HISTORY OF THE IRISH RED AND WHITE SETTER BREED
In 1863 at the Rotunda Show in Dublin, both colours were exhibited but from this time onwards the "red setter" appears to take over the red and white setter in popularity. The revival of the Irish Red and White Setter begins in the early 1900's and a number of Irish people were responsible for getting the breed into its current situation.
Reverend Noble Huston, Mr R Cleland, Mr & Mrs Cuddy to name but a few. A large amount of interbreeding of “Irish Red Setters" and "Irish Red and White Setters" has made the breed what it is today and we owe a lot to these pioneering people. In April 1977 Mrs Cuddy had a litter of puppies which contained one perfectly marked red and white dog puppy. Ann and Alan Gormley flew to Ireland and purchased this little dog puppy which was to have a remarkable influence on the future of the breed. He was named Harlequin of Knockalla and was certainly the dog which started a great amount of interest in the United Kingdom.
In 1980 Alan decided to enter Harlequin at Crufts as his Green Star wins in Ireland qualified him for entry - but "Irish Red and White Setters" were unknown in England at this time and he was classed as an "Irish Red Setter" and benched in the middle of them all. I can still remember to this day the attention this dog received and this sparked off my interest and the interest of numerous other people in this country to further the development of the breed.
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Leighton-Boyce, G. (1973). Irish Setters. London: Arthur Barker Limited.