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Irish Red and White Setter

Life Span:~11 to 15 years
Litter Size: 6 to 12
Country of Origin: Ireland

Size: Males stand 24 to 26 inches at the shoulder; females, 22.5 to 24 inches. Irish Red and White Setters generally weigh between 50 to 70 pounds.

Coat: The coat is medium length and rather flat, with a base of pearl white or white with solid red patches. The nose and legs can have some mottling and flecking but cannot be roan (red and white evenly mixed). The furnishings are long, thick and straight and the coat can have a slight wave but cannot be curly.

Character: More suited to country than town, the Setter loves free gallop and will take plenty of exercise to occupy its mind. Lovely family dogs, loves children and are relatively easy to obedience train. Likes to be with people and not left on their own for too long. Requires firm and consistent training, otherwise can be quite a handful.

Appearance: The Irish Red and White Setter’s ears are set well back and low, of moderate length and covered with silky hair. They have longer tails that are undocked that are thick at the root and finish at a fine point. Their coat is soft and either straight or slightly waved, but not curly. They have feathering on the ears, chest, throat, tail, and underbelly. Irish Red and White Setters are white with solid red patches and flecking is allowed around the face, feet, and leg up to the elbow or hock.

History: The Red and White has been known in Ireland since the 17th century and precedes the popular Irish Setter. In the late 1800s breeders began to prefer the flashier solid red variety and the Red and White started to be ignored. Due to this shift, the Red and White Setter nearly became extinct. An early 20th century a Northern Ireland clergyman, Noble Huston, and Mr. and Mrs. Will Cuddy revived the breed.

Health Issues: The Irish Red and White Setter has an average lifespan of 11 to 15 years. Although heath issues are not prominent among Irish Red and White Setters, a more common problem is posterior polar cataract, when cataracts form in the back of the eye. Rarer diseases in the Irish Red and White Setter include hip problems and von Willebrand’s disease, which prevents blood from clotting.

Temperament: They display a kindly, friendly attitude, behind which is discernible determination, courage and high spirit.

Care: Irish Red and White Setters are low-maintenance, need regular brushing, and nail and ear care. Regular grooming as a pup is a useful tool in the bonding experience, leading to trust when training begins. Irish Red and White Setters require daily brushing, exercise and space.

Training: These are highly intelligent dogs. Puppies are naturally exuberant but they would take to training easily. With this breed, house breaking would not be a problem. However, training must be done at an early age. Training would ensure that the dog would mature into a well mannered dog.

Activity: All setters need a daily long, brisk walk or jog or they will become restless and difficult to manage. Do not allow the dog to walk in front of the person holding the lead. The dog must be made to heel beside or behind the human, as in the dog's mind, the leader goes first and that leader must be the human. In addition, they will also enjoy running free in the safety of a fenced yard.
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