Original Irish Setters were particolored, red and white. The solid red Irish Setters were rare. The red Irish Setter began to gain popularity by 1850. The Red and White Irish Setters almost became extinct, but fortunately, few enthusiasts kept the breed alive. They attempted to revive the breed in the 1920s and it is from here that present owners can trace their pedigrees. In 1944, the Irish Red and White Club was formed. In 1984, the National Irish Red and White Setter Club of America, Inc. was formed.
The Irish Setter’s long, silky coat is white with deep patches of red. The backs of the legs, the outer ear flap, the chest and throat, and the tail are adorned with straight, flat feathering.
Male Irish Setters stand 24 to 26 inches at the shoulder, while females stand 22. 5 to 24 inches. Irish Red and White Setters generally weigh between 50 to 70 pounds.
The Irish Red and White setter is devoted and affectionate, and can be an ideal family dog. They are extremely intelligent and can be properly trained, but need not to have plenty to be occupied. They get along with active families, where they can use much of their high energy. Young puppies do not require much exercise but once they reach maturity, they start to require enough space to be able to run hard and fast for a long distance. They are usually very gentle, nurtured and get on well with children and other dogs.
The Irish Red and White Setter is prone to von Willebrand’s disease and PPC (Posterior Polar Cataract), a relatively minor form of cataract that doesn’t normally lead to blindness, and Canine Leucocyte Adhesion Deficiency (CLAD), which is an autoimmune disease.