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.