Irish Red and White Setter At a Glance
Country of Origin:
AKC (Sporting); ANKC (Gundogs); CKC (Sporting); FCI (Pointing Dogs); KC (Gundog); UKC (Gun Dog)
Medium. Weight: 50–75 lbs Height: Males 24.5–26 inches; Females 22.5–24 inches
Long and feathery.
White with Solid Red patches
10 to 13 years
Cold Weather Tolerance
Hot Weather Tolerance
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.
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.