The Irish Red and White Setter, also called as the Part-colored Setter, is a breed of strong, powerful dog that originated in Ireland. It belongs to the sporting breed family which is remarkable for their amiable nature as well as their being well-rounded escorts. Irish Red and White Setters have been bred to become excellent gun dogs. Their fine coat has good feathering parts. Coat colors merely include a base white shade with solid red patches.
Height and Weight
The male members of the Irish Red and White Setter breed normally stand a height of 24 to 26 in at the withers, while bitches come in 22 to 24 in height. Both sexes commonly weigh between 50 to 75 lbs.
Irish Red and White Setters, in general, are energetic, high-spirited, and intelligent dogs. They are loving and affectionate toward their family owners. They do not have strong guarding instincts, and can easily get along well with children and other animals. To keep the breed from becoming high-strung and reckless, adequate mental and physical stimulation has to be provided. Parti-colored Setters are sensitive and independent, though can be rather impulsive at times. They need a handler who can display an innate air of authority over them. The breed requires an owner who can be firm, confident, and consistent when it comes to discipline. Otherwise, these large dogs will be difficult to manage. Proper training is also necessary to keep the Parti-colored Setters stable-minded.
Irish Red and White Setters need to be brushed on a daily basis. Checking their ears regularly as well as plucking any loose hair may also be necessary to keep them looking tidy. Bathe sessions are not mandatory, and shampooing may only be done when very necessary. The breed is an average shedder.
Some of the typical health issues linked to Irish Red and White Setters include hip dysplasia, hypothyroidism, heart disease, and anemia. They are also susceptible to cataracts, CLAD or Canine Leucocyte Adhesion Deficiency, and von Willebrand’s disease. The breed has an average life expectancy of 11 to 15 years.
Members of the Irish Red and White Setter breed are generally suitable for country-living as they do best when given a lot of space to move about. Access to a large yard is highly advisable for this hyperactive breed. They do not do well as apartment dogs, and would need at least long brisk walks every day to remain manageable.