Irish Red and White Setter

Breed History / Description

The Red and White Setter was the original Irish Setter. Like the other Setters he was traditionally used by falconers, indicating the presence of game by going into a 'set' or 'freeze' when he scented game. Before the invention of gunpowder, he was used with nets and the hunters would come and throw nets over the crouching birds which the dogs had located. 

The Irish Red and White was the preferred Setter because its colours made it easier to spot when working at a distance. The breed suffered from the later popularity of the Red Setter and the population dwindled in the first decades of the 20th century. Fortunately, in recent years, there has been a revival of interest.


Biddable, highly intelligent, good worker. 


Happy, good-natured and affectionate.

Club, K., 2018. The Kennel Club's Breed Standards. 5th ed. London SW1V 2SA: Ebury Press.

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