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Irish Red & White Setter


Illustration of Irish Red & White Setter

The Red and White Setter was the original Irish Setter. Like the other Setters he was traditionally used by falconers, indicating the presence of game by going into a 'set' or 'freeze' when he scented game. Before the invention of gunpowder, he was used with nets and the hunters would come and throw nets over the crouching birds which the dogs had located.

The Irish Red and White was the preferred Setter because its colours made it easier to spot when working at a distance. The breed suffered from the later popularity of the Red Setter and the population dwindled in the first decades of the 20th century. Fortunately, in recent years, there has been a revival of interest.

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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