General Information

Dog NameIrish Red and White Setter
Other NamesIRWS
Scientific NameCanis lupus familiaris
Breed TypeSetter
Breed ForHunting gamebirds
Country of OriginIreland

Physical And Size

Min Life Span11
Max Life Span13
Min Ideal Weight for male25
Max Ideal Weight for male31
Min Ideal Weight for female22
Max Ideal Weight for male31


Intelligent Rank
Affection Level
Social Needs
Watchdog Ability


TemperamentEnergetic, Courageous, Protective
Prey DriveYes
Fighting DogNo


Stranger FriendlyHigh
Child FriendlyMedium
Cat FriendlyMedium
Dog FriendlyHigh
Office FriendlyLow
Apartment FriendlyLow
Senior Citizens FriendlyLow
Service DogLow
Search and Rescue DogLow
Biting PotentialLow
Country of OriginIreland
Nicknames and Other NamesIRWS
Scientific NameCanis lupus familiaris
Breed TypeSetter
Bred For`Hunting gamebirds
Recognized ByAKC, FCI, Irish Kennel Club
Life Span11-13 Years
Ideal Weight50-75 Pounds
Ideal HeightMale: 24-26 inches
Female-22-24 inches
Fur TypeSilky, long, and dense
Common ColorsWhite
MarkingsRed patched
AvailabilityWidely Available
Suitable for ApartmentsNo
Used in World WarNo
Most Similar ToIrish Setter

The Irish red and white Setter, popularly known as a gundog in the UK and is part of the sporting groups in American and Canada. As the name suggests they have elegant red-white color coats.

Irish Red and White Setters are highly adaptable breeds and are not recommended for apartment life and are okay only if the owners are active, bikers, and love to have long drives. They are best for large yard homes.

Origin & History Of Irish Red And White Setters

The Irish Red And White Setter are believed to be originated before the Irish Setter. They were originated in Ireland and bred for “setting” birds so that the hunter could throw a net over them.

Are They Child-Friendly?

Irish red and white setter are generally well- tempered and gentle with children specially with older ones, but they tend to be probably rambantious so they not very much recommened with todlers.

Behavior, Temperament & Personality

Temperament: The temperament of Irish Red and White Setter is affectionate, devoted, energetic, loyal, playful and reliable. They make excellent family pets who are affectionate with both child and adult. They may be reserved around strangers but that might be because of lack of training and socialization; otherwise they friendly and fun-loving with people.

Behavior: The Irish red and white Setter require a lot of exercises to maintain their positive temperament. They are known to attention seeker and if they do not receive adequate attention they may become bored and it can lead to frustration expressed as destructive behavior.

Irish Red And White Setter Are  Suitable For Active Owners
Irish Red And White Setter Dog Breed Image Via Pinterest

Personality: The Irish red and white setter has a kind and friendly personality. They like to establish personal relationship with their owners and is well sociable with other dogs as well.


Training an Irish red and white setter is moderately easy. They respond well to positive reinforcement. They are easy to housebreak but requires a firm and gentle hand. Early training is necessary to avoid bad habits.


Facts about Irish Red and White Setters:

  • They belong to Ireland and is a bird dog.
  • Life expectancy of this breed is 10-13 years.
  • They are found in red and white color.
  • They are average shedders and requires daily brushing of coat.

Health Issues

General HealthHealthy
Common Health IssuesHip Dysplasia, Cataracts, Diabetes,
Obesity, Cancer, Patellar Luxation
Vaccination RequiredCanine Parvovirus, Canine Distemper,
Leptospirosis, Canine Parainfluenza,
Kennel Cough, Canine Coronavirus Rabies
SheddingModerate Shedding
DroolingLow Drooler
GroomingAverage Grooming Required
Weight Gain PotentialLow to Average
Separation AnxietyHigh Chance
Diets and SupplementsProtein: 25%
Fat: 8%
Omega-3 and 6 Fatty Acid

Some common health issues you may find in Irish red and white setter are:

  • Hip Dysplasia
  • Eye Disease
  • Cataracts
  • Defieciency


The Irish red and white setter as the name suggests are found in only two colors :

  • Red
  • White


Irish Red And White Setter Puppy Are Friendly And Socialized From Early AGe
Irish Red And White Setter Puppy Image Via The Irish World

If you are deciding to adopt an Irish red and white puppy, then I prefer it to buy from a reputed breeder who will feel pleasure to give you the information about this breed and will give the schedule of Irish red and white setter. The average amount you have to pay for this adaptable breed is $800-$1000 USD.

Which Dogs Are Irish Red And Wjhite Similar To?

Similar dogs of Irish red and white setter are:

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