Irish Red and White Setters FAQs

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS - IRISH RED AND WHITE SETTERS

Q: WHAT IS AN IRISH RED AND WHITE SETTER?

Q : HOW BIG WILL AN IRISH RED AND WHITE SETTER GROW ?

Q : WILL A DOG BE BETTER THAN A BITCH ?


Q : DO IRISH RED AND WHITE SETTERS NEED A LOT OF EXERCISE ?


Q : DO IRISH RED AND WHITE SETTERS REQUIRE A LOT OF GROOMING ?

Q : ARE IRISH RED AND WHITE SETTERS EASY TO TRAIN ?

Q : DO IRISH RED AND WHITE SETTERS HAVE ANY PECULIAR CHARACTERISTICS ?

Q : WHAT IS THE IRISH RED AND WHITE SETTER BREED STANDARD?

Q : WHAT IS AN IRISH RED AND WHITE SETTER ?


The Irish Red and White Setter is a setter belonging to the Gundog group and dating back to the 14th century.It is a medium to large dog with a long silky pearly white coat with patches of chestnut red in various positions over its body. Chestnut flecking is permissible over the nose and the bottom of the front and back legs. In order not to be "mismarked" the dog must have chestnut red markings over both eyes and ears and a chestnut patch on the top of the tail.The Irish Red and White Setter is an extremely friendly and loving dog and makes an ideal family pet as they are very good with children.

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Q : HOW BIG WILL AN IRISH RED AND WHITE SETTER GROW ?

The dogs are generally taller than the bitches and also heavier. There is no specified height for an Irish Red and White Setter under the English Kennel Club Standard ; however the American Standard specifies the desirable height at the withers of dogs to be 25 1/2 - 27 inches and bitches to be 23 1/2 - 25 inches and the Irish Kennel Club Standard specifies the desirable height at the withers of dogs as 24 1/2 - 26 inches (62.6 - 66cm) and of bitches as 22 1/2 - 24 inches (57.2 - 61cm)

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Q : WILL A DOG BE BETTER THAN A BITCH ?

A bitch will usually have a season every six months and this will last approximately two and a half weeks. This can obviously be a problem if there are other dogs around as separation is the only sure method of avoiding an unwanted pregnancy. A bitch tends to have less coat than a dog - in the summer many Irish Red and White Setter bitches look very "bald" indeed; they can lose a lot of coat and show their natural spots on the skin underneath the coat. A bitch is usually more independent than a dog who tends to be very loyal often to one person. As Keith Smith puts it very well - "In a kennel full of dogs and bitches, the dog thinks he's the boss. The bitch knows she's the boss and just lets the dog think that they are!"

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Q : DO IRISH RED AND WHITE SETTERS NEED A LOT OF EXERCISE ?

Yes they do ! Any setter will take as much exercise as you can give them ! This is not the type of dog for someone who lives in a flat or appartment and has nowhere to give the dog a good run on a daily basis. An Irish Red and White Setter will easily run for a couple of miles on a daily walk and after a short break be ready to go again if you let him.

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Q : DO IRISH RED AND WHITE SETTERS REQUIRE A LOT OF GROOMING ?

An Irish Red and White Setter should ideally be brushed every day as this will keep the coat in good condition. They also require a bath on a fairly regular basis - often due to getting the white of their coat very dirty when out walking. The feathering of the coat can easily get knotted with small twigs, branches etc. if the dog is exercised near undergrowth and this should be removed as soon as possible. A comb as well as a brush is often required for the feathering on the tail and under the body and the backs of the legs. If you intend to show your dog you will need to trim him to improve his appearance for the showring. All dogs however should have the hair trimmed from between their toes so that this area does not get clogged up with mud and cause infection. If the hair on the ears becomes too long it may also get into the dog's food and can be very unpleasant - it is best to trim the excess hair from beneath the ears.

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Q : ARE IRISH RED AND WHITE SETTERS EASY TO TRAIN ?

No dog is easy to train - all training requires patience and understanding. However having had both Irish Red Setters and Irish Red and White Setters I personally find the Irish Red and White Setter far easier to train. They are very intelligent and are eager to please - if you give them consistent commands then they will reward you with a well trained obedient dog ! Training should be done little and often - 5 to 10 minutes training each day is far more beneficial than 1 to 2 hours every two weeks. Training classes which are present in most areas are an excellent source of help to owners and dogs alike and also prove to be a good source of socialisation.

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Q : DO IRISH RED AND WHITE SETTERS HAVE ANY PECULIAR CHARACTERISTICS ?

Yes, an Irish Red and White Setter loves to be up high and will love to stand or sit on tables or anything above ground. One of mine loved nothing better than to sit on top of his kennel and the garden table is a favourite place to sit ! They are persistent talkers and very often very loud yawners - they also grin by putting their top lips up and smiling at you ! They also love to pad on both front paws jumping from one leg to the other or padding with both feet together - looking more like a jumping kangaroo than a dog !

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Q : WHAT IS THE IRISH RED AND WHITE SETTER BREED STANDARD ?


The Irish Red and White Setter Breed Standard is a picture in words that describes each breed of dog and is owned by the Kennel Club and all changes are subject to approval by the Kennel Club General Committee. The Kennel Club's breed standard for the Irish Red and White Setter can be found at the following link - click here

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