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.