The Irish Red and White Setter!

In the 1850’s, the Irish Red and White Setter, sometimes called the Parti-colored Setter or Red and White Irish Setter, almost went extinct. This kind of Setter flourished again thanks to the efforts of breed enthusiasts. Apart from the trademark red and white colored finely textured coat, the Irish Red and White Setter is known for its strong, powerful and athletic body. Their eyes are round and hazel or dark brown colored. They have a thick tail that tapers from the root to the tip. To ensure that you have a pure bred Irish Red and White Setter, check the roof of its mouth. It should have black spots.

Some Quick Facts:


Life Expectancy:
11-15years

Energy Level:
Higher than average.

Living Conditions:
Needs big yard or farm/country setting.

Barking:
Average.

Exercise Needs:
Long walk and chance to run freely.

Breed Group:
Sporting

Size:
Medium-Large

Height:
22-26 inches

Weight:
50-75 pounds

Standard Hair Colors:
The base color is always white and this white canvas is tempered with islands of solid red patches.

National breed club:
Irish Red & White Setter Association

Irish Red and White Setter Skills

The Irish Red and White Setters were bred primarily for hunting. Now, Irish Red and White Setters still hunt, but they are also bred to perform in show circles and to act as family pets or companions and as watchdogs.

Irish Red and White Setter Personality

Irish Red and White Setters are energetic, intelligent and affectionate. Some may be difficult to train and are quick to pick up bad habits, thus, these dogs must be trained at an early age. They are, however, good with children and get along well with other household pets. Irish Red and White Setters are quick dogs and have a heightened sense of smell. This hardy canine can withstand any terrain and any kind of climate.

Exercise Needs

Being a very active breed, Irish Red and White Setters require a lot of exercise. Ideally, Setters should be allowed to run free at least once daily. If this is not possible then take the canine on long walks every day.

Living Conditions

Unfortunately, the Irish Red and White Setter would find it difficult to live in a place with limited space. This highly active breed requires a lot of exercise, thus it will do well in a place with a significantly big yard, or in a farm in the country.

Grooming Requirements

As the name implies, the Irish Red and White Setter come in the colors red and white. The base color is always white and this white canvas is tempered with islands of solid red patches. Aside from their distinct colors, Irish Red and White Setters are known for their long, straight, flat, silky hair particularly at the back of both sets of legs, the outer ear flap and on its flank. The hair on all other parts of the body should be short and flat and free from curls. Regular baths and brushing will help maintain and enhance its vibrant and silky coat.

Health Issues

As Irish Red and White Setters tend to overeat and grow big, it is advised that this dog be fed 2 or 3 small meals a day instead of giving them one big meal. Aside from obesity, the Irish Red and White Setter is also prone to epilepsy, skin allergies, Progressive Retinal Atrophy (PRA) and elbow and/or hip dysplasia. In addition to these, if left unattended, the ears may be susceptible to otitis thus making the normally docile dog irritable.

If you liked this dog…

A breed similar to the Irish Red and White Setter is its close cousin, the Irish Setter.

Irish Red and White Setter

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