We’re a close relative to the Irish Setter – see Red Setter. One of our famous owners was Lord Rossmore of Monaghan. For this reason our breed is sometimes known as the Rossmore Setter. The original purpose of our breed was to hunt gamebirds as all these birds try to avoid predators by hiding rather than flying away. In the UK, this can include partridge, grouse, woodcock and pheasant. We’re gaining in popularity fast!
What do I look like?
We’re a very striking breed! Our coat has lots of features with great feathering. Although the base coat is white, we can be seen with solid red patches and occasional mottling on our face, feet and lower parts of the leg. Our coat should not be curly. Facially we have a broad head with a well defined stop. Our muzzle is quite square. Our eyes are hazel to dark brown and look alert and intelligent. Legs are strong and well muscled, with a muscular neck and deep chest. Although we’re similar in build to the Irish Setter, we’re slightly heavier set with a broader head.
What do I need from you?
Despite our early origins, we almost became extinct! Thankfully, dedicated breeders managed to revive interest. We are still in a vulnerable position though so welcome lots of interest from potential owners. We can take longer to train than other gun dogs, but once trained, are loyal and reliable companions. We need good firm training but not overly strict or punitive treatment.
What I will give in return
Our temperament is typically Irish – laid back, full of life and a cheeky glint in our eye. We’re friendly and obedient. We still have an ingrained natural working ability, so when correctly trained will work well performing our original function. Irish Red and White Setters literally show hunters exactly where the birds are. As we gallop in our quest to seek scent, our head is carried high. Once we locate the birds, we freeze on point (or “set”) to indicate where the birds are hiding. Our position will remain tense, immobile and rigid as we stare in the direction of where the birds are hiding.
How big will I get?
Irish Red and White Setters are surprisingly tall – 27in (68cm) and weigh around 70lb (32kg). Perhaps not quite as tall as our Irish Setter counterpart.
How long should I be around for?
Our lifespan is typically 10 to 12 years.
How big is our litter?
The average litter size is 9 although litters totalling 15 or more are not completely unheard of!
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