Irish Red And White Setter

The Irish Red and White Setter dog breed barely escaped extinction when most breeders began focusing on the all-red varieties. Now they’re considered a separate breed from their Irish Setter cousins.

Even though these are purebred dogs, you may find them in the care of shelters or rescue groups. Remember to adopt! Don’t shop if you want to bring a dog home.

As gundogs, the Irish Red and White Setters are slow to train but eventually become loyal and reliable hunters. They can also be great family companions, though their high energy and exercise needs make them a poor choice for apartment dwellers or those who can’t keep up with them physically. If you can provide them with plenty of activity for their body and brain, this may be the breed for you!

See below for complete list of dog breed traits and facts about Irish Red and White Setters!

Irish Red And White Setter Dog Breed Pictures

Breed Characteristics:

Adaptability

Adapts Well To Apartment Living
1
Good For Novice Owners
3
Sensitivity Level
4
Tolerates Being Alone
1
Tolerates Cold Weather
4
Tolerates Hot Weather
3

All Around Friendliness

Affectionate With Family
5
Kid-Friendly
4
Dog Friendly
4
Friendly Toward Strangers
4

Health And Grooming Needs

Amount Of Shedding
3
Drooling Potential
1
Easy To Groom
3
General Health
2
Potential For Weight Gain
2
Size
3

Trainability

Easy To Train
4
Intelligence
4
Potential For Mouthiness
4
Prey Drive
3
Tendency To Bark Or Howl
3
Wanderlust Potential
4

Physical Needs

Energy Level
5
Intensity
5
Exercise Needs
5
Potential For Playfulness
5

Vital Stats:

Dog Breed Group:
Sporting Dogs
Height:
22 to 26 inches tall at the shoulder
Weight:
50 to 70 pounds
Life Span:
10 to 14 years

More About This Breed

  • Early Irish Setters came in red or red and white, but eventually breeders began to focus only on the red varieties, and the red-and-white setters almost disappeared. They were saved from extinction, however, and now they're considered a separate breed from their Irish Setter cousins.

    As gundogs, they take their own sweet time in learning their duties, but eventually become loyal and reliable hunters. They display a strong zest for life and make great friends for kids who are big enough to stand up to their rambunctious play. Give them a home with lots of room to run, and be prepared to train them with patience and consistency.

  • Size

    Males stand 24 to 26 inches at the shoulder; females, 22. 5 to 24 inches. Irish Red and White Setters generally weigh between 50 to 70 pounds.

  • Coat Color And Grooming

    The long, silky coat is white with deep patches of red. The backs of the legs, the outer ear flap, the chest and throat, and the tail are adorned with straight, flat feathering.

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