Irish Red and White Setter Information & Dog Breed Facts

Collection of all the general dog breed info about Irish Red and White Setter so you can get to know the breed more.

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OriginIreland flagIreland
Other Names
What other names does the Irish Red and White Setter have?
IRWSIrish RW Setter
Breed Type
What type of dog breed is it?
Purebred

Irish Red and White Setter Price and Availability

Price
How much does the Irish Red and White Setter puppy cost? What is the price range of this puppy? What is the average price of this dog in the United States? Is this puppy expensive? How much should I pay for it?
$800-$1000
If you choose to purchase the Irish Red and White Setter, you should know that the mentioned amount of money is an average of the collected data from breeders’ sites and puppy finder places. If you have a Irish Red and White Setter for sale, please advertise it on a reliable website to make sure the Irish Red and White Setter gets to a happy place.
Availability
How easy is it to get a Irish Red and White Setter?
Frequent: The Irish Red and White Setter is easier than average to get. Maybe there is some risk of overbreeding, as it is a popular breed.

Due to its popularity, inbreeding may occur. A new study shows that inbreeding contributes to the incidence of disease and health problems.

So be careful and seek the help of an experienced person or a professional, in making your decision.

Irish Red and White Setter Size

Size
What size is this breed? How big is this dog?
Large
Weight
How much does the Irish Red and White Setter weigh? Irish Red and White Setter weight:
50-75 pounds (25-34 kg)
Average Weight
What is the average weight of the Irish Red and White Setter? Irish Red and White Setter average weight:
62.5 pounds (29.5 kg)
Height
How tall is the Irish Red and White Setter? Irish Red and White Setter height:
Male: 24-26 inches (62-66 cm), Female: 22-24 inches (56-61 cm)
Average Height
What is the average height of this fido? Irish Red and White Setter average height:
Male: 25 inches (64 cm), Female: 23 inches (58.5 cm)

Irish Red and White Setter Grooming, Hair and Care

Coat / Hair Types
What type of coat does the Irish Red and White Setter have? What does this canine coat/fur look like?
Silky
Colors
What color is the breed's coat? What color is a proper Irish Red and White Setter's coat?
RedWhite
Grooming
How to groom the Irish Red and White Setter and how often?
Average: The Irish Red and White Setter requires average grooming effort. Cutting the dog's hair by a professional groomer isn't essential.

Brushing the dog's coat is useful to reduce shedding. Ears and eyes should be cleaned regularly to avoid infections.

Don't skip the seasonal flea treatment too. Dog nail trimming and dog bath can be helpful sometimes.

Check the local pet store for dog grooming supplies and find the best dog shampoo to keep its coat healthy and give your dog a pleasant experience of a dog bath.

If you don't have the time, skill, or money to take care of your Irish Red and White Setter, search for a dog groomer or clipping service in your area and book an appointment.

Maybe you're lucky to have a dog boarding service that includes grooming or walk-in dog bath places nearby.

Shedding Level
How much do Irish Red and White Setter dogs shed? How to control, reduce and prevent the shedding of the IRWS?
Irish Red and White Setters shed moderately. It's a natural process of the hair growth cycle. Regular brushing reduces the amount of hair that sheds. It mostly depends on their health status and breed type.
Bath Time / Bathing Frequency
How often does the Irish Red and White Setter need a bath? How often should bathe this dog? Can I bathe my Irish Red and White Setter every day?
2-3 weeks
Frequent. This breed has high-maintenance hair and may require a bath every 2-3 weeks. For example, oilier breeds may need to be bathed up to once a week. Because many of these breeds are short-haired, a nice brushing won’t do much to redistribute the oils, so while these oils do protect the dog’s skin from overdrying, they can carry a pretty pungent odor.

Irish Red and White Setter Personality / Temperament

Temperament
What kind of personality does the Irish Red and White Setter have? What characteristics or traits does the breed have?
AffectionateEnergeticPlayfulDevotedLoyalReliable
Intelligent Rank
How smart is the Irish Red and White Setter? Are they intelligent?
Low to average: This canine intelligence is not the brightest one. Keep in mind that if you want to teach them any tricks, they understand and memorize new commands in 40-80 repetitions. Irish Red and White Setter obey the first command 30% of the time or better. So if you want to have a smart dog, you might have to reconsider your choice with this breed.
Trainability
Are Irish Red and White Setter dogs easy to train? Do they go well on dog training?
Irish Red and White Setters are easy to train. They find out the association between commands and actions quite quickly.
Playfulness
How playful is this breed?
The Irish Red and White Setter is a playful breed. Excited barking and sometimes nipping will alert you to play.
Sensitivity Level
How sensitive are they? Irish Red and White Setter sensitivity:
They are a little bit more sensitive than other dog breeds. Soft punishment affects them emotionally. Irish Red and White Setters don't tolerate irregular daily routine, noisy household, and frequent guest visits really well. They are receptive to their owner's emotions and make wonderful family companions.
Affection Level
How affectionate are they? Are they affectionate?
High: Irish Red and White Setters are genuinely loyal, soft and gentle, loving and affectionate dogs toward their handlers. They enjoy quality time with their owners despite the activity and are considered great therapy dog for those in need. This breed responds strongly to their handler's emotions because they bond closely. Their happiness is your happiness.
Social Needs
How much social interaction does the IRWS need? Irish Red and White Setter social needs:
Irish Red and White Setters are a social breed. They enjoy being around people or other animals. This breed doesn't tolerate being left alone.
Barking
Do Irish Red and White Setter dogs bark a lot? Are they barkers/noisy? Why does my IRWS bark?
Average: The Irish Red and White Setter barks occasionally. They can change their barks depending on their emotional level and what they're trying to say. Different barks could mean the same and the same barks could have different meanings. Top reasons for barking: protection, alarm, fear, boredom, attention-seeking, greeting, separation anxiety, compulsive barking.
Watchdog Ability
Is Irish Red and White Setter good as a watchdog? Are they alert at night?
Irish Red and White Setters are average watchdogs. If they sense something different, they will alert you, but the observation isn't considered their main job.
Guarding Behavior / Territorial
Do Irish Red and White Setter dogs have an aggressive behavior to protect their home/house/territory? Do they have guarding instincts?
Irish Red and White Setters can't provide protection for their territory. It's better to leave them out of the duty of protecting your valuables and property.
Biting Potential
Do Irish Red and White Setter bite humans? How likely are you to get bitten from the IRWS? What are the odds of getting bitten by a Irish Red and White Setter? Why do dog bites happen?

Low 🔽

The Irish Red and White Setter has a low chance of biting somebody. Top reasons for dog bite: protection, pain, excitement, herding instinct, being provoked. (Data based on the available online bite statistics.)
Bite Force
Does the Irish Red and White Setter has a hard bite?

Between 200 and 400 PSI

Irish Red and White Setter bite force: Ordinary. Average dogs have a bite force between 200 and 400 PSI. The Irish Red and White Setter, and many others, have a fearsome presence because they have significant jaw strength, so it is important not to anger the dog and have it around strangers until it is fully trained. However, they are usually quite calm and good companions, they work well in families and are easy to care for.
Mouthiness
How much mouthing/nipping/play biting does the Irish Red and White Setter do?
Irish Red and White Setters have a higher than average tendency to nip, chew, play-bite, or herd people. It's a common habit during puppyhood, not aggressive behavior. These "bites" don't hurt, but Irish Red and White Setters need to be taught for a good attitude.
Impulse to Wander or Roam
How likely is the Irish Red and White Setter to run away? Does this breed explore or wander a lot? Does Irish Red and White Setter roam?
The wanderlust potential of the Irish Red and White Setter is strong enough to escape from home. They have a strong desire for exploring the world. Safer to walk them on a leash unless you teach them how to get back to you on command.
Prey Drive
Do this canine have a strong prey drive? Does Irish Red and White Setter have high prey drive?
Irish Red and White Setters have an average prey drive, which means that they don't have a high impulse to chase and catch something like a cat or any other small aminals, but it might happen. Training can help to achieve good behavior.
Apartment Friendly
Is Irish Red and White Setter good as an apartment dog? Can they live in a flat?
It is not recommended to keep the Irish Red and White Setter breed in the home. It does best in the garden, but if you do want to keep it indoors, it should be exercised thoroughly with long daily walks, so you can keep the Irish Red and White Setter indoors by introducing daily routines.
Adaptability
Are they adaptable and easy-going?
Irish Red and White Setters adapt very well to lifestyle changes and basically all living environments. They don't mind moving from one place to another with their owner.
Tolerates Being Left Alone
Can you leave this breed home alone?
Irish Red and White Setters do best when a family member is at home during the day or if their workplace is dog-friendly so they can take the dog at work.

Irish Red and White Setter Good With

Stranger Friendly
Are they aggressive or friendly towards/with strangers? Irish Red and White Setter temperament with other people:
Irish Red and White Setters are stranger-friendly dogs.
Pet Friendly
Are they pet-friendly dogs? How well do Irish Red and White Setter dogs get along with other pets? Are Irish Red and White Setter dogs good with pets? What is this canine temperament with other pets?
Irish Red and White Setters are generally with other pets.
Child Friendly
Are Irish Red and White Setter dogs kid-friendly? Are they good with young children? Irish Red and White Setter temperament with children:
Irish Red and White Setters are very kid-friendly dogs. This breed enjoys being surrounded by children.
Cat Friendly
How well do Irish Red and White Setter dogs get along with cats? Are they good with kittens? What is this fido's temperament with cats? Can they be good with cats?
Irish Red and White Setters are average friendly towards cats.
Dog Friendly
Is Irish Red and White Setter good with other dogs? Are they dog-friendly dogs? How well do Irish Red and White Setter dogs get along with other dogs? What is this canine temperament with other dogs?
Irish Red and White Setters are very dog-friendly dogs. If you want more dogs in your family or you'd like to join dog meetups, the Irish Red and White Setter can be a great choice.
Good For First Time Owners
Is Irish Red and White Setter breed good for first-time owners? Do they make a good dog for novice owners?
Yes
Irish Red and White Setters are good for novice owners, due to their easy-going personality.
Office Friendly
Are Irish Red and White Setters good office dogs? Do Irish Red and White Setters make good office friendly dogs? Can Irish Red and White Setters be office dogs?
No
Irish Red and White Setter is not the best dog breed for office environment.
Senior Citizens Friendly
Are they senior citizens friendly dogs? How well do Irish Red and White Setter dogs get along with the elderly people? What is the IRWS temperament with senior people? Are Irish Red and White Setter dogs good for elderly owners?
Irish Red and White Setters are one of the best breeds for elderly people.

Irish Red and White Setter Health

Health Issues
Is it a healthy or unhealthy breed? Do Irish Red and White Setter dogs have health problems or genetic diseases?
The Irish Red and White Setter is a healthy breed, but there are certain health issues that you should check with your vet regularly.
Veterinarian Visits
How often does the Irish Red and White Setter breed need to go to the vet? How often should you take your dog to the vet? How often should the Irish Red and White Setter see the vet?
Average
The Irish Red and White Setter should have a complete physical check-up at least once per year. If your dog shows any symptoms, call your veterinarian.
Life Expectancy
How long do Irish Red and White Setter dogs live? What is the average lifespan of this breed? How old can a Irish Red and White Setter be? What is the age limit of the Irish Red and White Setter? How many years can the oldest Irish Red and White Setter live?
11-13 years
The average lifespan of Irish Red and White Setter: 12 years
Hypoallergenic
Is the Irish Red and White Setter breed hypoallergenic?
No
Irish Red and White Setters don't do well with allergy sufferers by causing allergic reaction. Some of the dog breeds are even considered to higher the possibility of an allergic response. Coat type isn't necessarily relevant, because most people are allergic to dander (flakes on the dog's skin) or saliva, not actually to dog hair.
Energy Level
How much energy does the Irish Red and White Setter have? What is the activity level of the Irish Red and White Setter?
Irish Red and White Setters are high-energy dogs. An active lifestyle makes them happy.
Activity Requirement / Exercise Need
How much activity does this dog need? How much exercise do Irish Red and White Setter dogs require per day?
Irish Red and White Setters need a lot of exercises. Long walks should be on a daily schedule. If you live an active life, this breed can be a good choice for you.
Sleeping Need
How much sleep does this fido need?
Irish Red and White Setters don't need too much sleep. They are energetic and desire to live an active life. If you think naps are overrated, this breed can be the best choice for you.
Average daily food consumption
How much food does the Irish Red and White Setter need? How often should I feed my canine? What dog products should I buy?
2.5 to 4 cups of high-quality dry food a day, divided into two meals.
Weight Gain Potential / Prone to Obesity
How easy to gain weight for this dog? Irish Red and White Setter risk for obesity:
Low to Average: The Irish Red and White Setter has a low to the average risk for obesity. To make your dog happy and fit, feed him with quality dry dog food and live an active life together. Try to find the happy medium between exercise and feeding. If you notice any weight change, consult your veterinarian to make a meal plan, and measure the Irish Red and White Setter's weight regularly.
Weather and Climate
Which weather condition is preferred by this dog? Can they tolerate hot or cold weather and climate?
Prefers average to cold weather conditions
The Irish Red and White Setter can adapt to well to cold weather conditions, some dogs even can be a good mountain dog.
Stinkiness
How stinky is this dog? Why does it smell bad and how to get rid of the smell?

Medium

The Irish Red and White Setter has an average chance of bad smell. Top reasons for dog stinkiness: infection of bad tooth/ear/skin folds, gas attacks.
Drooling Tendency
Does the Irish Red and White Setter drool?
The Irish Red and White Setter is a perfect example of a very low drooling tendency. If you're disgusted by slobber spots on your clothes, the Irish Red and White Setter could be a perfect choice for you. Drooling is the unintentional saliva flowing outside of the mouth. It can be completely normal or a sign of a health problem. Certain dog breeds drool minimum compared to others, just like the Irish Red and White Setter. If you notice any change in your dog's drooling habit, you should contact a vet as soon as possible.

Irish Red and White Setter As a Working Dog

Service Dog
Are they good as service dogs? Can Irish Red and White Setter be a guide dog? Are they used as seeing-eye dogs?

Not really

This breed generally not used as a service dog. A service dog is a term used in the USA to refer to any type of assistance dog specifically trained to help people who have disabilities, such as visual impairment, hearing impairments, mental disorders, seizures, mobility impairment, and diabetes. Service dogs are protected under the ADA (Americans with Disabilities Act). Irish Red and White Setter is not the best breed for service purposes.
Therapy Dog
Are they good as therapy dogs? Can Irish Red and White Setter be a therapy dog? Are they good anxiety dogs? Can a Irish Red and White Setter be an emotional support animal?

Not really

This breed generally not used as a therapy dog. A therapy dog is a dog that might be trained to provide affection, comfort, and love to people in hospitals, retirement homes, nursing homes, schools, hospices, disaster areas, and to people with anxiety disorders or autism. Irish Red and White Setter is not the best breed for therapeutic purposes.
Detection Dog or Sniffer Dog
Are they good as detection dogs? Can Irish Red and White Setter be a sniffer dog?

Not really

They are not typically employed for this type of work, but there may be exceptional cases. A detection dog or sniffer dog is a dog that is trained to use its senses (mostly its smell) to detect substances such as explosives, illegal drugs, wildlife scat, currency, blood, and contraband electronics such as illicit mobile phones. Irish Red and White Setter is not the best breed for detection purposes.
Search and Rescue Dog (SAR)
Are they good as SAR dogs? Can Irish Red and White Setter be a search and rescue dog?

Not really

This dog breed is not typically used as a search and rescue dog. The use of dogs in search and rescue (SAR) is a valuable component in wilderness tracking, natural disasters, mass casualty events, and locating missing people. The Irish Red and White Setter is not the best breed for SAR purposes.
Boat and Sailor Dog
Are they good as boat dogs? Can Irish Red and White Setter be a boat dog?

Yes

Irish Red and White Setter breed usually likes being on a boat.

Boat dogs were typically bred for their strength, stamina, and water resistance, as they were often required to perform tasks such as pulling in fishing nets, and jumping into the water to retrieve ropes or lines, or helping to move cargo.

Sailor dog is a type of dog that was bred to accompany sailors on their voyages. They were typically used for three purposes: as a working dog, as a watchdog, and as a companion. A boat dog is a term used to describe a type of dog that was traditionally bred and used as a working dog on boats.

Cart Pulling or Drafting Dog
Are they good as cart pulling dogs? Can Irish Red and White Setter be a drafting dog?

Not really

A drafting dog or draft dog is a dog bred and used for cart pulling. Dogs bred for this work have strong builds and qualities that are needed, strength and determination. Irish Red and White Setter is not the best breed for drafting purposes.
Fighting Dog / Military Dog
Where Irish Red and White Setter dogs used as fighting / military dogs in history?

Not really

In history, this breed was not really used for combat dog.

Irish Red and White Setter Reproducibility

Gestation Length
How long does this dog's pregnancy last? How long does this dog pregnant? How long does it take to have puppies?

60-64 days

Reproductive cycle of the female Irish Red and White Setter: The first period called Proestrus lasts for about 9 days. During this time the females start to attract males. You can notice by swelling vulva and bloody discharge. The second part is the Estrus when the female is receptive for the male. It lasts for about 3 to 11 days. The sign of the proestrus part is the soft and enlarged vulva. The discharge decreases and lightens in color. The third part is the Diestrus. Normally, it occurs around day 14. In this period the female’s discharge changes for vivid red and coming to its end. The vulva returns to average, and she will no longer permit mating. The fourth part called the Anestrus. The time frame between heat periods normally lasts about six months.
Litter Frequency

Once a year.

More frequent breeding is not healthy. It is very important not to buy a dog from a puppy mill, where the needs of the pups and their mothers are ignored. It's an inhumane high-volume dog breeding facility, where puppies born several times a year.
Litter Size
How many puppies can the Irish Red and White Setter have? What is the average litter size of this fido?
6-12 puppies

Irish Red and White Setter Recognition

AKC Group
Is Irish Red and White Setter recognized by the American Kennel Club?
Recognized by the American Kennel Club in 2009 as a Sporting breed.
FCI Group
Is Irish Red and White Setter recognized by the Fédération Cynologique Internationale (FCI)?
Recognized by FCI in the Pointing Dogs group, in the British and Irish Pointers and Setters section.

Irish Red and White Setter Pros and Cons

Pros
  • Trainability: Irish Red and White Setters are easy to train.
  • Drooling Tendency: The Irish Red and White Setter is a perfect example of a very low drooling tendency.
  • Weight Gain Potential / Prone to Obesity: Low to Average: The Irish Red and White Setter has a low to the average risk for obesity.
  • Adaptability: Irish Red and White Setters adapt very well to lifestyle changes and basically all living environments.
  • Child Friendly: Irish Red and White Setters are very kid-friendly dogs.
  • Dog Friendly: Irish Red and White Setters are very dog-friendly dogs.
  • Senior Citizens Friendly: Irish Red and White Setters are one of the best breeds for elderly people.
  • Good For First Time Owners: Irish Red and White Setters are good for novice owners, due to their easy-going personality.
  • Boat and Sailor Dog: Irish Red and White Setter breed usually likes being on a boat.

    Boat dogs were typically bred for their strength, stamina, and water resistance, as they were often required to perform tasks such as pulling in fishing nets, and jumping into the water to retrieve ropes or lines, or helping to move cargo.

    Sailor dog is a type of dog that was bred to accompany sailors on their voyages.

Cons
  • Intelligent Rank: Low to average: This canine intelligence is not the brightest one.
  • Hypoallergenic: Irish Red and White Setters don't do well with allergy sufferers by causing allergic reaction.
  • Apartment Friendly: It is not recommended to keep the Irish Red and White Setter breed in the home.
  • Mouthiness: Irish Red and White Setters have a higher than average tendency to nip, chew, play-bite, or herd people.
  • Impulse to Wander or Roam: The wanderlust potential of the Irish Red and White Setter is strong enough to escape from home.
  • Tolerates Being Left Alone: Irish Red and White Setters do best when a family member is at home during the day or if their workplace is dog-friendly so they can take the dog at work.
  • Office Friendly: Irish Red and White Setter is not the best dog breed for office environment.

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  • Bonnie

    Jun 28, 2020, 7:24:01 PM:

    Lovely and loyal!