The Irish Red and White Setter is an athletic, intuitive, and courageous hunter that predates its close relative, the Irish Setter. They have been known since the 17th century but the popularity of the Irish Setter and separate breeding programs almost led to the extinction of the Irish Red and White Setter towards the end of the 19th century. Enthusiasts began resurrecting the breed in the 1920s and by the 1940s the Irish Red and White Setter was regaining its foothold as an esteemed hunting companion in Ireland. They are energetic and gregarious both hunting and at home so need plenty of exercise and guidance from their masters. Their affectionate, playful nature makes them good family pets and their coats need minimal trimming and brushing.
Each AKC approved purebred breed has its own national club. The mission of these “parent breed clubs” is to improve and preserve a particular breed by advancing knowledge about its history, its health, and care requirements. They also work to assure that the breed’s form and function remain true to its historical physical type and character: A Dalmatian, for instance, should be athletic and have a natural affinity for working with horses. A Fox Terrier should have the right body size and shape, and a drive to go after vermin.
Pet owners, breeders, trainers, veterinarians, and others with a special love for a breed become members of the parent breed club to meet like-minded enthusiasts and to support the club’s mission. The nation’s top breed experts are members of the parent club.
The national parent breed club is the first and best place to go to learn about a breed or find a knowledgeable, experienced breeder.