Irish Red and White Setter
This strong and powerful looking dog has a history shrouded in myth and storytelling nuances. However, the Irish Red and White Setter became popular in Ireland towards the end of the 18th century in varying regions of the country. Breeders boasted of the different markings their dogs had; either red and white patches, almost completely red or almost completely white dogs to name a few. As long as there was “ne’er a hair of black” found in the coat, the dog was considered to be purebred. Today, the red and white patched variety is the most common coloring, with the actual size and type of markings still varying to a degree.
The Red and White is a flashy dog with a robust body and a gorgeous coat. While popular by the end of the 19th century, this dog lost its numbers around World War I due to the great economic and agricultural hardship of Ireland. Fortunately, the breed began to slowly grow in number after World War II. In North America today there are approximately 1000 dogs registered.
A curious dog, the Irish Red and White Setter will leave no bush unturned and thoroughly investigate its hunting field. Possessing keen sense of smell and good speed, this dog makes a wonderful hunting companion in virtually any climate and on virtually all terrain. This is an intelligent breed and requires physical and mental exercise in its daily routine. An affectionate and loving animal, the Red and White Irish Setter has a sense of independence and an indomitable spirit that makes this dog easy to admire.
Males will be between 24 and 26 inches in height while females will be between 22 and 24 inches tall at the withers. This dog will weigh between 50 and 75 pounds.