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Irish Red and White Setter



The average dog has one request
 to all humankind. Love me.
- Helen Exley

Irish Red and White Setter puppy

Crossfire Moonlight and Roses

Irish Red and White Setter adult
Ch Taniswood Time Will Tell

Many believe that the Irish Red and White setter is the original Irish Setter, originally bred as a "setting" dog for netting birds. 

Both the solid red and the red and white setters existed for many years. However, the introduction of dog shows in the 19th century brought the solid red dogs into the forefront, and Red and Whites were reduced to a few kept by sporting enthusiasts as personal hunting dogs. 

Fortunately, the breed never completely disappeared; it has made a significant comeback since the 1980s. 

The Irish Red and White is a powerful, hardy dog of medium size, standing about 22 1/2 to 26 inches at the shoulder. Exuberant outdoors, the Red and White makes a fine family pet indoors. The coat is pearly white, straight and flat, with large patches of red. Grooming needs are minimal as there is much less coat than the solid red Irish Setter. 

The Red and White is an active, exuberant dog who loves people. He returns affection for all family members (adults and children) rather than for an individual, but if put to work at hunting, he shows himself to be an attentive personal hunting dog. 

Like other setters, the exuberant puppy will become a more sedate older dog, but childhood will last two to three years. The Red and White is not a dog which will take well to being kept from people. 

This dog needs daily exercise and a fenced yard for its own safety. Red and Whites do not usually bark at every noise they may hear; like most setters, they will bark to herald the arrival of company but are gentle and welcoming of guests. 

Like all setters, the Red and Whites respond to positive, sensitive, motivational training methods. Harsh methods must NOT be used on a setter! Early socialization and puppy classes will produce a happy, well-adjusted dog.


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The Irish Red and White Setter Club of Canada
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CKC Irish Red and White Setter Breed Standard

Photos displayed above courtesy of:
Alice Guthrie, Crossfire



Nancy Bingham
Bow Island, AB

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Alice Guthrie
Hagersville, ON  N0A 1H0
(905) 768-5587


Gail and Leslie Harrison
Mitchell, ON   N0K 1N0
(519) 348-8267

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Did you know?


In folklore,
dreaming that a dog 
is affectionate with you, indicates great gain and loyal friends.


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