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Irish Red and White Setter |Ireland|

Irish Red and White Setter |Ireland|

The Irish Red and White Setter is not as well-known as the Irish (Red) Setter, but is thought to be the older breed. In 1570 English physician John Caius described the breed in his book De Canibus Britannicis : “The most part of their skins are white, and if they are marked with any spots they are commonly red and somewhat great.” By the end of the nineteenth century, however, the Irish Setter had overtaken the Red and White, and the older breed almost became extinct. Concerted efforts have re-established the breed, though their numbers remain low. Generally this breed is loyal, affectionate, and obedient; they also make very good gun dogs.

Irish Red and White Setter |Ireland| Irish Red and White Setter |Ireland|
From Dogs Unleashed, Copyright by Tamsin Pickeral, licensed through ContentOro, Inc and used by arrangement with Thunder Bay Press

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