ISCSD History

The Irish Setter Club of San Diego was established in 1968, and incorporated in 1974. We held our first banquet and installation of officers in January of 1969. Over the next 10 years, we held many fun matches, “ribbon” matches as they were known then. With our goal of holding an AKC sanctioned specialty and obedience trials in our sights, we began holding AKC B (OB) matches, and finally our required AKC A (OA) match.  We held our first AKC licensed specialty and obedience trial on May 16, 1980, with Irish Setter legend, Ted Eldridge, as our conformation judge. Since then, our club has continued to grow with the focus to protect and advance the interests of the Irish Setter.

The club currently has meetings on the second Wednesday of each month, at the Allied Gardens Rec Center.  Our specialty show is currently held in conjunction with the Silver Bay Kennel Club in February, at the Del Mar Fairgrounds. Other fun activities for our members and their Irish include marching in the San Diego St. Patrick’s Day Parade in Balboa Park, dog play-days and picnics, an annual Awards Banquet, and a great Christmas Party with a gift exchange that involves “stealing” others’ gifts!  Many of our club members are also involved with obedience, agility, and rally performance events, which allow them to work closely and have a lot of fun with their dogs.

The ISCSD is also involved with Rescue, and works closely with both the National and the Southern California Rescue volunteers, and local animal shelters, taking Irish Setters into the program and finding them a new “forever home” and family.

About the image below: San Diego's first locally bred, owned and shown champion Irish Setter since 1945, to all knowledgable records. "He will be ever loved and greatly missed by all." — Dale & Dolores Hughes, original members ISCSD. For those who are to follow the first champion of San Diego and their owners who work so hard and with such great loyalty.

ISC History