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Irish Red and White Setter

Irish Red and White Setter

The Irish Red and White Setter is a strong, athletic dog with a well-feathered, medium-length coat that is pearl white with red patches. Adult dogs are approximately 58.5-68.5cm in height and weigh around 27-32kg.

Irish Red and White Setter
  • Category size: Large
  • Grooming requirements: More than once a week
Irish Red and White Setter
  • Shedding: Moderate
  • Allergies: No
  • Noise: Not too noisy
  • Dog Group Kennel Club: Gundog
Irish Red and White Setter
  • Alone: 1 to 3 hours
  • Other pets: High
  • Stability as a guard: Low

Origin

Closely related to the Irish (Red) Setter, the Irish Red and White Setter dog breed can be traced back to the 18th century, though it could well have existed before that time, as red and white hunting dogs are described in texts dating back to the 1500s. Setters were popular sporting dogs with the landed gentry in the 17th and 18th centuries, and most were red with white, but towards the end of the 19th century, an entirely red coat was favoured and the Red and White was in danger of dying out. Fortunately enough survived for dedicated breeders to revive the breed after the First World War.

Personality

A gentle, biddable, good-natured dog, the Irish Red and White Setter makes a happy, affectionate companion and is an enthusiastic worker too. As he is energetic, he does need an active owner to attend to his exercise needs.

Health

As with many breeds, the Irish Red and White Setter can suffer from various hereditary eye disorders, and hip dysplasia (a condition that can lead to mobility problems). Eye testing and hip scoring of dogs prior to breeding is therefore important. They can also be prone to gastrointestinal disorders.

Exercise

An energetic, active dog, the Irish Red and White Setter needs two hours or more of daily exercise, to include free-running.

Nutrition

Large breed dogs, as well as having large appetites, benefit from a different balance of nutrients including minerals and vitamins compared to smaller-breed dogs.

Grooming

Brushing and combing the coat a couple of times a week is recommended, paying particular attention to the feathering (longer hair on the tail, backs of the legs, chest and tummy) which will tangle if neglected.

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Adoption

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