American Canine Association

Breeds

Breed Name: Irish Red & White Setter


History

Developed prior to the 1800's, the Irish Red and White Setter is a breed typically used as a gun dog and hunting partner, best suited for waterfowl. This breed originated from the Gordon and English Setter bloodlines. Today, this breed is extremely popular in the USA.

Appearance

The Irish Red and White Setter is a large breed dog with males and females measuring 22-26 inches in height and weighing 50-75 pounds in weight. Their head is oblong in shape, broad between their ears and forms into a rectangular muzzle. Their two ears are pendant shaped and fall gently alongside of their face. They have two round shaped eyes that are typically light hazel to dark brown in color. Their tail is long in length, covered in hair and positioned downwards and out. This breed has a medium length coat that is longer at the legs, tail and base of their body and is wavy in appearance and soft in texture. Their coat is available in red and white. Patches and amounts of red and white will vary.

Temperament

The Irish Red and White Setter is a wonderful choice to add to any household, including growing families. This breed is happy, friendly, energetic and always ready for whatever is next. This breed can be overwhelming to some people, so be sure to fully research the Irish Red and White Setter prior to considering one, to be sure you are the correct, active family for this breed who can meet their needs. This breed is very smart, easy to train and eager to learn. This breed is sensitive to tone of voice. They require a firm, confident and gentle owner who uses positive reinforcement training methods and can remain calm in situations. This breed is a fantastic hunting partner and gun dog. Early socialization and obedience classes are recommended.

Grooming

This breed does shed daily. Daily brushing and bathing when needed; regular trips to a professional groomer are recommended.

Special Notes

Please fully research the Irish Red and White Setter prior to adding one to your family to ensure you are able to meet the life long physical and financial requirements. This breed requires a properly fenced in yard to run and roam freely within while outdoors. This breed is prone to eye issues and an autoimmune disease. All dogs originate from wolves (Canis Lupus). Each breed of dog was originally created by mixing different breeds together in an effort to bring forth certain characteristics. Once a breeder has created acceptable “breed characteristics” within their bloodline and these “breed characteristics” have shown to be reliably reproduced in the offspring for three (3) generations, the bloodline may be upgraded from the category of “foundation stock” to “pure-bred”. The same “pure-bred” breed standards vary from different continents, countries, territories, regions, breed clubs, and canine pure-breed registries depending on the goals of their breeders. Dog DNA testing companies can have accurate results for a specific bloodline of a small colony of dogs. However, there are tens of thousands of different bloodlines in the world which have not yet been tested for marker baseline results by Dog DNA testing companies as of 2017. For this reason Dog DNA testing companies do not guarantee the 100% accuracy of their breed lineage results and will also show different marker results for the same pure-bred breed in different continents, countries, territories, regions, breed clubs, and canine pure-breed registries depending on the goals of their breeders.

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