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How many Irish Setters do you have?
How long have you owned Irish Setters?
4 years
About Me:
Employment: Nurse (End of Life/Palliative Care); Social Worker (Child Protection)

Together with my partner, I currently own, show and live with four Irish Red & White Setters in the very rural heart of Co. Tipperary in the south midlands of Ireland. Our kennel prefix is 'Ravensring' (Fáinne Fiach Dubh), is also home to some Kerry Beagles, our other native Irish breed.

We were attracted to the IR&WS breed by the typically good temperament and stunning looks, the fact that it is a native Irish working breed and, despite its successful revival following near-extinction, the fact that it remains vulnerable as a breed and we would like to make our own little 'contribution' to its viability into the future. In this respect we are committed to health-testing/DNA Screening, and this applies to all of our dogs. We have not yet bred a litter, but hope to do so later this year.

Our guiding principle in any breeding which we undertake will centrally aim at producing at least good, if not excellent specimens of the breed, capable of being good pets/companions first and foremost, and shown, and/or worked if deemed suitable. Our dogs are individually loved and respected regardless of any profile-raising ability, and will not be re-homed when their show or working ‘careers’ are over. In other words, we view our dogs as more, much more than what they can ‘achieve’ for us – period! We are aware that, as well as all of the genuinely wonderful breeders and exhibiters in the canine-fancier world, unfortunately there is also a good deal of jealousy, begrudgery and one-upmanship, and we have no wish whatsoever for any involvement with these negative aspects. We believe that exhibitors and field-trialers should be friendly and sportsmanlike in attitude and behaviour, that breeders should strive to derive fun and joy from their endeavours (rather than denigrating others), and in so doing, wish nothing but the best for everyone else involved, as well as for themselves. As such, we will welcome contact from other friendly and positive-minded pet owners, breeders, exhibitors and trialers through this site.
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A. I am a human wanting to contribute to the community

Comment Wall (2 comments)

At 3:02am on August 10, 2016, human friend said…
I like what you wrote, red and whites are lovely and possibly more varied in appearance than reds. Would you agree with that? I'm on the other side of the world, though, so maybe that's the reason.
At 7:22am on September 7, 2016, human friend said…
Thanks, Mike, I suppose out crossing and throw backs could account for it: genetics is a funny business! Maybe it is just more noticeable because red and whites are so fewer in number. My dogs are from the same breeder but their red patches are different shades, but I guess they all can't be related! I love the freckles on them. I don't know if they are a good thing or not to breeders, but I love them!

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