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The Irish Red and White Setter dog breed was barely saved from extinction when most breeders began to focus on all-red varieties. Although these are purebred dogs, you may find them in the care of shelters or rescue groups. Remember to adopt. As hunting dogs, Irish Red and White Setters are slow to train, but over time they become loyal and reliable hunters. They can also make great family companions, although their high energy and exercise needs make them a poor choice for flat dwellers or those who cannot physically keep up with them. If you can provide plenty of activity for their body and brain, this may be the breed for you.
The first Irish Setters were red or red and white, but over time breeders began to focus only on the red varieties, and the red and white Setters almost disappeared. However, they were saved from extinction and are now considered a distinct breed from their Irish Setter cousins. They show great zest for life and are great friends with children who are old enough to put up with their unbridled play. Give them a home with plenty of room to run and be prepared to train them with patience and consistency.
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