Irish Red and White Setter Dog Breed

The Irish Red and White Setter has a kind and friendly demeanor.
By: PawCulture Editors
Irish Red and White Setter Breed

About The Irish Red And White Setter

The Irish Red and White Setter is a hunting breed best known in the field for its athletic build and keen personality. This intelligent dog breed requires daily exercise and modest coat maintenance. It is considered to be a perfect family dog.

Irish Red And White Setter Physical Characteristics

The Irish Setter has a strong and muscular build, as it is usually bred for the field. Average height for the Irish Red and White Setter ranges from 22 to 26 inches and weighs about 50 to 70 pounds.

Color(s)

White with deep red patches.

Coat

Medium-length and silky, with feathering at the legs, ears and chest.

Irish Red And White Setter Personality and Temperament

Activity Level

High

Positives

The Irish Red and White Setter has a kind and friendly demeanor, with a keen and intelligent attitude. This Setter likes to establish a personal relationship and is good with other dogs.

Things to Consider

Irish Red and White Setters require plenty of daily exercise and activity.

Irish Red And White Setter Care

Ideal Living Conditions

Originally bred for the hunting fields, it requires a great deal of exercise, such as jogging or a large yard to move about freely in.

Special Requirements

The Irish Red and White Setter needs only occasional trimming and grooming of the coat to maintain its natural appearance.

Irish Red And White Setter Health

The Irish Red and White Setter has an average lifespan of 11 to 15 years.

Although heath issues are not prominent among Irish Red and White Setters, a more common problem is posterior polar cataract, when cataracts form in the back of the eye. Rarer diseases in the Irish Red and White Setter include hip problems and von Willebrand’s disease, which prevents blood from clotting.

Irish Red And White Setter History and Background

Most people are much more familiar with the Red Setter breed. However, it is believed that the Red and White Setter, which dates back to the 17th century, is actually the older of the two breeds. Near the end of the 19th century, the Red and White Setter, like many other breeds of the time, suffered in number due to the hardships of WWI in Ireland. Its numbers became so rare, in fact, that the breed was thought to be extinct.

Fortunately, efforts to revive the Irish Red and White Setter in the 1920s proved successful. In the 1980s the Irish Kennel Club recognized the breed as one separate from the Irish Setter. The American Kennel Club would not formally recognize the Irish Red and White Setter until 2009.

Today the Irish Red and White Setter can be found in healthy amounts both in the U.S. and abroad, especially competing against other pointing breeds at Irish Shows and Field Trails as gun dogs.