Irish Red And White Setter


Reliable, Energetic, Devoted
Size: Large
Height: 57-66 cm
Weight: 25-34 kg
Lifespan: 10-13 years
Coat: Longhair
Colors: Red-white
FCI Group: Pointing Dogs

The Irish Red And White Setter is the little-known older brother of the Irish Setter and the Red Setter. Like his brothers, he is a hunting dog. He is generally praised for his fine nose, his cheerful nature and his family friendliness. He hunts with great passion.

Irish Red And White Setter
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The Irish White and Red Setter is very similar to the more well-known Irish Red Setter. The differences in appearance lie in a broader head and a stronger body. Overall, the Irish White and Red Setter makes a very athletic impression. The height at the withers is around 62 to 66 cm in males and 57 to 61 cm in females. It owes its name to its white coat color with red spots.

His friendly nature makes him an ideal family dog. He is a good-natured hunting dog with a lovable nature. The Irish Red and White Setter wants to be a loyal and good friend to its owner. In order for his character to develop, he needs a family connection.

When hunting, he is passionate, determined and courageous. He can also overcome rough terrain with ease. The Irish Red and White Setter is also relatively easy to train. He is calm in the house. As an energetic hunting dog, however, it feels most at home outdoors.

How it is used for hunting depends entirely on its owner. First and foremost, it is a pointing dog. With its fine nose, it tracks game unerringly. It is particularly suitable for hunting small game. He also likes to go into the water, can retrieve and does well on the track.

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Children suitable:

With supervision

The right food

When choosing food, make sure that it contains high-quality ingredients, is balanced and meets your dog's requirements. Age, size or weight, activity and health status play an important role. You should follow the manufacturer's recommendations for the amount of food.

Treats should only be fed in moderation and deducted from the basic diet to avoid obesity.

Puppies can be fed 4-6 times a day. The number of meals should be gradually reduced to 2 per day until the dog is fully grown. A rest period should be observed after meals.

Fresh drinking water should be available at all times.

Health & Care

Grooming the Irish Red and White Setter is relatively simple, but time-consuming. The coat is long and tends to become matted. It must therefore be brushed daily.

When hunting in the forest, small branches, leaves, bushes and other dirt can quickly get caught in the fur. After every outing, the coat should therefore be thoroughly cleaned and checked for parasites and ticks. If the dirt cannot be removed by brushing, you can bathe it with a mild dog shampoo. Fortunately, the Irish Red and White Setter loves to jump into the water.

The Irish Red and White Setter has a tendency to drool. It may leave drool marks in the home. Apart from regular brushing, it does not need much grooming.

Suitable accessories

If you don't want to use your Irish Red and White Setter for hunting, you still need to keep him busy. You need to challenge his intelligence and give him tasks to keep him busy.

Retrieving toys are always popular with the Irish Red and White Setter. Retrieving game can be trained with a dummy. He likes to chase after a toy such as a flyball. In the house, his alert nature can be challenged with intelligence toys.

Protective and thermal vests are suitable for hunting. A signal collar with a harness can help you find your dog in the dark. Tick tweezers help to remove annoying pests from the coat.

Other accessories that your Irish Red and White Setter will need: Dog basket or dog mat as a retreat, water and food bowl, claw clippers, mild dog shampoo, brush and comb, toothbrush and toothpaste for dogs, transport box for transportation in the car and a first aid kit. Ask your vet what belongs in the first aid kit.


Irish Red And White Setter History Picture

Origin & History

The Irish Red and White Setter has been documented since the 17th century. Irish landowners kept it and the Irish Red Setter as hunting dogs. It is assumed that the Irish Red and White Setter is the older of the two breeds.

For a long time, the Irish Red and White Setter was the more popular of the two breeds. Demand rose sharply. In the 19th century, there are said to have been more red and white setters than single-colored red setters.

Over time, the Irish Red Setter became more and more popular. The demand for the Irish Red and White Setter declined to such an extent that some thought it was extinct. After 1920, efforts were made to preserve the breed. In 1944, the Irish Red and White Setter Society was founded.

A successor organization, the Irish Red and White Setter Club, was founded in 1981. In the meantime, the Irish Red and White Setter has re-established itself nationally and internationally.