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Critical boost for the Red and White Setter: the most vulnerable of UK breeds

Red and white setter bitch with puppies suckling dog-happy
© Ve Callaghan – Facebook

Listed as the most vulnerable breed in 2019, the red setter looked likely to become extinct. But the recent arrival of ten pups may just change the fortunes of the breed.

By Nick Whittle

Published on the 09/03/2020, 13:00, Updated on the 08/02/2021, 13:31


Just 39 new Red and White Setter puppies were registered with the Kennel Club in 2019 compared to 35,347 Labradors. Trendy crossbreeds and dogs from abroad also outnumbered the native gun dog.


I think we are getting too big for the milk bar lol

Posted by Ve Callaghan on Wednesday, February 5, 2020

The Kennel Club’s vulnerable breeds list includes breeds that are in danger of being wiped out. Most of the dogs on the list, including the English Toy Terrier, Fox Terrier, Glen of Imaal Terrier and Gordon Setter are native British and Irish breeds that have been around for centuries.


This year a breeder from Leicestershire announced the birth of a litter of ten Red and White Setters, which could spell a turnaround of the dog's fortunes.


Tamzin has had her babies 10 lovely puppies she is now feeling tired bless her

Posted by Ve Callaghan on Sunday, January 5, 2020
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Ve Callaghan from Melton Mowbray has already found homes for all of the puppies. The birth represents a quarter of the number of puppies born in the whole of 2019.


My goodness why do they all want to sleep in one bed!!!! "You are all too big, babies" they do make me laugh bless them ?

Posted by Ve Callaghan on Wednesday, February 26, 2020

Positive for the breed

Writes The Sun, chairman of the Irish Red and White Setter Club, Jim Cuddy, said: “Having ten new puppies does help the breed, given as there were only 39 last year.

“The aim is to sell the puppies to new owners in the hope they will go on to breed from the bitches.

“Once people have a breed they tend to stick with that breed in the future.