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.