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Kennel Snørypa is breeding Irish Red and White Setters in just a small-scale. It’s owned and driven by Nina Hordnes and Narve Johansen. We live 20 minutes outside the center of Bergen at Søreide.

Narve got his first Irish Red Setter back in 1963 and together we got our first Red Setter in 1988. At the beginning of the 90 we got aware of that it was also another variant of the Irish setter; the Irish Red and White Setter. It was a rare and vulnerable breed and very difficult to get one since there were so few of them. In 2004 we were lucky and fortunate to import Shannonlee Snow Grouse from Mrs. Webb in Great Britain. From that day our passion for this loving breed started. She has been an excellent bitch, beautiful, elegant and intelligent and she has also been an excellent team-worker in the field. She has been very easy to train and has achieved a field-trial prize. In 2010 she got the award by the Norwegian Irish Setter Club; Irish Red and White Setter of the year. She has had one litter (in 2008). We kept 2 puppies from that litter ; Aron and Tara. Tara had a litter in 2011. She had 10 puppies and we kept one bitch; Lady Flanagan.

What does Snørypa means?
Snørypa is the Norwegian word for Snow Grouse. Named after our first IRWS Shannonlee Snow Grouse. Everybody who has seen the grouse in its bright white beautiful winter coat and also when it`s changing feather from white to red and from red to white can associate this to our red and white setters.

Our aim in breeding

Our main purpose is to breed healthy, functional, beautiful and elegant IRWS with good temperament. Our setters shall function well as family-dogs and also work as an excellent hunting-companion. We want that IRWS again shall be recognized for its excellent hunting abilities.
To keep the breed healthy it is important to keep the genetic variation wide and this is also in our mind and something we have focus on when breeding.