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Although the Irish Red and White Setter is
one of the newest breeds to be recognized
by the American Kennel Club, it has a long
history in Ireland which dates back to the
17th century where it was as a versatile gundog
and companion. There are two types of Setters,
the Irish and the Red and White, with the
latter believed to be the older of the two.
Around 1850, the Irish Setter - 'one of the
world's most beautiful breeds' - became so
immensely popular that the Red and White Setter
became very rare and was thought to be extinct.
Credit is given to Rev. Noble Huston - an
Irish clergyman who in the 1920s initiated
a program to revive the breed. Not only was
he successful, but it's claimed he also developed
the foundation stock of the modern Irish Red
and White Setter.
In 1944, the breed was reported to be once
again established and the same year the Irish
Red and White Setter Society was formed in
Ireland. It is not known for certain exactly
when this breed first entered the United States,
although it has been said they were shown
here prior to World War II. In the 1960s,
a few dogs were imported but it was not until
the '80s Irish Red and White Setters were
brought to the U.S. for breeding purposes.
The American Kennel Club officially recognized
the Irish Red and White Setter in the Sporting
Group in 2009.
The height for a male Irish Red and White
Setter when measured at the shoulder is between
24.5-26 inches (62-66 cm). Females are a bit
shorter and measure 22.5-24 inches 57-61 cm).
The weight of an Irish Red and White Setter
can range from 50-75 pounds (23-34 kg).
The Irish Red and White Setter has a long,
fine and silky coat with plentiful feathering.
The coat should be brushed weekly and bathed
when necessary to keep it in good condition.
The color of the Irish Red and White Setter's
coat is primarily white with solid red patches.
Temperament: The Irish Red
and White Setter is very friendly and spirited.
This breed is very loyal and devoted. Irish
Red and White Setters make a wonderful family
pet and companion and are also great with
(active) kids. This breed is easy to train,
but training should be done in a patient,
gentle manner. Irish Red and White Setters
are packed with energy therefore needs to
be exercised daily. This is a tireless breed
so keep it active by running, free play and
long walks. If the Irish Red and White Setter
is under exercised or bored, he may become
Problems: The Irish
Red and White Setter is a healthy breed. Although
considered extremely rare, the inherited disease
Posterior Polar Cataract (PPC) has been found
in this breed. Other health concerns include
cancer, heart problems and allergies. The
life expectancy for an Irish Red and White
Setter is between 11 - 15 years.
• In 1978,
the Irish Red and White Setter was classified
as a separate breed from its cousin, the Irish
Setter, by the Irish Kennel Club.
It is almost certain the Irish Setter was
developed from the Irish Red and White Setter
making it the younger of the two.
AKC: Sporting Group
ANKC: Gundogs Group 3
CKC: Sporting Dogs Group 1
FCI: Group 7 Section 2 British & Irish
Pointers & Setters
UKC: Gundog Breeds