Dog Breed Group: Gun Dog
Life Span: 11-13 years
Weight: Male: 27-32, Female: 20-25
Height: Male: 24-26, Female: 23-24
Origin of Name: The Irish Red and White Setter is a breed of dog.
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Before all we knew and loved, all were red-red Irish setters, a red-and-white color of the hills and bogies of Ireland since at least the 1600s. In those days settlers would crawl with their eyebrows at game birds, then stop in the "setting" position and signal with their tails until a hunter threw a net at the birds. The nets eventually gave way to firearms, and the best setter lines adapted their serious style of hunting to new technology.