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Irish Red and White Setter
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Despite its name, the Irish Red and White Setter is a distinct breed, not just a different colored version of the Irish Setter. Bred primarily for the field, they should be strong, powerful and athletic, with a keen and intelligent attitude. The coat's base color is white with solid red patches.



A Look Back

Known in Ireland since the 17th century, the Red and White is thought to be the older of the two Irish Setters. However, due to the overwhelming popularity of its solid red cousin, and separate breeding of the two breeds, the Irish Red and White Setter was nearly extinct by the end of the 19th century. During the 1920's, efforts were made to revive the Irish Red and White Setter and by the 1940's, the breed began to reemerge in Ireland.

Right Breed for You?

Courageous, spirited and determined, the breed's energy in the field carries over to the home, so Red and White Setters require regular exercise. Their kind and friendly attitudes make them great family dogs. They need minimal brushing or trimming - owners prize a natural appearance and the breed tends to carry less coat than the Irish Setter.

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  • Sporting Group; AKC recognized in 2009.
  • Ranging in size from 22½ to 26 inches tall at the shoulder.
  • Gundog.

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