The Irish Setter got its recognition in the mid-17th century. Outside Ireland, people didn't know that there were two types of setter. One thing is certain - the Red and White Setter precedes the other. When the Irish Setter was presented to the public (the middle of the 19th century), there was a little confusion about their colors. In the late 19th century, the Red Setter gained a lot more popularity then the Red and White, which, despite it's ancient history, was almost extinct. In the 20's of the 20th century, an attempt was made to save the breed. In 1944, the popularity was restored by creating a club with a lot of members in Ireland. The modern Club "Red & White Irish Setter" was established in the late 1981 and thanks to it's efforts the breed became known nationally and globally. The Red and White Irish Setter often won championship titles in exhibitions and field trials.
The Irish Red and White Setter is athletic, with well-shaped muscles. The height of the representatives of the breed varies from 55 to 66 cm and their weight - from 22 to 34 kg. The head is proportionate to the body, the eyes are round, colored hazel or dark brown, and the ears are pending. The neck is long and muscular tail rests on the back level. The coat is soft and wavy. The coloration is two-tone - a basic white with red spots.
Character and behavior
The Irish Red and White Setter is very active, social, energetic and fun dog, which is very strongly attached to his master and gets along great with children and other pets in the family. This breed is not a good guard, because it would even become friends with strangers, it's so sweet and trusting.
Training and education
The Irish Setter is an energetic dog with a strong hunting passion. The training should start from an early age. First, you have to teach your dog to behave politely and toobeyunquestioningly. This is a very smart animal and will not be a problem for it to memorize different commands. Dressage and training will not be successful if using rough methods and high tone. With more patience and a perfect mixture between being strict and win the trust of your puppy, you will achieve great results.
There is a risk of volvulus, so you shouldn't allow your dog to run and play with full stomach. Hip dysplasia is typical for the setters and it is desirable to monitor the status of the puppies up to 2 years of age. Some dogs may develop epilepsy.
Setters sometimes suffer from diseases of the thyroid gland and the most common is hypothyroidism. They can also develop retinal atrophy at a young age. There is a possible occurrence of hypertrophic osteodystrophy, which leads to the inability of the animal to move. Inspect the earsregularlyto avoid acute infection.
The average life expectancy of Irish Red and White Setter is between 11 and 14 years.
Grooming and care
These dogs need more space and would not be happy if they are closed in an apartment. Walks and various exercises are vital for them. Can be grown by people who have no experience in raising dogs, and families with children. They are susceptible to training and will be glad to be given specific tasks. Their coats require more time and care - should be brushed every day.
Children and other pets
Dogs of this breed are friendly and often seek the company of other dogs to play with. As already mentioned, they get along wonderfully with children.
The Red and White Setter, also known as Rossmore Setter, was almost extinct during the World War I, but was saved by the exceptional efforts ofbeing saved by the efforts of Dr. Elliott and Reverend Huston. Despite the popular belief that the breed is very ancient, it was recognized by the AKC only in 2009 and puppies for sale are still hard to find in North America.