Irish Red and White Setter

I was watching the Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show on CNBC, and when they introduced the sporting dogs, two stood out: the Irish Red and Irish Red and White Setter.  The Irish red and white setter is thought to be the oldest of the two setters.  It was nearly extinct by the end of the 19th century then reemegred in the 1940s.  That reminded me so much of the parti poodle. And when I think about classic colors of dogs, much of those from the earlier centuries many of the colors are mixed colored-- usually white -and- either black, brown, or red.

It seems like many of them were bred to be solid colored because back in those days it was unique to have solid. Really makes ya think, huh....

Other notables: (Parti Cocker Spaniel, Welsh Springer Spaniel, and English Springer Spaniel) (And the Irish Water Spaniel looks just like a poodle, except for the rat tail, it was really pretty the black coat was gorgeous... makes you wonder how many dog breeds have "poodle roots", lol).

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