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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.

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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