IRISH RED AND WHITE SETTER DOG

An attractive hunting dog, the Irish Red and White Setter it is a powerful, athletic dog, with no heaviness or thinness. The head is round, without the occipital protuberance as the Irish Red and White Setter, and with a noticeable stop; quite clean muzzle. The round eyes are hazelnut or dark brown; the ears inserted at eye level, well flat on the head; the neck is moderate length, not too thick, and without dewlap. Shoulders well sloped backwards; free elbows; deep chest; muscular hindquarters; well angled; low hock. The tail with a moderate length, wide at the insertion, and narrows to a fine point. Long and silky hair with bristles behind the fore and hind limbs. A slight wave is admitted. Color: the background should be white marked with a uniform red, both colors as live and brilliant as possible. Roans are not admitted. Size: According to the AKC the male is 64 to 68 cm; the female 59 to 63 cm. For the FCI, 2 cm less.
 
The Irish Red and White Setter is an ancient Irish tradition, although never as popular as the Irish Red. Besides the color, both breeds are very similar.
 
WHO IS IT RIGHT FOR                                         
Sweet and good natured, the breed that shares all the virtues of its cousin, the Irish Setter. It loves to please its owner, and it should be taught. Bad habits can emerge in a dog not used to living in an apartment. Be firm and affectionate, and this dog will adore you. Although the hunting instinct is not as strong as before, it is still a competent hunter and loves a family environment.
 
DEVELOPMENT             
The litter size is variable, and the puppy weighs as well, which can go from 225 g to more than 570 g. The puppies are usually born white with red spots, which can vary in intensity and darken with age. There can be Red and White puppies in Irish Setter litters, since both breeds descent from the same breeding base. Usually the breed is slow when maturing, physically and psychologically; the female’s sexual maturity can arrive late. The puppies usually eat very well, even too much, for which the owner should control it. As other slow maturing but fast growing breed, the Irish Red and White Setter should take a breeder prescribed diet, and exercise regularly, but not excessively, until becoming an adult.
 
HEALTH
Genetically the Irish Red and White Setter descend basically from the Irish Setter, although currently there are certain morphological differences. For the Red and White suffers the same problems than the red. Primarily, the slow maturing Irish Setter can suffer bone and joint problems. The breeders should be informed about these problems, and perform X – rays – especially hip dysplasia. An adecquate diet prescribed by the breeder or veterinarian helps a lot, since many bone problems are related with the diet. The buyer should also ask about eye problems, especially cataracts, and be careful when using chemicals. Longevity is to 12 years.
 
With due socialization and education, the Irish Red and White Setter adapts well to family life and is a placid and content animal.
 
The Irish Red and White Setter have not reached the other side of the Atlantic, although it is greatly represented in Great Britain.