Irish Red and White Setter

Irish Red and White Setter is a medium-sized, athletic, and courageous dog made for hunting. Compared to their cousin Irish Setter these dogs a bit stockier and shorter. These bird dogs have great stamina and power which served them as a great weapon for hunting. Their stunning coat is the hallmark of this breed and their coat also has a meaningful purpose – it helps the hunter to notice them during the hunt.

Although they are mostly hunting dogs, today you can find them filling the role of a family companion. These dogs are eager to please and can fit great into family life if you provide them with enough daily activities.

Irish Red and White Setter


22-26 in (56-66 cm)

Irish Red and White Setter


35-60 lb (16-27 kg)

Irish Red and White Setter



Irish Red and White Setter

Life Expectancy:

11-15 years

Breed History

First, there were Irish Red and White Setter – they were used for hunting a way that they would sneak up on a game and then freeze and indicate the hunter where the game is so the hunter could throw the net over it. Later the net hunting was replaced by firearms.

FUN FACT: Irish Red and White Setter was officially recognized and accepted in the AKC in 2009.

Dog Breed Characteristics

Energy Level
Grooming Needs
Exercise Needs
Kid Friendly
Dog Friendly
General Health

FCI Standard

  • Group 7 Pointing Dogs Section 2 British and Irish Pointers and Setters. With Working Trial.
  • height at the withers: males- 24,5 - 26 in (62 - 66 cm), females - 22,5 - 24 in (57 - 61 cm)


Irish Red and White Setters require only weekly brushing to keep the coat healthy and looking good. Always use a soft brush so you wouldn't hurt your dog. Like their name says coat color of these dogs is base white with solid red patches.

Bathes are only required occasionally as these dogs are easy to keep clean with brushing. The rest is basic care: trim their nail and brush their teeth regularly. Since they have floppy ears you should regularly check them for any sign of infections (redness, bad odor, and wax build-up).


Irish Red and White Setter are dogs with a high amount of energy. For these dogs, proper daily activity is a must in order for them to be happy. If you don't provide them with enough exercise they will become bored and it won't be a pleasure to live with an unsatisfied dog.

These dogs demand regular exercise from the puppy age. While exercising your puppy you should be really careful not to over-exercise him because his bones and joints are still developing. That means that you shouldn't take your puppy jogging, hiking, or on bike rides. For that period it is best to let them in a secured area or a yard so they can explore for themselves and stop when they get tired.

Adult Irish and White Setter will be excellent companions for various activities.


Irish Red and White Setters are good dogs and they are very devoted to humans. They are also eager to please so that makes training a bit easier. Training sessions should be interesting, fun, and short if you want your dog to cooperate. Also, they best reacts to training full of praises and treats. Don't use harsh training methods because you will not get anything done with this dog.

FUN FACT: These dogs are excellent in agility, hunting, tracking, and obedience.

Irish Red and White Setters and kids

Irish Red and White Setters are an excellent choice for families with kids. Kids will love this dog as it can play with them for hours without getting tired. As with any dog breed, you should always monitor playtime between kids and the dog.

Health problems

Irish Red and White setters have a life expectancy of 11-15 years and they are in general healthy dogs. Any dog can develop some serious health problems, but to be sure that you are getting the healthiest possible puppy we advise you that you only buy it from a responsible dog breeder. That way you can be sure that the puppy you pick will be without inherited diseases. Although they are healthy dogs, Irish Red and White setters can develop some health problems that you should be aware of.

These dogs are prone to:

  • Hip dysplasia
  • Progressive retinal atrophy
  • Cataracts
  • Immune disorders
  • Von Willebrand disease
  • hypothyroidism

Irish Red and White Setter breeders

If you decided that this is the right dog for you, you made a great choice. In order to end up with the healthiest puppy possible never buy him from a bad or a puppy mill breeder. Those breeders only care about earning money and they are not interested in the well-being of the puppies. When talking to the breeder always ask them to show you the health certification of their breeding dogs.


World Dog Finder team


Updated at16.05.2021.