Breed Category: Gundog
Country of Origin: Ireland
Average Size: 60-70 cm (at the withers)
Average Weight: 25-35 kg
Average Life Span: 12-14 years
Grooming Requirements: Low
Exercise Requirements: Medium


The Irish Red and White Setter is a well-established breed with roots dating back to the 1600s. At one time its population in its native Ireland soared, but as the demand for pure red setters increased, the multi-coloured Irish Red and White Setter became endangered. It wasn’t until the early 1900s that the breed was revitalised. With its population now stable, this breed is distinctly recognised, not just in Ireland but around the world.

This breed was and is commonly used in hunting game. It has a keen sense of smell, high stamina and determination. It is well-suited for working in all kinds of weather and on all kinds of terrain.


The signature trait of the Irish Red and White Setter is its white base coat with red spots and markings throughout its body, head and feet. It may also have freckling on its muzzle or legs. In terms of grooming, the Irish Red and White Setter requires very little other than brushing. Though it is muscular, this is also a lean dog, made to look larger by its soft and feathery coat. The coat may have a slight wave to it, though it is largely straight. This breed sheds an average amount.

The Irish Red and White Setter has an athletic, yet graceful build that suits it well when it works as a hunting dog. It is approximately 60-70 cm in height with an average weight of 25-35 kg. It has a square-shaped muzzle and its brown or hazel eyes bear a warm and friendly expression. Its tail is low-set, long and feathered.


Aside from its intelligence, tIhe rish Red and White Setter is also known for its strength, stubbornness and independent nature. In order to avoid its willfulness becoming a dominant trait, firm but reasonable training and discipline are necessary. This can be a breed that is rather difficult to train for inexperienced owners, so persistence is important.

That aside, the Irish Red and White Setter is a very affectionate and dedicated family dog, getting along with people of all ages, as well as other household animals. It is sociable and cheerful and thoroughly enjoys human companionship.

The Irish Red and White Setter is also very energetic, so in order for this dog to reach its full potential as a family pet, it is crucial that it has sufficient physical and mental stimulation. This breed does best with a large yard, but long daily walks will be adequate.


The Irish Red and White Setter is a hardy and healthy breed, though it may be prone to some health conditions. It may be afflicted with hip dysplasia, cataracts, a bleeding disorder called von Willebrand disease, or autoimmune disorders such as canine leukocyte adhesion deficiency.

An average dog of this breed lives to be 12-14 years of age.


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