The Irish Red and White Setter is a close relative of the Irish Setter breed. Historical records refer to a common Red and White Spaniel which bears a striking resemblance to the breed, and in the development of the Irish Setter breed, dogs were bred primarily for their field talents, rather than their coat color. It was not until the 1800s that the red coloring became popular in the show ring and an attributed characteristic of the Irish Setter breed. As red dogs predominated in the latter part of the century, a public outcry caused multiple efforts to keep the traditional coloration. The breed has persisted to the present day and was only recently fully recognized by the AKC in 2009. These dogs remain more of a field dog than a house or show dog, and when properly trained remain an obedient and loyal companion.