Irish Red and White Setter

Irish Red and White Setter Breed description: Character & Co

Irish Red and White Setter


The Irish Red and White Setter is basically a very old dog breed, which has gained popularity again today. If you would like to get such a dog, you can find more information about this dog breed here. The Irish Red and White Setter belongs to the section 2 for British and English pointing dogs and here to 2.2 of the setters with working test as well as to the group 7 pointing dogs.

What is the origin of the Irish Red and White Setter?

The origin of the Irish Red and White Setter is in Ireland. It is currently believed that the breeding of this dog breed began at the end of the 17th century on Irish estates and had a long tradition there. For a long time the Irish Red and White Setter was more popular there than the Setter variant Red Setter. This changed only in the 19th century.

What are the breed characteristics of the Irish Red and White Setter?

The Irish Red and White Setter is a bicolored long-haired dog that is well suited as a hunting dog, but also as a family dog and is easier to train than its red relative.

Summary of the breed characteristics:

  1. bi-coloured
  2. longhaired
  3. easy to train
  4. good hunting dog
  5. good family dog
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Alternate Name Irish Setter
Origin Ireland
Life expectancy 10 - 13 years
Care requirements high-maintenance
Activity level average
FCI group British and Irish Pointers and Setters
AKC group Sporting Group
KC group Gundog Group

What are the typical characteristics of the Irish Red and White Setter?

Unlike the faster Red Setter, the Irish Red and White Setter was bred for strength and endurance. Although these dogs can be very spirited and agile in the wild, they are calm and comfortable at home. They therefore make great family dogs if you are looking to acquire a good family dog. However, these characteristics are also of interest to hunting dog lovers, should you be one of them.

Typical character traits in a nutshell:


What are typical diseases of the Irish Red and White Setter?

Even with the greatest care and good feeding, it is possible for an Irish Red and White Setter to develop diseases such as hip dysplasia (HD), PRA - Progressive Retinal Atrophy, CLAD - Canine Leukocyte Adhesion Deficiency as well as problems with the teeth and eyes or even be deaf. This is the case with all other setter breeds as well.

Irish Red and White Setter breeding - where, how, what?

The Irish Red and White Setter is now also popularly bred in Germany and Austria. Often it is setter breeders at all who breed this variety in addition to other setter breeds. In general, good breeders always take care that the above mentioned hereditary diseases should not appear in the ancestry of the parents and that only healthy parents are used for breeding.

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The Irish Red and White Setter is slightly wider and shorter than its relative, the Red Setter. Otherwise, both dog breeds look very similar. The Irish Red and White Setter also has long silky coat, but always in the basic color white with red areas in between. Tail, hind and forelegs as well as the outer sides of the ears are also feathered with very silky fur. The Irish Red and White Setter wears its ears always close to its head.

How big does the Irish Red and White Setter grow?

The males, with a height at the withers of between 62 and 66 cm, grow taller than the females, which only reach a height at the withers of 57 to 61 cm.

How much does an Irish Red and White Setter weigh?

At the moment there is no information about the normal weight of the Irish Red and White Setter.

How old does an Irish Red and White Setter become?

As mentioned above, the Irish Red and White Setter is in principle a very old and now rediscovered dog breed. Nevertheless, information about the average age is very rare and it is estimated to be 10-13 years.

Fur length medium
Fur wavy
Ear shape Floppy Ear
Tail fanned out
Anatomy rugged
Size ♀ 57 - 61 cm
Weight ♀ 25 - 34 kg
Size ♂ 62 - 66 cm
Weight ♂ 25 - 34 kg
Suitable For Children


  • Hip dysplasia (HD)

    Hip dysplasia (HD) is a genetic condition in dogs where the hip joint is not shaped properly. This leads to pain, stiffness and restricted movement.

  • Progressive Retinal Atrophy (PRA)

    Progressive retinal atrophy (PRA) is a slowly progressive death of the retina in dogs.

  • Eye diseases

    Often occur with allergies and intolerances.

  • Tartar

    If dogs don't get a good food or sugary food, tartar can quickly appear.

  • Numbness

    Often occurs in old age.

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