Despite its name, the Irish red and white setter is a distinct breed, not just a different colored version of the Irish setter. Bred primarily for the field, they should be strong, powerful and athletic, with a keen and intelligent attitude. The coat’s base color is white with solid red patches. Known in Ireland since the 17th century, the red and white is thought to be the older of the two Irish setters. However, it was nearly extinct by the end of the 19th century. During the 1920s, efforts were made to revive the Irish red and white setter, and by the 1940s, the breed began to reemerge in Ireland.