AKC PuppyFinder: Irish Red and White Setter Puppies

Breed Traits
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  • Personality: Fun-loving, friendly, high-spirited; a real handful if bored or neglected
  • Energy Level: Very Active; Rollicking Red and Whites are athletes bred primarily for hunting
  • Good with Children: Yes
  • Good with other Dogs: Yes
  • Shedding: Seasonal
  • Grooming: Occasional
  • Trainability: Eager To Please
  • Height: 24.5-26 inches (male), 22.5-24 inches (female)
  • Weight: 42-60 pounds (male), 35-50 pounds (female)
  • Life Expectancy: 11-15 years
  • Barking Level: Barks When Necessary
Breed Description
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Hunters prize the Irish Red and White Setter for his stamina, athleticism and bird sense. Active, outdoorsy families cherish him for his charm and high spirits. This is a dog who needs lots of exercise to be at his rollicking best. Irish Red and White Setter puppies respond best to positive training sessions, kept short. He'll grow up to be an excellent active companion, happy to join you on hikes, runs and other activities that channels his energy and high spirits.

History & Job
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Origin: Ireland

Year Recognized: 2009

Breed History & Job Description: Before there was the all-red Irish Setter we know and love, there was the Red and White—a fixture of Ireland’s hills and bogs since at least the 1600s. In those days setters would sneak up on game birds by crawling on their bellies, then freeze in a “setting” position and indicate with their tail until a hunter threw a net over the birds. Nets eventually gave way to firearms, and the best setter lines adapted their crouching style of hunting to the new technology.

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Irish Red and White Setters are generally a healthy breed. Like all breeds there may be some health issues, like hip dysplasia and eye disease. Some dogs may be faced with these health challenges in their lives, but the majority of Irish Red and White Setter are healthy dogs. If your dog’s patterns start to change (lethargy, food intake etc.) that is usually an indication that a vet visit is needed. The Irish loves to be included in anything the family is doing and he thrives on the family relationship which contributes to his overall mental and physical health.


Recommended Health Test from the National Breed Club:


  • Hip Evaluation
  • Ophthalmologist Evaluation
  • Canine Leukocyte Adhesion Deficiency DNA Test
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