Irish Red and White Setter Dog Breed Information - All About Dogs

Irish Red and White Setter

Irish Red and White Setter



In the 19th century, the revival process spawned the Spaniel, the English Setter and Pointer. As an elder of the two Irish Setter breeds applies the Irish Red and White Setter. The Irish Red and White Setter and also the Irish Red Setter were traditionally grown on Irish farms. This breed was bred primarily for hunting work. In 2009, the Irish Red and White Setter was recognized by the American Kennel Club.

Height: 22-26 inches  Weight: 50-75 pounds  Lifespan: 10-15 years


The physique of this breed of is powerful, without appearing heavy. Its proportions are harmonious. The head is relatively wide, with a domed skull and. The dark eyes have an oval shape. The ears are set at the eye level. The strong neck has an average length and a gentle curve. The back is well muscled. The tail should not extend beyond the ankle in length. The chest is deep with well-sprung ribs. The limbs are straight and strong, with well-bent joints. They allow the dog a full, relapsing swing with sweeping gestures. Comparable Breed: The Irish Setter.


In essence, these two species differ only slightly. Hence, the White Setter Dog is less agile and fast than the Irish Red Setter. But, he is quite persistent and has a calmer character than the Irish Red. Both breeds are friendly, loyal and cuddly. As this breed is very sensitive, it can react nervously to rush and moodiness of humans. Red and White Irish Setters are rather balanced dogs, which helps them fit well in a family. Representatives of this breed need a lot of movement. They especially enjoy extensive runs and play, which makes them more suitable for outdoor living. After puberty, the Irish Setter usually develops a strong hunting instinct. In addition, his stamina and intelligence are his most distinctive traits.

Coat / Care:

The Irish Red and White Setter are adorned with a long silky hair, the so-called ‘feathering’ on the back side of the front and rear legs. Also, flanks are covered with a reasonable amount of hair that continues on the chest and throat. The feathering should always be straight, flat and free from curls. But, a slight wave is permissible. The tail should be well feathered. On all other parts of the body, the hair should also be short, smooth and free from curl. The base color is white with solid red patches, which should distinguish a maximum of life and bloom. Dotting is allowed on the feet, front and lower hind legs. However, it is undesirable on any other part of the dog’s body.

Health Problems:

The Irish Red and White Setter is generally healthy dog breed, but like all breeds, they can be prone to Cataracts, Von Willebrand disease and Canine Leukocyte Adhesion Deficiency (CLAD). The Irish Red and White Setter has a life expectancy of 10 to 15 years.

Weight / Height

The male Irish Red and White Setter dog breed’s height is around 24.5 – 26 inches and weighs around 42 and 60 pounds. Female Irish Red and White Setter dogs can reach a size from 22.5 – 24 inches and weighs between 35 and 50 pounds. Male dogs are generally larger than females.


The Irish Red and White Setter are like an elephant. He remembers all experiences, whether positive or negative. Thus, the dog loves to learn and learns with ease. The coach should be careful since the too rigid methodology is not useful. On the contrary, it can only aggravate the teaching process. Moreover, this breed responds well to approach that is based on motivation and fun. The Irish Red and White Setter are suitable for novice dog breeders.


The Irish Setter is a pointing dog with a very good sense of smell. This dog breed is fast and agile, which is used as a working gun dog and included in the sporting group in Canada and the United States. Its character features make it a pleasant companion dog. He is also known as a companion dog and family dog. The Irish Red and White Setter is full of energy and therefore needs two to three hours of exercise on an everyday basis.

Photo credit: Arnie Bracy/Flickr

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