's that hated the way the Irish was going. They found the best hunting female they could and crossed her to 1946 Nat Ch Mississippi Zev. the rest is history!
Nice looking, functional dogs...
I have to admit however, that my first impulse upon seeing the Irish setter was "oh boy, another brainless runabout" ! However, I am pleased to see that somebody has to courage and persistence to salvage a fine breed!
Public popularity of any breed doesn't help that breed any. It is then that unscrupulous operators will breed willy-nilly, just to fill a market demand ! Then breeders with a coinscience, has to straighten out the mess.
Much of my life, I raised, hunted and participated in competition with terriers..both Airedale and Jack Russells. The 'show business' has ruined many a fine breed. I am sure you must be aware of the breeding practices of the show people.
I did show my Russells upon a couple occasions, but it was in Jack Russell Terrier Club of America (JRTCA) events, and they of course, don't put up with the breeding games some other (unnamed) clubs do.
I can only tell others, if you want your best chances for a healthy dog...buy from a hunting or working kennel...skip some show stock.
Just my $ .02..take it or trash it !