The Irish Red and White Setter


Background

The Irish Red and White setter originated in Ireland during the 17th century, much earlier than the Irish Setter. They were bred to help bird hunters and were easy to see in the field due to their markings. They would find the location of the birds by sniffing the air then, when they got close, freeze in a standing position or crouch down and slowly creep forward.

In the 19th century the breed faced the brink of extinction but was revived in the 1920s due to the efforts of the Reverend Noble Huston. His work in gathering the red and whites that were available proved to be the catalyst that saved them.

The Irish Red and White Setter was recognized by the American Kennel Club in 2009.

Sizing up

  • Weight: 50 to 75 lbs.
  • Height: 22 to 26 inches
  • Coat: Silky, medium to long in length
  • Color: Primarily white with red patches
  • Life expectancy: 11 to 15 years

What’s the Irish Red and White Setter like?

The Irish Red and White Setter is one of the most loving and devoted breeds out there which makes them an ideal family dog. They also make great watch dogs because they’re extremely alert. They’re a very high energy breed and enjoy running to get in plenty of daily exercise.

Training isn’t always the easiest because they can be very stubborn and headstrong. Begin training as soon as you bring the Red and White home. He’s highly intelligent and will pick up on things quickly.

The Irish Red and White Setter should be combed and brushed a couple times a week to remove any mats and keep the coat well groomed.

Health

The Irish Red and White Setter is a healthy breed but has several health concerns to watch for:

  • Hip dysplasia
  • Cataracts
  • Progressive retinal atrophy
  • Hypothyroidism
  • Canine Leukocyte Adhesion Deficiency (an immune disorder)
  • Von Willebrand’s Disease

Takeaway Points

  • The Irish Red and White Setter is an ideal addition to all types of families.
  • The Irish Red and White Setter loves to run fast and over long distances so you might want to have a fenced in yard where he can run freely.
  • The Irish Red and White Setter would make a great companion for someone who loves the outdoors.

If you have any questions or concerns, you should always visit or call your veterinarian -- they are your best resource to ensure the health and well-being of your pets.


5 Reasons the Irish Red and White Setter May (or May Not) Be the Dog For You

Header photo courtesy of Christina Phillips, AKC Breeder of Merit

The Irish Red and White Setter is not as well known as his dazzling cousin, the Irish Setter, with only about 500 dogs in North America. Even in Ireland, the breed nearly went extinct during World War I. It took the dedication of a handful of breeders over decades to keep the Irish Red and White Setter breed alive. Sportsmen, hunters, and active families everywhere are delighted that this high-spirited, fun-loving breed has survived and thrived. But before you rush out to choose your very own Irish Red and White Setter, there are some key things you should know.

1. He is primarily a field dog. Hunters sing his praises as a natural pointer. This Irish Red and White Setter has the stamina and intensity to hunt all day long and then some. They have a natural ability to adjust to different terrain and conditions and seem born to hunt. To see one locate game, creep forward, and take a pointing stance is to see instinct in action. Whether standing at point or crouched low to the ground, almost frozen in his stance, the Irish Red and White Setter is a perfect example of a dog doing what he’s born to do.

2. We mentioned stamina and intensity. Combined with his power and athleticism, the Irish Red and White Setter is a high-energy dog, and, in the home could even be considered a handful. None of the traits that make him such a prized hunting companion stop at the front door. Although easily trained and responsive to positive reinforcement, he’s a true sporting dog, filled with determination, energy, and high spirits. If you hunt or are an active, sporty, and outdoorsy type, you’re a good match for the IR&WS.

3. He's known as a “gentleman’s hunting dog.” Unlike some breeds, the IR&WS hunts for you, not for himself, so he takes well to field training. However, he prefers gentle persuasion he doesn’t care much for being made to do something. Short, positive training sessions are the way to go with this breed.

4. Along with all of his natural talent, the Irish Red and White Setter is charming, with a good measure of humor. Kind and friendly, he makes an excellent companion for hiking, biking, and other outdoor pleasures.

5. Looks aren’t everything, but we should mention that this is one beautiful dog. His silky, feathered coat has vivid floating “islands” of red on white. The coloring makes the IR&WS easy to track in the field and is a standout anywhere.

If you plan to bring an Irish Red and White Setter into your life, make sure you know what you’re getting into. This is a high-energy, spirited, and natural-born hunter that enriches the lives of those who treasure his unique qualities.


Appearance and coat of the Irish Red and White Setter

The Irish Red and White Setter is slightly wider and shorter than its relative, the Red Setter. Otherwise, both dog breeds look very similar. The Irish Red and White Setter also has long silky coat, but always in the basic color white with red areas in between. Tail, hind and forelegs as well as the outer sides of the ears are also feathered with very silky fur. The Irish Red and White Setter wears its ears always close to its head.

How big does the Irish Red and White Setter grow?

The males, with a height at the withers of between 62 and 66 cm, grow taller than the females, which only reach a height at the withers of 57 to 61 cm.

How much does an Irish Red and White Setter weigh?

At the moment there is no information about the normal weight of the Irish Red and White Setter.

How old does an Irish Red and White Setter become?

As mentioned above, the Irish Red and White Setter is in principle a very old and now rediscovered dog breed. Nevertheless, information about the average age is very rare and it is estimated to be 10-13 years.


Bolognese Irish Red and White Setter Mix

The Bolognese Irish Red and White Setter Mix, is a mixed breed dog resulting from breeding the Bolognese and the Irish Red and White Setter. Both of these dogs can be friendly but personalities differ, so you never know. The Bolognese is known for being docile, enterprising, and reserved. All dogs need proper socialization and that will be a big factor in how they interact with others. What does this mixed breed look and act like? Is it more like the Bolognese or the Irish Red and White Setter? Those are the questions we will try and answer below. Continue reading below to see pictures, videos, and learn more about the beautiful Bolognese Irish Red and White Setter Mix.

While we really recommend that you acquire all animals through a rescue, we understand that some people might go through a breeder to get their Bolognese Irish Red and White Setter Mix puppy. That is, if they have any Bolognese Irish Red and White Setter Mix puppies for sale.

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