Irish Red and White Setter


Although the Irish Red and White Setter is rare in the U.S., recognized by the AKC only in 2007, the breed has a long history that began in 17th-century Ireland. A valuable hunting dog and companion, the breed was known for its power and skill in the field. Thought to be the older of the two Irish Setters, the Red and White’s popularity was eclipsed by that of the solid-red Irish Setter. It faced extinction by the end of the 1800s, but devotees revived the breed in the early part of the 1900s.


Large, 50 to 75 pounds; females 221/2 to 24 inches; males 241/2 to 26 inches.


White with solid red patches.


Friendly, spirited, determined; can be high strung without proper exercise. Good with children.

Energy level:


Best owner:

Hunter, active owner in a suburban or rural home.


Daily exercise (long walks or off-leash runs); fenced yard; early, firm, and consistent training; brushing two to three times a week.

Life expectancy:

11 to 15 years.