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Irish Red and White Setter (Irish Red and White Setter)

Irish Brown and White Setter

Country of origin:

Domestic dog, bird dog

Brown and white

Intelligent, energetic, cheerful, playful, easy-going, affectionate, gentle, affectionate, devoted, reliable

57-66 cm

25-32 kg

12-14 years

Other names:
Spotted Setter, Irish Red and White Setter


Litter size:
7-8 puppies

The Irish Red and White Setter is first and foremost captivating in appearance – its glossy, silky coat and spirited gaze are unmistakable.These dogs have an incredibly gentle character and a good temperament. The Irish Brown and White Setter is a hunting dog with a very strong hunting instinct – this is not to be taken away even from dogs that are simply family friends and exhibitors. the breed is intelligent and trainable, but when it sees or smells prey, it may not be able to hear what its owner is telling it.

History of the dog

Irish Setters come in two types – solid chestnut and white with brown spots. It is thought that the Irish Brown and White Setters were bred first, followed by the Chestnut Irish Setters. There is very little information on the origin of these dogs and it is simply not possible to trace their ancestry at present. The breed is thought to have been formed by a cross between Irish Water Spaniels and English Setters, but it has been hypothesised that Irish Setters may also have blood from Pointers, Bladhunds and Settergordons. Irish Setters were known as early as the 16th century. One of the first breeders was Morris O‘Connor, who in 1779 rented out farmhouses for Irish Setter training. The dogs he bred were chestnut with white spots, but at the same time there were also breeds with black muzzles. In the 18th century, Irish Setters were chosen by hunters, who wanted a dog that would be a good companion and adaptable to different natural conditions. Within a century or so, the maroon colour of the Irish Setter had almost completely replaced the white with brown spots – such dogs were on the verge of extinction. From the 1920s onwards, a great effort was made to preserve the brown-and-white Irish Setters – this was only successful after a little more than two decades.  In the 1970s, the Irish Brown-and-White Setters became very popular, with negative consequences – the breed developed various health problems, including behavioural problems. Fortunately, thanks to responsible breeders, these mistakes have been corrected in the last decade.

The Irish Brown and White Setter: appearance

The Irish Brown and White Setter is a medium-sized dog with a weight range of 25-32 kg. The height at the withers of males is usually 62-66 cm, females 57-61 cm. The breed has a well-proportioned physique: the back is very strong and muscular, the chest is well defined, and the ribs are round. The head is proportionate to the body, the ears are at eye level and close to the head. Eyes diamond-shaped, rounded, dark-coloured.  Bite is scissor-like. Tail stout, medium length, bushy. Long, silky textured coat on the hind and forelegs. The fur covering the other parts of the body is rather short and smooth. As the breed name suggests, the coat of these dogs is white with brown and red spots. It is important that the brown and red colours are bright and lively;

The Irish Brown and White Setter: character

The Irish Brown and White Setter is a great companion and gets along with people of all ages.The breed is very enthusiastic about playing with children, but tries to be cautious. Irish Brown and White Setters can get along with pets at home if they have been introduced to them at an early age. Because of their submissive b

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