irish red and white setter breed information

common health issues

von Willebrand's Disease is a blood clotting defect. There are three subcategories of the disease that vary in severity, and a blood test is available to measure the amount of von Willebrand factor (which aids with clotting) in the blood. This is recommended in all susceptible breeds prior to surgery to prevent possibly fatal consequences.

The retina is responsible for transmitting light to the brain where it is interpreted as an image. PRA causes deterioration of retinal cells and causes blindness. It can affect puppies as young as a few weeks old, or may appear later in life. There is no treatment or cure, but blind dogs usually can lead quite happy lives.

GDV describes a condition whereby a dog's stomach becomes dilated with air and then, while dilated, twists over on itself, effectively sealing the stomach. The most common sign of bloat is a firm, distended stomach, especially if it seems to occur rapidly. GDV is one of the true life-threatening emergencies in dogs and many cases require emergency surgery.

Hip dysplasia is an inherited condition in which the ball and socket of the hip joint do not fit well together, resulting in a hip with increased laxity. This laxity can lead to degenerative changes and depending on the severity, may require surgical correction.

Elbow dysplasia is actually a collective term which refers to the effects of one or more diseases of the elbow joint which result in pain and arthritis. Many of these problems can affect both elbows and result in forelimb lameness and elbow pain, often requiring surgical correction.

Despite her name, the Irish Red and White Setter is a distinct breed, not just a different colored version of the Irish Setter. Originating in the 17th century, she descended from the ancient livestock-herding dogs brought to Ireland by invading Roman armies. But by the early 19th century, she was nearly extinct, due in part to the overwhelming popularity of her all-red cousin. Efforts to revive the breed began in the 1920s, and by the 1940s, she had successfully re-emerged in Ireland. Today, there are several hundred Irish Red and White Setters in the United States and Canada, and the American Kennel Club fully recognized the breed in 2009.

The Irish Red and White Setter weighs between 50 and 70 lbs., and sports the long, handsome, silky red-and-white coat for which she is named. Her coat is slightly lighter than the Irish Setter’s, requiring daily brushing and minimal trimming.

Bred primarily for working in the field, the Irish Red and White Setter is intelligent, strong, athletic and courageous, with a kind and friendly personality that makes her a wonderful family companion. She is also energetic and determined, so regular exercise is a must to keep her balanced and happy.

Despite her ancient ancestry, the Irish Red and White Setter is still prone to a number of hereditary and congenital conditions that can adversely affect her health – and your budget. Some of the conditions and illnesses the Red and White Setter is prone to include joint problems such as elbow and hip dysplasia; eye conditions such as progressive retinal atrophy; blood diseases such as von Willebrand Disease; and stomach conditions such as gastric dilatation-volvulus (GDV or bloat).

Thankfully, Petplan pet insurance covers all hereditary and chronic conditions as standard. Which means if your Red and White Setter inherits anything more than a long, silky coat, you’re protected.

Use the condition checker tool to learn what common conditions your pet may have.

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