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Irish Red and White Setter Dog Breed

The Irish Red and White Setter is a working gundog originating from Ireland. In terms of use and temperament, it is similar to its relative, the Irish Setter. A medium-sized dog, it weighs from 50 to 75 pounds and stands at a height of 22 to 26 inches. It is strong and powerful looking, with a broad head in proportion to the body and a domed skull. It has round eyes that are hazel or dark brown in colour, ears that are set level with the eyes and lie close to the head, and a very muscular neck that is slightly arched. Its well-feathered tail tapers to a fine point and is carried level with the back or below and in a lively manner. Its coat is finely textured with good feathering, slightly wavy but never curly. The colour is clearly parti-colored - a solid white base with solid red patches.

There are two types of the breed: the field lines bred for hunting and field trial work, and the bench type which are bred for conformation shows. The field lines are generally smaller than the bench types and have shorter coats. Irish Red and White Setters are energetic, high-spirited and playful dogs. They have no guarding instincts but they are good with children and get along well with other pets. They are intelligent and possess an independent spirit. Proper training and socialization must be done during puppy hood as they may be hard to manage later on. They are relatively easy to housebreak but require a daily, long physical and mental activity otherwise they have a tendency to become high-strung and destructive. It has a life expectancy of 11 to 15 years.

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