Irish Red and White Setter Breeders, Breed Clubs and Rescue
The Irish Red and White Setter derives from the same stock as the Irish Setter and it is believed by many that the Irish Setter was developed from the Red and White. In the early days of dog showing the two breeds were shown in the same classes and the Irish Red and White Setter can be traced back to the kennels of Lord Rossmore of Monaghan; on occasion he is still referred to as the Rossmore Setter.
The Irish Red and White Setter has recently been re-introduced to the UK and he is steadily gaining a following. He is similar in many ways to his solid-coloured cousin, the Red Setter, and his principal difference apart from the colouring is his head which is a good deal stronger and lacks the prominent occiput. His followers would argue that he is closer to his working roots than the Irish.
His coat is described as pearl white with solid red patches and the feathering is not as luxuriant as the Irish which gives him a much cleaner outline without specialist grooming. The general appearance is of a strong and powerful dog, athletic rather than racy who looks as though he could do a day’s work if asked. There are no height or weight limits specified in the Breed Standard, balance is all.
He is a happy, good-natured dog who will fit in well with a family who can offer him sufficient attention and exercise. Intelligent and biddable he needs to be focused and given given some challenges.
- Lovenjoel Essex
Rescue and Rehoming
Should you need to rehome you Setter speak to your dog’s breeder first, then contact the Breed Club. If you are looking to adopt a Irish Red and White contact the Breed Club for guidance.