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Irish Red and White Setter (Red & White, Face)
Red & White, Face

Breed Information


2022: #168

2021: #154

2020: #170

2019: #155

2018: #146

2017: #154

2016: #142

2015: #148

Name Irish Red and White Setter
Other names Irish R&W Setter, IRWS
Origin Ireland
Breed Group

Sporting (AKC:2009)

Gun dog breeds (UKC)

Size Large
Type Purebred
Life span 11-13 years








Male: 24-26 inches (62-66 cm)

Female: 22-24 inches (56-61 cm)

Weight 50-75 pounds (25-34 kg)



Litter Size 6-12 puppies
Puppy Prices

Average $1800 - $2500 USD

In general. The average price for an Irish Red and White Setter puppy is between $1,800 - $2,500, but every breeder is different and will price their puppies differently.

Breed Characteristics


5 stars

Apartment Friendly

2 stars

The Irish Red and White Setter is not recommended for apartment life unless the owners are active daily joggers or bikers and plan on taking the dog along with them. This breed does best with a large yard.

Barking Tendencies

3 stars


Cat Friendly

3 stars

Child Friendly

5 stars

Good with Kids: This is a suitable breed for kids and is known to be playful, energetic, and affectionate around them.

Dog Friendly

5 stars

Exercise Needs

5 stars

All setters need a daily long, brisk walk or jog or they will become restless and difficult to manage. In addition, they will also enjoy running free in the safety of a fenced yard.


3 stars

Moderate Maintenance: The Irish Red and White Setter requires daily brushing to keep the coat in excellent condition. The coat may require extra brushing during shedding period. The Irish Red and White Setter is an average shedder and requires bathing only when necessary.

Health Issues

3 stars

Hypoallergenic: No


2 stars

Ranking: # Full Ranking List


4 stars

Shedding Level

3 stars

Moderate Shedding: The Irish Red and White has a silky coat that sheds dirt easily. It also sheds hair, but only moderately. The coat should look natural and, except for the undersides of the feet, does not need any shaving or trimming.

Stranger Friendly

4 stars


4 stars

Moderately Easy Training: The Irish Red and White Setter is fairly easy to housebreak but may require a firm but gentle hand when doing further training. They should be trained at an early age to avoid bad habits.

Watchdog Ability

3 stars

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Irish Red and White Setter Puppies (Red & White, Puppies)
Red & White, Puppies

Irish Red and White Setter Names

Rank Boy Names Girl Names
01 Buddy Bella
02 Max Lucy
03 Toby Molly
04 Jack Chloe
05 Bandit Lulu
06 Bruno Sasha
07 Diesel Stella
08 Zeus Pepper
09 Lucky Emma
10 Jasper Layla
100 Cute Puppy Names ›


Sportsmen thrill at the sight of a noble Irish Red and White Setter frozen on point, motionless as a statue. These medium-to-large bird dogs are powerful, solid, and sinewy, with enough stamina and bird sense to get the job done any day of the week and twice on Sunday. The stunning coat—vivid red “islands” floating on a sea of pearl white—has a practical function: It enables hunters to spot their dog at a distance. The handsome face projects a keen but kindly expression.

The Irish Red and White setter can be the most devoted and affectionate of dogs making them ideal all-round family dogs. They are extremely intelligent and respond well to proper training but they do need to have plenty to occupy them. They thrive best in active families, where they have outlets for their high energy, and require space to run freely. Young puppies do not require much exercise but once they reach maturity the breed's working instincts mean they require enough space to be able to run hard and fast for a long distance. Setters are usually good natured, very gentle and get on well with children and other dogs.


The Irish Setter probably came to its own at the end of the 17th Century. It is not well known outside of Ireland that there are two breeds of Irish Setters, but it is fairly certain that the Red and White Setter is the older of the two, and that the solid red color evolved through judicious selective breeding. When Irish Setters came to the show benches just past the middle of the 19th Century, there was a good deal of confusion about their proper color. By the end of the 19th Century, the Red Setter had virtually eclipsed the Red and White, which became so rare that they were thought to be extinct. During the 1920’s, efforts were made to revive the breed. By 1944, the breed had re-established itself well enough to have a club of its own, and today it can be seen in healthy numbers at Irish shows and field trials. The present club, the Irish Red & White Setter Field & Show Society, was formed in 1981 and through its endeavours and direction the breed is now well established nationally and internationally. The Irish Red and White Setter was first recognized by the AKC in 2009.

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