Irish Red and White Setter

Irish Red and White Setter

Irish Red and White Setter At a Glance

Country of Origin:

Ireland

Breed Group:

AKC (Sporting); ANKC (Gundogs); CKC (Sporting); FCI (Pointing Dogs); KC (Gundog); UKC (Gun Dog)

Size:

Medium. Weight: 50–75 lbs Height: Males 24.5–26 inches; Females 22.5–24 inches

Coat:

Long and feathery.

Color:

White with Solid Red patches

Life Span:

10 to 13 years

Breed Profile

Affection Level
Barking Tendencies
Cat Friendly
Cold Weather Tolerance
Exercise Needs
General Health
Grooming Needs
Hot Weather Tolerance
Intelligence
Kid Friendly
Playfulness
Shedding Level
Social Needs
Watchdog Ability

Did You Know?

The Red and White features a look similar to an Irish Setter crossed with a Brittany Spaniel, however the breed is actually identical to the Irish Setter except for color.

Irish Red and White Setter Overview

Setters have a long history in Ireland, being used to hunt fowl. They would freeze in place after flushing a bird, rather than chasing it, to prevent the dog from being accidentally shot by hunters. Irish Setters were originally all Red and White, however the breed split as the all red Irish Setter became popular. Some hunters still prefer the Red and White, due to their white coloration making them easier to spot in the field.

 

Irish Red and White Setter Characteristics

The Red and White features a look similar to an Irish Setter crossed with a Brittany Spaniel, however the breed is actually identical to the Irish Setter except for color. They feature the same long feathery coat, long narrow nose, and narrow-chested body of other Setters.

 

Irish Red and White Setter Temperament

The breed, like other Setters, is a great family dog, being loyal and affectionate. He is a high-energy dog, which may be interpreted as being high-strung or overly boisterous. However, the Red and White is loving, sweet and gets along with everybody, family or not.

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Irish Red and White Setter Care

The Irish Red and White lives on average 11 to 13 years, slightly higher than other dogs their size. A few breed health concerns include genetic diseases such as Von Willebrand’s, a bleeding disorder and Canine Leukocyte Adhesion Deficiency, another blood disorder. Cataracts and bloat, or Gastric Dilation and Volvulus are also of some concern.

 

Irish Red and White Setter Coat

The long, feathery coat of the Red and White should be brushed often to keep it looking its best. The coat may be prone to tangles or matting if not regularly cared for. Dogs that are active outside should also be inspected regularly to remove and burrs or other debris that may become stuck in the fur. The feathers should be maintained and can be trimmed, but should not be shaved.

 

Irish Red and White Setter Training

Like other Setters, the Red and White is known for having a bit of “ADD” when it comes to training. Small, short sessions are best to get in activities before the dog becomes distracted. Patience and repetition are key to getting concepts into the head of a Red and White, hopefully before he gets too bored and moves on.

 

Irish Red and White Setter Activity

Activity is great for the Red and White, especially anywhere he can be in a wide open space exploring. Long hikes, frequent walks or hunting trials are all great ways to exercise the body and appeal to the hunting instinct of the Red and White. The more time outdoors, the happier.

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