Breed Information Centre

Irish Red & White Setter


Illustration of Irish Red & White Setter

This breed derives from the same root-stock as the Irish Setter, and may even have been his predecessor. Records provide several references to the breed being kept in prominent kennels of the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries, one of which was owned by the Lord Rossmore of Monaghan. Even today, the Red and White is occasionally known as the Rossmore Setter.

Relatively recently reintroduced to the UK, and steadily increasing in popularity, he is similar to the Irish, but differs in having a more powerful, broader head, and a less prominent peak to the back of the skull. He is also heavier in body, and is described as athletic rather than racy. He sports an easily maintained coat of medium length that is basically white with solid red patches.

As with the solid red Irish Setter, the Kennel Club standard does not state specific height or weight requirements, and some are known to stand up to 68.5 centimetres (27 inches) and weigh around 32 kilograms (70 pounds).

He is a good-natured dog, capable of joining in family pursuits, and is not difficult to feed.

Breed Group
Vulnerable Native Breed
How much exercise?
More than 2 hours per day
Length of coat
How much grooming?
More than once a week
Supposedly sheds? *
Town or Country
Type of home
Large House
Minimum Garden Size
Over 10 Years

* If you are asthmatic or have an allergy, you should consult your medical advisor before considering obtaining a dog. More information can also be found on the Kennel Club website.

The Gundog Breed Group

Dogs that were originally trained to find live game and/or to retrieve game that had been shot and wounded. This group is divided into four categories - Retrievers, Spaniels, Hunt/Point/Retrieve, Pointers and Setters - although many of the breeds are capable of doing the same work as the other sub-groups. They make good companions, their temperament making them ideal all-round family dogs.

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