Irish Red and White Setter

Breed Rating

family friendly:
Dog friendly:
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Exercise needed:
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Breed Attributes


Breed group: Sporting    Type: Pure Breed    Talent: , , , ,


Size: Large     Weight: 50-75 lbs     Fur length: Long    Ears: Flappy    Fur type: Straight    Fur Color: Brown & White


Life Expectancy: About 11-15 years    Rarity: Common    Availability: Easily available    Climate: Good for every climate.

Breed Details


The Red and White Setter isn't too well known outside of it's native Ireland. There is two known Irish Setter breeds and it has been documented that the Red and White is the older of the two breeds. There has always been a slight confusion about the Irish Setter's proper color because they were often confused for each other. It was commonly thought that they were; in fact, the same breed, but they later noticed that the Red and White dogs were fading away. The breed was thought to be in extinction but during the late 1920s there was a lot of efforts being made to revive the breed. The hard work led to the breed being separately classified and given a champion status by the Irish Kennel Club.


As the name of the dog breed states; Red and White.


The Irish Red and White Setter has fine silky hair called feathering located on legs and a decent amount on the flank extending to the chest and throat. On the Setter's head, legs and other parts of the body the hair is flat, short and straight. Curly hair is a disqualifying quality, but a slight wave of the hair is accepted.


Irish Red and White Setters are an energetic, intelligent breed. They are very affectionate, tend to get along well with other animals and are great with children!


A known health condition that affects many Irish Red and White Setters is Posterior Polar Cataract (PPC). They will not cause the dog to become blind, but it is present in this dog breed. Give these Setters a good amount of exercise and they should live a healthy life.


These dogs can be very difficult to own without the proper training. Give these dogs a lot of exercise, firm handling and good communication and you will enjoy owning a Red and White! Make sure that you start training the dog at a young age to prevent it from developing any bad habits. Enforce the fact that you are their master because you don't want to lose control of your dog.


It is difficult to manage an Irish Red and White Setter who doesn't get much exercise because the breed will tend to become restless. A long walk is recommended daily and a big yard to run around safely is a plus.

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