irish red and white setter breed information
common health issues
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.