The Irish Red and White Setter, also known as IRWS, is a hunting breed that has become increasingly popular in recent years. The breed is originally from Ireland and was once on the verge of extinction before making a comeback in the 20th century.
IRWS are medium to large-sized dogs with males typically standing around 24-26 inches at the shoulder and weighing between 50-75 pounds while females stand at about 22-24 inches tall and weigh between 45-70 pounds. They have long coats made up of mostly white hair with red patches or freckles across their bodies – hence their name. Their coats tend to be silky, feathered, and wavy giving them an elegant appearance. They have droopy ears covered with long fur which should be regularly cleaned to prevent ear infections.
These setters are known for being friendly, gentle-natured, loyal, devoted family pets who thrive on human companionship. Since they were initially bred for hunting purposes (specifically birds), they exhibit strong prey drive tendencies when they spot birds or other small animals outdoors; thus proper socialization training may be necessary if living alongside small pets such as cats or rabbits. Furthermore, these dogs love children but may need early socialization before meeting new people because they can be cautious of strangers if not properly introduced.
Like most breeds that originated from specific areas geographically or purposefully like hunting breeds where selective breeding occurred over centuries there’s likelihood that this breed could inherit genetic health issues common among its ancestors such as hip dysplasia where joint problems occur leading to arthritis and kidney stones formation due to protein metabolism disorders.
Their life expectancy varies according to factors including genetics overall health condition diet & exercise routines etc.; however it usually ranges from eight years old upwards depending on various environmental factors.
Irish Red & White Setters require daily activities since physical stimulation is essential to their wellbeing. Long walks, runs and playtime sessions or training exercises can be helpful in keeping them fit and happy. It’s also important to note that this breed has an endless amount of energy so regular exercise is crucial to maintain a healthy lifestyle.
Special Grooming Needs:
These dogs have long feathered coats that require maintenance such as brushing & detangling mats or knots (at least once weekly) bathing using dog-friendly shampoo regularly about every 6-8 weeks, periodic trimming for hygiene purposes but not shaving, nail trims monthly if active on hard surfaces outdoors so they don’t overgrow and become painful; especially indoors where flooring may be slippery – causing injuries while playing around the house
Irish Red & White Setters respond best with positive reinforcement techniques since it establishes trust between the pet-owner relationship resulting in desirable behavior changes. Basic obedience training can assist in setting ground rules within your home by providing structure through commands like “sit”, “stay” or â€ścomeâ€ť. Advanced training should include herding instincts which are part of its hunting nature plus housebreaking techniques for potty-training puppies.
Compatibility with children/pets:
The IRWS tends to get along well with kids because they’re gentle souls who adore human interaction but it’s recommended parents supervise all interactions since accidents may occur during rough play-time activities. When introduced correctly this breed typically integrates well into multi-pet homes without issue although it could show signs of aggressive behaviors towards smaller animals due to innate natural prey drive tendencies thus early socialization practices are key.
One interesting fact about Irish Red & White Setters is that unlike other hunting breeds which tend towards high-strung activity levels when resting at home, these dogs prefer being close-by their owners just taking a nap together underfoot wherever humans go rather than chasing toys endlessly throughout houses alone.
Additionally Irish Reds might display separation anxiety if left alone too long as they thrive on human interaction and companionship which is why these dogs do best in homes where people are around most of the time.
One example of famous IRWS dogs comes from author T.H. White’s book “The Once and Future King” where the fictional character “Merlyn” has an Irish Red & White Setter named Cully who plays a significant role in several chapters. Another notable appearance of IRWS is seen in animated film â€śLady and The Tramp 2: Scamps Adventureâ€ť when one of Ladyâ€™s children was given an IRWS dog by one of her sons portraying how intelligent, loyal family pets this breed can be for multi-generational households alike.