Since the Red and White Setter has only seen a surge in popularity during the last 60 odd years, there are still very few Red and White Setters in movies or on television, especially in the United States. But, there are plenty of champion show dogs across the world! With Red and White Setter clubs across the entire globe, there's sure to be tons of celebrities among them!
The Red and White Setter is still virtually unknown outside of Ireland, although there are a few Red and White Setter clubs springing up around the world. This lack of popularity explains why you haven't seen a Red and White Setter in a dog food commercial or playing someone's trusty pet in a movie. However, the Red and White Setter has become famous in its own right. After near extinction during the late 1800s, enthusiastic breeders have ensured that this breed will continue for generations.
Irish artist, Louisa Nally has an extensive collection of art in which the Red and White Setter is the centerpiece. Nally has found a way to capture the liveliness and personality of the Red and White Setter in her paintings. Many artists, especially Irish artists have depicted the Red and White Setter in all its glory for many years.
Because the Red and White Setters are such obedient and easy to train dogs, they are prime candidates for celebrity status. The drawback is that they require plenty of space and exercise so if they are locked indoors all day shooting a commercial, it may not be a good idea. Field dogs especially will not adapt to the enclosed environment of television or film. If you have big dreams of your Red and White Setter reaching Turner & Hooch status, you must begin the training process immediately and get your pup used to spending long periods of time indoors.
If you want fame for your Red and White Setter, look no further than your next dog show. Because of its muscular build and unique stance, the Red and White Setter will perform well in many types of dog shows from agility to tracking and obedience categories. Its high energy and a willingness to please will make the Red and White Setter a stand out at any dog show. The virtual disappearance of the Red and White Setter at the turn of the century explains its absence from popular culture. Also, the increasing popularity of "toy dogs" has decreased the need for bigger lovable breeds such as the Red and White Setter.
There are many clubs and organizations dedicated to raising awareness of the Red and White Setter across the globe, and with your help, maybe we can catch a glimpse of the Red and White Setter on the silver screen someday. Until then, enroll your Red and White Setter in a dog show. You have to start somewhere.