Irish Red and White Setter Dog Breed Temperament, Health Issues, Grooming and Living Conditions

  • 20/11/2010

Temperament: The Irish Red and White Setter dog is energetic, intelligent, high spirited and full of energy. This dog is not good at guarding, but will get along well with pets and children. Without the correct leadership, this breed can be highly strung, they require a lot of mental and physical exercise daily, or can become destructive and hard to manage.

The Irish Red and White setter is sensitive to tone of voice, and does not respond to harsh discipline. The ideal owner for this dog needs to possess a calm, yet natural authority and leadership skills. The Irish Red and White Setter dog requires firm consistent and competent leadership. Owners, who are meek, will find this a difficult dog to train. Training should start as a young puppy, including socializing them well. Here we see two types, the sporting line and the show line.

The sporting line is a little smaller, with a shorter coat and has higher energy levels than the show line. Whichever line, both will require plenty of daily activities and walks. Temperament will vary depending on how the owner treats the dog, also how much and what type of activities this dog receives. The Irish Red and White setter has an excellent sense of smell and can work in wetlands or dry, with all types of hunting.

Health issues: The Irish Red and White setter can get an autoimmune disease called CLAD, a mild form of cataract, PPC, and Von Willebrand disease.

Grooming: An Irish Red and White setter requires daily brushing, to keep its coat in good condition. Extra brushing is required when the coach was shedding. This dog is an average shedder.

Living conditions: This dog is active and requires owners of the exceptionally active, such as joggers or people that like to write push bikes and plan on taking his dog on long walks daily. An Irish Red and White setter is not recommended for apartment living. A large garden will work well for this breed.

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