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Irish Red and White Setter

Irish Red & White Setter

Irish Red and White Setter


ORIGIN

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FCI
Ireland.

PUBLISHED

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FCI
19.04.2005.
KC
March 1994

UTILISATION

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FCI
Most acceptable companion and friend in the homes and the fields. The Irish Red & White Setter is bred primarily for the field. The standard as set out hereunder must be interpreted chiefly from this point of view and all Judges at bench shows must judge the exhibits chiefly from the working standpoint.

CLASSIFICATION

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FCI
Group 7Pointing Dogs
Section 2.2British and Irish Pointers and Setters, Setter
With working trial

KC
Gundog
UKC
Gun Dog

BRIEF HISTORICAL SUMMARY

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FCI
The Irish Setter probably came to its own at the end of the 17th century. It is not well known outside of Ireland that there are two breeds of Irish Setters, but is fairly certain, that the Red and White Setter is the older of the two, and that judicious selective breeding evolved the solid red colour. When Irish Setters came to the show benches, just past the middle of the 19th century, there was a good deal of confusion about their proper colour. By the end of the 19th century, the Red Setter had virtually eclipsed the Red and White, which became so rare, that they were thought to be extinct. During the 1920s, efforts were made to revive the breed. By 1944, the breed had re-established itself well enough to have a club of its own, and today it can be seen in healthy numbers at Irish shows and Field Trials. The present Club the Irish Red & White Setter Field & Show Society was formed in 1981 and through its endeavours and direction the breed is now well established nationally and internationally. The Irish Red & White Setter competes successfully in Field Trials against the other pointing breeds and there are now quite a number of Field Trial Champions and Show Champions.
UKC
The Irish Setter probably came to its own at the end of the 17th Century. It is not well known outside of Ireland that there are two breeds of Irish Setters, but it is fairly certain that the Red and White Setter is the older of the two, and that the solid red color evolved through judicious selective breeding. When Irish Setters came to the show benches just past the middle of the 19th Century, there was a good deal of confusion about their proper color. By the end of the 19th Century, the Red Setter had virtually eclipsed the Red and White, which became so rare that they were thought to be extinct. During the 1920’s, efforts were made to revive the breed. By 1944, the breed had re-established itself well enough to have a club of its own, and today it can be seen in healthy numbers at Irish shows and field trials. The present club, the Irish Red & White Setter Field & Show Society, was formed in 1981 and through its endeavours and direction the breed is now well established nationally and internationally. The Irish Red & White Setter competes successfully in UKC Pointing Dog Field Trials. The Irish Red & White Setter was recognized by the United Kennel Club on January 1, 1995.

GENERAL APPEARANCE

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FCI
Strong well balanced and proportioned without lumber; athletic rather than racy. The Irish Red & White Setter is bred primarily for the field and must be judged chiefly from the working standpoint.
KC
Strong and powerful, without lumber; athletic rather than racy.
UKC
Strong well balanced and proportioned without lumber; athletic rather than racy. It is a large, red and white parti-colored dog, with the coat on the front of the neck left natural. The Irish Red & White Setter is bred primarily for the field and must be judged chiefly from the working standpoint.

IMPORTANT PROPORTIONS

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KC
Biddable, highly intelligent, good worker.

BEHAVIOUR / TEMPERAMENT

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FCI
Aristocratic, keen and intelligent. Displays a kindly, friendly attitude, behind which should be discernible determination, courage and high spirit. The Red and White Setter is very friendly, dependable and easily trained gundog.
KC
Happy, good-natured and affectionate.
UKC
Aristocratic, keen and intelligent. Displays a kindly, friendly attitude, behind which should be discernible determination, courage and high spirit. The Red and White Setter is very friendly, dependable and an easily trained gun dog.

HEAD

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FCI
Broad in proportion to the body.
KC
Head broad in proportion to body, with good stop. Skull domed without occipital protuberance as in Irish Setters, fairly square, clean muzzle.
UKC
Broad in proportion to the body.

CRANIAL REGION

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Skull

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FCI
Domed without showing occipital protuberance, as in the Irish Red Setter.
UKC
Domed without showing occipital protuberance, as in the Irish Red Setter. Good Stop.

Stop

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FCI
Good Stop.

FACIAL REGION

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Nose

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UKC
Black or dark brown.

Muzzle

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FCI
Clean and square.
KC
Jaws strong with a perfect regular scissor bite, i.e. upper teeth closely overlapping lower teeth and set square to the jaws.
UKC
Clean and square. Jaws of equal or nearly equal length.

Jaws/Teeth

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FCI
Jaws of equal or nearly equal length. Regular teeth; scissor bite ideal; edge to edge bite acceptable.
UKC
Regular teeth. Scissors bite ideal; even bite acceptable.

Eyes

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FCI
Dark hazel or dark brown; oval, with slight prominence and without haw.
KC
Hazel or dark brown, round, slight prominence, and without haw.
UKC
Dark hazel or dark brown; oval, with slight prominence and without haw.

Ears

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FCI
Set level with the eyes, and well back, lying close to the head.
KC
Set level with eyes and well back, lying close to head.
UKC
Set level with the eyes, and well back, lying close to the head.

NECK

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FCI
Moderately long, very muscular, but not too thick, slightly arched, free from all tendency to throatiness.
KC
Moderately long, very muscular, but not too thick, slightly arched, free from throatiness.
UKC
Moderately long, very muscular, but not too thick, slightly arched, free from all tendency to throatiness.

BODY

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FCI
Strong and muscular.
KC
Strong and muscular, deep chest and well sprung ribs. Back and quarters very muscular and powerful. Bone strong, well built up with muscle and sinew.
UKC
Strong and muscular. The back is strong and well muscled. The chest is deep with well sprung ribs.

Back

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FCI
To be strong and well muscled.

Chest

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FCI
Deep, with well sprung ribs.

TAIL

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FCI
Moderate length, not reaching below hock, strong at root. Tapering to fine point; no appearance of ropiness and carried level with or below the back.
KC
Strong at root, tapering to fine point, with no appearance of ropiness; not reaching below hock. Well feathered, carried level with back or below in lively manner.
UKC
Moderate length, not reaching below the hock, strong at root. Tapering to fine point; no appearance of ropiness, and carried level with or below the back.

LIMBS

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FCI
Well muscled and sinewy; strong bone.

FOREQUARTERS

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KC
Shoulders well laid back. Elbows free, turning neither in nor out. Strong, oval bone, well muscled, sinewy, pasterns slightly sloping.
UKC
Shoulders well laid back. Elbows are free, turning neither in nor out.

Shoulder

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FCI
Well laid back.

Elbow

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FCI
Free, turning neither in nor out.

FORELEGS

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UKC
Straight and sinewy, well boned. Strong pasterns.

Forearm

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FCI
Straight and sinewy, well boned.

Pastern

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FCI
Strong.

FEET

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KC
Close-knit, well feathered between toes.
UKC
Close-knit, with plenty of feathering between the toes.

Forefeet

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FCI
Close-knit with plenty of feathering between toes.

Hind feet

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FCI
See Forefeet.

HINDQUARTERS

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FCI
Wide and strong; hind legs from hip to hock long and muscular.
KC
Wide and powerful. Legs from hip to hock long and muscular from hock to heel short and strong. Stifle well bent, hocks well let down turning neither in nor out.
UKC
Wide and strong; hind legs from hip to hock long and muscular. Stifles well bent. Hocks well let down, turning neither in nor out. Hock to foot strong and of moderate length.

Stifle

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FCI
Well bent.

Hock

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FCI
Well let down, turning neither in nor out. From hock to foot of moderate length and strong.

GAIT / MOVEMENT

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FCI
When moving at the trot long striding, very lively, graceful and efficient. Head held high, hindquarters drive smoothly and with great power. Forelegs reach well ahead and remain low. Seen from or rear forelegs and hindlegs below the hock joint moving perpendicularly to the ground, no crossing or weaving of legs, front or back.
KC
Long, free-striding, effortless with drive.
UKC
When moving at the trot, long striding, very lively, graceful and efficient. Head held high, hindquarters drive smoothly and with great power. Forelegs reach well ahead and remain low. Seen from front or rear, forelegs and hind legs below the hock joint moving perpendicularly to the ground; no crossing or weaving of legs, front or back.

COAT

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HAIR

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FCI
Long silky fine hair called "Feathering" on the back of the fore and hind legs and on the outer ear flap, also a reasonable amount on the flank extending on to the chest and throat forming a fringe. All feathering straight, flat and free from curl but slight wave is permissible. The tail should be well feathered. On all other parts of the body the hair should be short, flat and free from curl.
KC
Finely textured with good feathering. Slight wave permissible but never curly.
UKC
Long silky fine hair called "Feathering" on the back of the fore and hind legs and on the outer ear flap; also a reasonable amount on the flank extending on to the chest and throat forming a fringe. All feathering straight, flat and free from curl, but slight wave is permissible. The tail should be well feathered. On all other parts of the body the hair should be short, flat and free from curl. The bottom of the feet, including the edges, may be cleared of hair. The pasterns and rear pasterns may be thinned for neatness. Light trimming, for cleanliness, is allowed under the base of the tail. No other trimming is allowed, including the whiskers, which are to remain untrimmed. Any alterations to the coat on the top of the ears and the front of the neck are not permissible.

COLOUR

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FCI
Base colour white with solid red patches (clear islands of red colour), both colours should show the maximum of life and bloom; flecking but not roaning permitted around the face and feet and up the foreleg as far as the elbow and up the hindleg as far as the hock. Roaning, flecking and mottling on any other part of the body is objectionable.
KC
Clearly particoloured, i.e. base colour pearl white, solid red patches. Mottling or flecking but no roaning permitted around face and feet and up foreleg to elbow and up hindleg to hock.
UKC
Base color white, with solid red patches (clear islands of red color). Both colors should show the maximum of life and bloom; flecking but not roaning permitted around the face and feet and up the foreleg as far as the elbow and up the hind leg as far as the hock.

SIZE

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Height at withers

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FCI

Dogs 24,5 - 26 ins. (62 - 66 cm).
Bitches 22,5 - 24 ins. (57 - 61 cm).
UKC
Desirable height at the withers for males is 24.5 to 26 inches. For females it is 22.5 to 24 inches.

FAULTS

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FCI
Any departure from the foregoing points should be considered a fault and the seriousness with which the fault should be regarded should be in exact proportion to its degree and its effect upon the health and welfare of the dog.
KC
Any departure from the foregoing points should be considered a fault and the seriousness with which the fault should be regarded should be in exact proportion to its degree and its effect upon the health and welfare of the dog and on the dog’s ability to perform its traditional work.
UKC
Any departure from the foregoing points should be considered a fault and the seriousness with which the fault should be regarded should be in exact proportion to its degree and its effect upon the health and welfare of the dog.

SERIOUS FAULTS

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FCI
  • Any dog or bitch not conforming to the height standard.
UKC

Coat: Any other trimming than mentioned above, including the whiskers, which are to remain untrimmed. Any alterations to the coat on the top of the ears and the front of the neck.
Color: Flecking but not roaning is permitted around the face and feet and up the forelegs as far as the elbow and up the hind leg as far as the hock.
Height: Any male or female not conforming to the height standard.

DISQUALIFYING FAULTS

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FCI

  • Aggressive or overly shy.
  • Males not having two apparently normal testicles.
  • Although flecking but not roaning is permitted around the face and feet and up the forelegs as far as the elbow and up the hindleg as far as the hock, visible and excessive roaning, flecking and mottling on any other part of the body is an eliminating fault.
Any dog clearly showing physical or behavioural abnormalities shall be disqualified.
UKC

(An Eliminating Fault is a Fault serious enough that it eliminates the dog from obtaining any awards in a conformation event.) Visible and excessive roaning, flecking and mottling on any other part of the body.
Unilateral or bilateral cryptorchid. Viciousness or extreme shyness. Albinism.


Anatomical Features of the dog

N.B.:

Male animals should have two apparently normal testicles fully descended into the scrotum.