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Irish Red and White Setter

General Description

The Irish Red and White Setter are not as well known as his dazzling cousin, the Irish Setter, with only about 500 dogs in North America. The rollicking Irish Red and White Setter is an athletic medium-sized bird dog bred primarily for hunting. Fun-loving, friendly, and high-spirited, Irish Red and Whites are a bit shorter and stockier than their cousin the Irish Setter.

General Health

Although health issues are not prominent among Irish Red and White Setters, a more common problem is posterior polar cataract, when cataracts form in the back of the eye. Rarer diseases in the Irish Red and White Setter include hip problems and von Willebrand’s disease, which prevents blood from clotting.


Hereditary Illnesses

They include hip dysplasia, eye problems such as cataracts, autoimmune thyroiditis, von Willebrand's disease and an immune disorder called Canine Leukocyte Adhesion Deficiency (CLAD).


The Irish Red and White Setter are one of the more active breeds out there, so you want to exercise him regularly. You'll be doing both of you a favor if you take him out for a long walk and play with him a bit in the yard every day. Else, he can develop cabin fever and become a real pain to live with.


The Irish Red and White Setter have a medium-length part color coat with deep chestnut red patches on a white background. Brush and comb the coat two or three times a week to prevent or remove mats and tangles




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