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Irish Red and White Setter

Still bred as a reliable companion and serious worker in the field, the Irish Red and White Spaniel shares few obvious traits with its more recognized cousins, the show dogs, Irish Setter and English Setter.  Nevertheless, the genial, easy going nature of the Irish Red and White Setter, along with its silkly multi-colored coat provides fanciers in Europe and more attention in the US as time passes.

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General Information
Group(s): SportingPointer-Setter Height: 22.5-26 inches
Weight: 55-75 pounds Longevity: 12-14 years
Colors: red and white Coat type: short flat coat with feathering on legs, rear and tail, white with red patches and or islands of white
Recognized Registries: NCA, UKC, FSS among others
Overall Appearance: Strong, powerful, balanced athletic hunting dog with sloping topline and well set neck
Personaility - Behavior - Training
Energy Level: can be high
General Nature: loving, tolerant and sweet
  with Children: great
  with other pets: fine
  with dogs: fine
Socialization requirements: valuable in making a confident dog
Ideal home characteristics: opportunity and room for plenty of exercise
Temperament Notes: very active, extremely smart, tendency to outsmart owners, willing to learn, easy to train, breed maintains high hunting instinct,
Training requirement: obedience desirable other as deemed for activity
Trainer notes:
Background Information
Year range of first recognition: 1981
Country of Origin: Ireland
Original Function: Setter
History: The Irish Setter probably came to its own at the end of the 17th century. It is not well
Adoption Information
Deviations from Standard: incorrect structure and loss of angles common in poorly bred animals, coloration variation including ticking, fading of red, poor heads, often mistaken for Brittany or English Setter
Health Notes: Hip Dysplasia, PPC(Posterior Polar Cataract), CLAD(Canine Leucocyte Adhesion Deficiency), vWD (vonWillebrand Disease), Hypothyroidism
Health Testing: OFA or PennHip, CERF (eye check), DNA (CLAD, vWD), thryroid panel
Questions to ask Breeder:  - The Breeder Questions as listed here provided with explanations and answers you will want to be looking for!
  • How long have you had Irish Red & White Setters?
  • Why do you have Irish Red & White Setters (show, performance, hunting, etc.)?
  • What do you consider to be the most important single characteristic of an Irish Red & White Setter?
  • What health issues have you seen in the breed?
  • What criteria do you set for your breeding stock?
  • Do you plan to keep a puppy from this litter?
  • How often do you have puppies?
  • Do you have a written contract and puppy guarantee?
  • At what age do you send your pups to their homes?
  • How would you describe the ideal Irish Red & White Setter?
  • How would you describe the ideal Irish Red & White Setter home?
  • Are your puppies whelped in your home?
  • What advice would you offer someone in raising and training an Irish Red & White Setter?
  • How do you assist or help Irish Red & White Setters in need of rescue?
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    Other Resources
    Breed standard: Standard, history and other good IRWS info from the Irish Kennel Club - The UK Standard for the Irish Red and White Setter

    Breeder Ethics: - Code of Ethics for the British Irish Red and White Setter Club

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