Country of Origin
The Irish Red and White Setter originated in Ireland, and is also known as the IRWS, Parti-colored Setter and the Red and White Irish Setter. While the red colored Irish Setter gained wild popularity, it originated from the Irish Red and White Setter. Unfortunately, due to the popularity of the red Irish Setter, the numbers of the Irish Red and White Setter dwindled in the late 19th century, becoming nearly extinct during WWI. The salvation of the breed is credited to an Irish clergyman named Noble Huston who managed to build up small numbers of the breed. A few of his pups were even sent abroad to England, Spain and the United States. In 1940, a woman named Maureen Cuddy was given a Irish Red and White Setter that was quite ill and nursed her back to health. It is believed that the majority of existing Irish Red and White Setter's descend from Mrs. Cuddy's puppy. It was between WWII and the 1980's that the breed really began to flourish once again and became it's own breed separate from the Irish Setter. In January of 2009, the Irish Red and White Setter was officially recognized by the American Kennel Club.
The Irish Red and White Setter male will typically reach heights of 24-26 inches, while the female is slightly smaller, reaching heights of 22-24 inches. They will reach an average weight of 50-75 pounds.
The Irish Red and White Setter's coat is fine and medium length. The coat should appear feathered and, while some slight waving is permissible, the coat should never be curly. The coat obviously has only one color option, which is the parti-colored white base with red patches. Flecking or mottling near the face, feet and legs is allowable, however roaning is not permissible.
The Irish Red and White Setter is an extremely friendly breed that exhibits no guarding instinct. They will likely get along with everyone from other pets and children to strangers on the street. The Irish Red and White Setter is an intelligent breed, and are very responsive to the tone of their master's voice. A passive owner may be taken advantage of by their Irish Red and White Setter. If you do not feel that you can be a confident and commanding leader, it may be best to look for the more submissive puppies in the litter.
The Irish Red and White Setter have an independent spirit which may make it difficult to train, however, they do respond with a firm but gentle hand and plenty of exercise. The Irish Red and White Setter can become high strung and even destructive without proper mental and physical exercise. The field type Irish Red and White Setter will have a higher exercise drive that the bench(show) type, however they will both require exercise. They are very quick and have a great sense of smell. The Irish Red and White Setter is a hardy dog and does well in any climate, including wet terrain.
The Irish Red and White Setter requires daily brushing to keep the coat in excellent condition. The coat may require extra brushing during shedding period. The Irish Red and White Setter is an average shedder and requires bathing only when necessary.
The Irish Red and White Setter is fairly easy to housebreak but may require a firm but gentle hand when doing further training. They should be trained at an early age to avoid bad habits.
The Irish Red and White Setter are a very energetic dog and not recommended for apartment living. They require plenty of exercise, the ability to run free in a fenced area and thrive if they receive a long daily walk.