Irish Sporting: Irish Red and White and Water Spaniel

Bird hunting season and thoughts of Ireland lead us to today’s post about two of Ireland’s sporting breeds: the Irish Red and White Setter and the Irish Water Spaniel.

Red and White Setters are a handsome dog suitable to working in the field and living in the home. Pointers who also retrieve, this is a trainable Setter with a lot of working instinct.

This is a Setter that does well as a family dog.
Athletic, this breed should have a couple of good walks a day; playing in a big yard with another energetic dog can also assist this breed in getting some of their energy out.

Irish Water Spaniels are bred to retrieve birds and have been known for hundreds of years in Ireland. 

Irish Water Spaniels are intelligent and said to have a sense of humor – they like to be silly and make people laugh.

An active breed that likes people, they also require regular walks. Irish Water Spaniels are also suitable for agility sports/competitions. 

This breed also works for people with sensitivities to dogs — as low shedders, this breed will require hair cuts and grooming.

Two sporting breeds with a common homeland and rather different looks. Unique, handsome, intelligent, good with families. The Red and White will shed more, the Water Spaniel will require a slightly smarter owner :-) 

Note: The IWS and Poodle – similar breeds with different birth places. The Poodle probably originated in Germany.  The IWS is a liver color, one of the dark solid colors that a Poodle does not come in. The Poodle is a more aloof and serious breed than the IWS, who has a more coby build than the Poodle. The IWS remains a sporting breed, the Poodle does not. 

Another example of breeds that appear similar, yet are not the same.


Irish Water Spaniel


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