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Irish Red and White Setter

Irish R&W Setter, IRWS


Sportsmen thrill at the sight of a noble Irish Red and White Setter frozen on point, motionless as a statue. These medium-to-large bird dogs are powerful, solid, and sinewy, with enough stamina and bird sense to get the job done any day of the week and twice on Sunday. The stunning coat—vivid red “islands” floating on a sea of pearl white—has a practical function: It enables hunters to spot their dog at a distance. The handsome face projects a keen but kindly expression.

The Irish Red and White setter can be the most devoted and affectionate of dogs making them ideal all-round family dogs. They are extremely intelligent and respond well to proper training but they do need to have plenty to occupy them. They thrive best in active families, where they have outlets for their high energy, and require space to run freely. Young puppies do not require much exercise but once they reach maturity the breed's working instincts mean they require enough space to be able to run hard and fast for a long distance. Setters are usually good natured, very gentle and get on well with children and other dogs.

Size Large
Height Male: 24-26 inches (62-66 cm)Female: 22-24 inches (56-61 cm)
Weight 50-75 pounds (25-34 kg)
Lifespan 11-13 years
Colors Red White
Origin Ireland
Classification Purebred
Good Lapcat
Good In Apartments

The Irish Red and White Setter is not recommended for apartment life unless the owners are active daily joggers or bikers and plan on taking the dog along with them. This breed does best with a large yard.

Good With Children

Good with Kids: This is a suitable breed for kids and is known to be playful, energetic, and affectionate around them.

Good With Dogs

Good With Cats

Exercise Needs

All setters need a daily long, brisk walk or jog or they will become restless and difficult to manage. In addition, they will also enjoy running free in the safety of a fenced yard.


Moderately Easy Training: The Irish Red and White Setter is fairly easy to housebreak but may require a firm but gentle hand when doing further training. They should be trained at an early age to avoid bad habits.



Grooming Requirements

Moderate Maintenance: The Irish Red and White Setter requires daily brushing to keep the coat in excellent condition. The coat may require extra brushing during shedding period. The Irish Red and White Setter is an average shedder and requires bathing only when necessary.


Moderate Shedding: The Irish Red and White has a silky coat that sheds dirt easily. It also sheds hair, but only moderately. The coat should look natural and, except for the undersides of the feet, does not need any shaving or trimming.



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