No additional litters planned until 2018
Useful Links and Resources:
TV4 Film on the IRWS (in Gaellic and English, beautiful footage)
Irish red and White Setter Association of America
Mountain Star Kennels, Yakima, WA
By Nick Waters: "The red-and-white was the earlier colour of what are now two Irish setters but in the latter part of the 19th century the colour fell from favour and had it not been for a few devotees could well have been lost. The Rossmore Setters, named after their owner, Lord Rossmore of Rossmore Castle, County Monaghan, were a strain of red-and-white, perhaps the earliest in Ireland and date back with certainty well into the 18th century. The family had for some years the shooting over the Isle of Arran, Strathclyde, Scotland and Rossmore’s strain was also known as the Arran Setter. The Rossmore strain covers a remarkable time span with Captain A M Stewart of Donegal having a kennel of Rossmore dogs well into the 20th Century. John Ferneley was born in Leicestershire, the son of the Duke of Rutland’s wheelwright and was apprenticed to Ben Marshall. Ferneley visited Ireland on more than one occasion and Lord Rossmore was one of his patrons for whom he completed a number of pictures in which Red and White setters feature. The picture reproduced here was painted in 1812 during the artist’s last visit to Ireland and shows Lord Rossmore with his brother, the Hon Jack Westenra, at Glendyke, King’s County (county Offaly) with seven dogs. Interestingly two are predominantly red, showing that although he was concentrating on developing and perpetuating the red-and-white, nearly all solid colours were in his kennel."
About Irish Red & White Setters (from IRWSAA)
Keen and intelligent, Irish Red and White Setters are high spirited and energetic dogs that have no guarding instincts, making them ideal additions to families, as they get on well with everyone from children to the family cat.
These dogs have retained some of their impulsive and independent natures, and can be sensitive to the tone of voice used by those in charge. Like most dogs, these dogs need to be provided with clear and consistent leadership for best results. You get further with this breed with gentle persuasion. They are very intelligent and they catch on fast.
Strong and powerful, Irish Red and White Setters can weigh between 50 and 75 pounds. They are athletic and swift, with long, strongly muscled necks that arch slightly and strong bodies that are well muscled and slightly sinewy. Their tails are strong and well tapered, ending in a fine point.
"A curious dog, the Irish Red and White Setter will leave no bush unturned and thoroughly investigate its hunting field. Possessing keen sense of smell and good speed, this dog makes a wonderful hunting companion in virtually any climate and on virtually all terrain. This is an intelligent breed and requires physical and mental exercise in its daily routine. An affectionate and loving animal, the Red and White Irish Setter has a sense of independence and an indomitable spirit that makes this dog easy to admire."(Ultimate Upland)
According to GunDog Magazine, they are "Natural pointers and Gentleman's gundogs." As Irish Red and White Setters were originally bred as partridge and grouse dogs, their style of hunting these birds may be taken as the norm. Irish Red and White Setters are fast, wide rangers. They use the ground with intelligence and precision, breaking their casts as they check the wind for the faintest scent of game. In the gallop the head is carried above the line of the back, the line of the muzzle always parallel to the ground. The gallop is fast, flowing, free of obvious effort. On finding game Irish Red and White Setters either take a definite set, or draw forward to the set, depending on distance from game and scenting conditions. Standing or crouched settings are normal attitudes. The set is intense and rigid, full of energy and concentration, the placement of the feet controlling and balancing the tense and immobile body. On a surprise set on finding itself close to game, the Irish Red and White Setter may crouch very low or lie flat on the ground.
Read more: http://www.gundogmag.com/breeds/the-irish-red-and-white-setter/#ixzz3IgPkpyrb
According to the Irish Red and White Setter Association of America, there are records of all red dogs in kennels at the end of the 18th century. Most authorities are of the opinion that the all red dogs came from breeding white and red dogs that had increasing amounts of red.During the 19th century, the red dogs started establishing themselves in ever greater numbers until they eventually became the predominant variety. In the middle of the 19th century, conformation shows were established and the flashy all red Setter took the world by storm. By the late 19th century, it was difficult to find a white and red setter in the show ring, although there are reports of them being shown until WWI in the United States. Between the end of WWII and the early 1980's, the Irish slowly built up the numbers of what became officially known as Irish Red and White Setters. The breed spread to England. Both the Irish Kennel Club and the Kennel Club came to recognize the IR&WS as a breed separate from the Irish Setter.
The American Kennel Club fully recognized the Irish Red and White Setter January 01, 2009. Other U. S. registries, such as the Field Dog Stud Book, recognize the breed. In Canada, the CKC accepted the IR&WS to full recognition in May of 1999.