Irish Red Setter

Other names: Irish Red Setter, Irish Red and White Setter, Irish Red Setter, Irish Red and White Setter

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The Irish Red Setter is one of the 2 great varieties of Irish Setter, along with the Irish Red and White Setter. Both are athletic, harmoniously built, well-proportioned, and display a smooth expression. From a purely physical point of view, the Irish Red and White Setter differs from its Red cousin by its white dress with red markings, its more rounded chest and its thicker skin.



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Hair type Half-long
Origin Ireland
Template Average
Head shape Long
Weight and size
Sex Weight Cut
Female From 18 kg to 23 kg From 55 cm to 62 cm
Male From 20 kg to 25 kg From 58 cm to 67 cm
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History of the breed

The distinction between the 2 varieties of Irish Setter began to be made in the 18th century. Selection work resulted in unicoloured red dogs from the Irish Red and White Setter . The latter is therefore at the origin of the Irish Red Setter . The Irish Red Setter Club was established in 1882. The Irish Red and White Setter , for its part, almost died out towards the end of the 19th century, but breeders helped preserve the breed, which today has a sufficient number of people. to feel that she was saved.

The breeds of the Irish Red Setter and the Irish Red and White Setter were definitively recognized by the Fédération Cynologique Internationale respectively on December 22, 1954 and June 6, 1989. The official FCI standard in force for the Irish Red Setter was published on 13 March 2001, while that of the Irish Red and White Setter was issued on April 19, 2005.

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Physical features

His hair: fine and short on the head, the front of the limbs and the tips of the ears. Medium length and flat over the rest of the body. Abundant on the belly, forming a long fringe.
Its color: unicolour, bright chestnut color for the Irish Red Setter . White background with solid red markings in the Irish Red and White Setter .
Its head: long, lean, the muzzle and the skull being parallel and of equal length. The skull is oval in shape, the occipital protuberance well marked and the superciliary arches raised. The stop is well marked.
His ears: medium in size, not very thick, set low, furnished with silky fringes, hanging down and forming a fold against the head
His eyes: oval, dark hazel or dark brown in color, not too big.
His body: strong, well proportioned and muscular. The chest is well let down, more rounded in the Irish Red and White Setter , the kidney is muscular and slightly curved.
Its tail: moderately long, set low, thick at its attachment, thinning out to its end, carried, as far as possible, at the level of the back line.

Behavior and character

Barks / howls

Behavior with others

Cohabitation with children
Sociable with other animals
Love strangers

The Irish Red Setter and the Irish Red & White Setter are lively, intelligent, energetic, courageous and high-spirited hunting dogs. They are affectionate and have a very powerful sense of smell. The Rouge et Blanc is reputed to be a little calmer and more relaxed than its unicolour cousin. Faithful and affectionate, they are also excellent daily companions in the family. He adores the countryside because his primary vocation remains the function of hunting dog.

For this kind of active and fiery dog, it is recommended to give him a firm education, but without balance of power. Overall, the Irish Red Setter and Irish Red & White Setter have a certain independent side and training may require more effort. Nevertheless, the lessons once acquired never disappear.

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Living conditions

Suitable for apartment living
Good for new masters
Love it hot
Love the cold

The Irish Red Setter and the Irish Red and White Setter adapt to any family situation provided they are available and can offer them sufficient daily exercise. It is also on this condition that they can live in the city, or even in an apartment (not recommended), even if they will always be more comfortable in a house with a fenced garden.


Ease of gaining weight

Irish Setters are hardy dogs. However, they may be predisposed to certain diseases such as stomach twists. He may also be prone to obesity if his lifestyle does not provide him with enough exercise.

Hypoallergenic breed


Litter size


To protect you from these risks and insure your companion in the event of health problems, Woopets recommends an Irish Red Setter dog insurance .

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Life expectancy

The life expectancy of an Irish Red Setter is, on average, less than 0 years.

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Maintenance and hygiene

Ease of maintenance
Cost of maintenance
Hair loss
Drool level
Ease of grooming

The Irish Red Setter and the Irish Red and White Setter are subject to 2 moults per year, with relatively moderate hair loss. Their maintenance remains relatively unconstrained.

The Irish Setters being hunting dogs in essence, they cannot be satisfied with moderate activities. They need a lot of exercise and long daily walks for their physical and mental balance.

It is recommended to brush the dog once a week (2 to 3 times a week during the moulting period), to regularly check his ears and to cut his nails if they become too long for lack of outings.

Price and budget

Purchase price

800 €
1000 €

The purchase price of an Irish Red Setter is between € 800 and € 1000.

Annual maintenance cost


The annual maintenance cost of an Irish Red Setter is between NC and NC.

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Physical activity

Energy level
Potential to play


Classifications & Standards
(AKC) American Kennel Club
(ANKC) Australian National Council Kennel
(CKC) Canadian Kennel Club
(FCI) Fédération Cynologique Internationale
(KC) The Kennel Club
(NZKC) New Zealand Kennel Club
(UKC) United Kennel Club


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