Irish Red and White Setter

Despite its name, the Irish Red and White Setter is a distinct breed, not just a different colored version of the Irish Setter. Bred primarily for the field, they should be strong, powerful and athletic, with a keen and intelligent attitude. The coat’s base color is white with solid red patches.

A Look Back
Known in Ireland since the 17th century, the Red and White is thought to be the older of the two Irish Setters. However, due to the overwhelming popularity of its solid red cousin, and separate breeding of the two breeds, the Irish Red and White Setter was nearly extinct by the end of the 19th century. During the 1920s, efforts were made to revive the Irish Red and White Setter and by the 1940s, the breed began to reemerge in Ireland.

Right Breed for You?
Courageous, spirited and determined, the breed’s energy in the field carries over to the home, so Red and White Setters require regular exercise. Their kind and friendly attitudes make them great family dogs. They need minimal brushing or trimming – owners prize a natural appearance and the breed tends to carry less coat than the Irish Setter.

General Appearance
The Irish Red & White Setter is bred primarily for the field. The standard as set out hereunder must be interpreted chiefly from this point of view and all Judges at Bench Shows must be encouraged to judge the exhibits chiefly from the working standpoint.  The appearance is strong and powerful, well balanced and proportioned without lumber; athletic rather than racy with an aristocratic, keen and intelligent attitude.

Size, Proportion & Substance

Dogs are 24.5 - 26 inches tall; bitches are 22.5 - 24 inches tall. The length of the body from point of shoulders to base of tail is not shorter than the height at the top of the withers. Bone is moderate in proportion to size.

Head
Expression - The gentle expression displays a kindly, friendly attitude. The eyes are dark hazel or dark brown; round, with slight prominence but without haw. The ears are set level with the eyes, well back, lying close to the head.  Skull - The skull is broad in proportion to the body and domed without showing an occipital protuberance, as in the Irish Setter.  Stop - The stop is distinct, but not exaggerated.  Muzzle - The muzzle is clean and square. The jaws are of equal or nearly equal length.  Bite - A scissors bite is ideal; a level bite is acceptable.

Neck, Topline & Body
Neck - The neck is moderately long, very muscular, but not too thick, slightly arched, free from all tendency to throatiness.  Topline - The topline of the dog, from the withers to the croup should be level, not sloping. The croup should be well rounded and sloping slightly downward to the tailset.  Body - The body is strong & muscular with a deep chest and well sprung ribs. The back is very muscular and powerful.   Tail - The tail is of moderate length, not reaching below the hock, strong at the root, tapering to fine point; no appearance of ropiness and carried level with or below the back.
Forequarters Angulation - The shoulders are well laid back. Elbow - The elbows are free, turning neither in nor out.  Legs - The forelegs are straight and sinewy, well boned, with strong pasterns.  Feet - The feet are close-knit with plenty of feathering between toes.  Hindquarters - The hindquarters are wide and powerful. Hind Legs - The legs are of strong bone, well muscled and sinewy. The thighs, from hip to hock, are long and muscular. The stifle is well bent. The hock is well let down and turns neither in nor out, hocks are of moderate length and strong.  Feet - The feet are close-knit with plenty of feathering between toes.

Coat

Long silky fine hair called “Feathering” is present on the back of the fore and hind legs and on the outer ear flap, also a reasonable amount is on the flank extending onto the chest and throat forming a fringe.  All feathering is straight, flat and not overly profuse.  The tail is well feathered.  On the head, front of legs and other parts of the body the hair is short, flat and free from curl but a slight wave is permissible.

Color
The base color is white with solid red patches (clear islands of red color); both colors show the maximum of life and bloom. Flecking but not roaning is permitted around the face and feet and up the foreleg as far as the elbow and up the hind leg as far as the hock. Roaning, flecking and mottling on any other part of the body is most objectionable and is to be heavily penalized.

Gait
When moving at the trot, the gait is long striding, very lively, graceful and efficient.  The head is held high, and the hindquarters drive smoothly and with great power. The forelegs reach well ahead and remain low.  Seen from front or rear, the forelegs and hind legs below the hock joint move perpendicularly to the ground with no crossing or weaving.

Grooming
The trimming of an Irish Red and White Setter should be kept to a minimum, maintaining a neat natural appearance and not to be shaved with clippers. Light trimming with thinning shears is allowed. Under the ears, tail, pasterns and hocks may be trimmed for neatness. Feet may be cleared of hair including the bottom and around the edges leaving hair between the toes. No other trimming is allowed including the whiskers which shall remain intact.

Temperament
They display a kindly, friendly attitude, behind which is discernible determination, courage and high spirit.

Faults
Any departure from the foregoing standard is considered a fault and the seriousness of the fault is in exact proportion to its degree.

Approved August 8, 2006
Effective June 27, 2007

Early History

 

IN 500 BC, Carthaginians landed in what is now called Spain. They saw many rabbits which in their native tongue were called SPAN and dogs chasing them became known as Spaniels

 

What does this have to do with IRWS?

 

These Spaniels were taken to many parts of the world and developed into different land and Water Spaniels . One of the land spaniels was called a setting spaniel. They were called this before people hunted with guns and used nets to capture game birds. The dogs would SET or lie down while the hunter tossed the net over both the dogs and the birds. This was later shortened to Setter

 

The IRWS has been known for centuries and is not a new variety. It is believed by many to be the original Irish Setter. When dog shows came into being the dogs with more red were favored for the show ring. Over time the solid red Setter became more popular as a show dog and the R&Ws were used mostly as personal hunting companions in Ireland over the next several hundred years

 

After World War 1 the breed was so scarce many thought they were actually extinct. Through the efforts of a few men in Ireland a few specimens were found and collected to revive the breed. Over the next few years litters were produced and interest grew in the breed again. In 1944 the first recorded breed club was formed and once again IRWS were seen again in the show ring. However fashions changed and once again the breed was in decline. In the 1970's Numbers again were low and with the guidance of the Irish Kennel Club judicious crosses with Red Setters who’s pedigrees could trace back to R&W dogs were allowed to increase the gene pool.

 

The first modern day imports into the US were in the mid 1980's. The numbers have steadily increased since that time. In 1997 the IRWSA was formed. In 2005 the IRWSA was named parent club by the American Kennel Club. The breed was granted MISC status in 2007. We received full AKC recognition in January 2009 and were admitted to the Sporting Group.

 

Presently there are around 1100 AKC registered IRWS in the US.

 

Standard...

 

The IRWS is bred primarily as for the field. The standard as set out hereunder must be interpreted chiefly from this point of view and all judges at bench shows must be encouraged to judge the exhibits chiefly from the working standpoint. The appearance is strong and powerful, well balanced and proportioned without lumber: athletic rather than racy with an aristocratic, keen and intelligent attitude.

 

Size...Males 24 1/2- 26 inches bitches are 22 1/2 -24 inches at the withers.

 

Head

 

Gentle expression with dark brown eyes, skull broad in proportion to the body. ears should be set level with the eyes. Muzzle is clean and square

 

Neck is moderately long set into well laid back shoulders. Top line should be level from the withers to the croup and the croup should be well rounded. Tail when in action should be carried level with or below the back.

 

Color

 

The IRWS should be a brilliant white with clearly separated islands of red. Flecking is allowed on the face, the feet and on the forelegs as far up as the elbow and on the hind leg as far up as the hock. Roaning, flecking and mottling is discouraged on any other part of the body.

 

Movement should be lively, graceful and efficient.

 

Grooming is to be kept at a minimum. No clippering is allowed. Light trimming with thinning shears is allowed under the ears, under the tail. The feet can be rounded and hocks tidied for neatness...Whiskers are to remain intact.

 

The IRWS should display a kindly, friendly attitude showing a high spirit.



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