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Irish Red and White Setter
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The Irish Red and White Setter is a breed of dog, more specifically a setter. It is virtually identical in use and
temperament to its cousin, the Irish Setter, but is more often found as a
The coat is long and silky, mostly white, with deep red patches.
The dogs range in height from 22 1/2
to 24 for females and 24 to 26 inches for males, and weigh 50 to 70
pounds (27-32 kg).
The Irish Red and White Setter is a pointing bird dog which
originated in the eighteenth century in Ireland where they were
particularly associated with the Rossmore family. They can take
longer to train than other gundogs, but once trained they are a
loyal and reliable companion. They need firm, decisive but not
harsh training. They can be the most devoted and affectionate of
dogs, and are extremely intelligent. Irish Red and White Setters
thrive best in active families, where they have outlets for their
high energy, and require space to run freely.
Originally all Irish Setters were mostly red, or red and white,
but from around 1880 breeders began to prefer the solid red
variety. Consequently, the breed came close to extinction. Thanks
to the efforts of an early 20th-century Northern Irish clergyman, Noble Huston, the
breed survived but only in small numbers in the island of Ireland. From around 1970 there was a
planned revival of the breed, and the numbers began to increase
slowly. By the 1980s IRWS were being imported into Great Britain,
where the breed was developed more as a show dog. In contrast to
these British IRWS in Ireland the breed has continued to be
primarily a working and field trial dog.
Breed Status in the United States: From 1 January 2009, the
Irish Red and White Setter is fully recognised by the AKC and is
eligible to compete in conformation and all other competitive
fields. The breed is recognised by most other national Kennel
Clubs. All registered Irish Red and White Setters are the
descendants of the dogs accepted by the Irish Kennel Club at the
time of the revival of the breed in the 1970s.