Fédération Cynologique Internationale

The Kennel Club

United Kennel Club

Irish Red Setter

Irish Setter

Irish Setter


ORIGIN

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FCI
Ireland.

PUBLISHED

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FCI
13.03.2001.
KC
March 1994

UTILISATION

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FCI
Gun dog and family dog.

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 Red Setter was developed in Ireland as a working dog for hunting game. The breed is derived from the Irish Red and White Setter and an unknown solid red coloured dog. It was a clearly identifiable type in the 18th century. The Irish Red Setter Club was established in 1882 to promote the Breed. The club issued the Breed Standard in 1886, and has organised field trials and shows to set the Standard for the Breed since that time. In 1998 the club published the working style for the breed. The standard and working style together describes the physical form and working ability of the breed.
The Irish Red Setter has evolved down the years into a hardy, healthy, intelligent dog, possessed of excellent working ability and great stamina.
UKC
The Irish Setter is a working gun dog that was developed in Ireland. The breed was probably developed by using a combination of spaniels, other setters, pointers and the Irish Terrier. At first, Irish Setters were in the same family with the Irish Red and White Setter, but they were separated into an individual breed in the early 1800’s. Over a period of time the breed was split between field and show dogs, but today an effort is being made to bring the field ability and the beauty of the Irish Setter together. The Irish Setter was recognized by the United Kennel Club in 1914.

GENERAL APPEARANCE

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FCI
Racy and athletic full of quality, kindly in expression. Balanced and in proportion.
KC
Must be racy, balanced and full of quality. In conformation, proportionate.
UKC
An upstanding, active dog of mahogany or rich chestnut color, substantial yet elegant, and always exhibiting balance whether standing or moving.

IMPORTANT PROPORTIONS

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KC
Most handsome, and refined in looks, tremendously active with untiring readiness to range and hunt under any conditions.

BEHAVIOUR / TEMPERAMENT

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FCI
Keen, intelligent, energetic, affectionate and loyal.
KC
Demonstrably affectionate.
UKC
An energetic dog, friendly and intelligent. The breed’s rollicking personality is a defining characteristic.

HEAD

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FCI
Long and lean, and not coarse at the ears. Muzzle and skull of equal length and on parallel lines.
KC
Head long and lean, not narrow or snipy, not coarse at the ears. Skull oval (from ear to ear) having plenty of brain room and well-defined occipital protuberance. From occiput to stop and from stop to tip of nose to be parallel and of equal length, brows raised showing stop. Muzzle moderately deep, fairly square at end. Jaws of nearly equal length, flews not pendulous, nostrils wide. Colour of nose dark mahogany, dark walnut or black.
UKC
Lean and long, its length is at least double the width between the ears. Well-defined stop halfway between the well-developed occiput and the tip of the nose, and the toplines of the skull and muzzle lie in parallel planes.

CRANIAL REGION

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Skull

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FCI
Oval (from ear to ear), having plenty of brain room, and with well defined occipital protuberance. Brows raised.
UKC
The skull is oval when viewed from the front or from above; very slightly domed when viewed from the side. The brow is raised, and there is delicate chiseling around the eyes.

Stop

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FCI
Well defined.

FACIAL REGION

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Nose

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FCI
The colour of the nose is dark mahogany, or dark walnut or black, the nostrils wide.
UKC
Black or chocolate with wide nostrils.

Muzzle

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FCI
Moderately deep and fairly square at the end. From the stop to point of nose, long, flews not pendulous.
KC
Jaws strong, with a perfect, regular and complete scissor bite, i.e. upper teeth closely overlapping lower teeth and set square to the jaws.
UKC
Long and fairly deep, with fairly square upper lips.

Jaws/Teeth

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FCI
Jaws of nearly equal length.
Teeth: Scissors bite.
UKC
A full complement of strong, white teeth meet in a scissors bite.

Eyes

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FCI
Dark hazel or dark brown ought not to be too large.
KC
Dark hazel to dark brown, not too large, preferably like an unshelled almond in shape, set level (not obliquely), under brows showing kind, intelligent expression.
UKC
Somewhat almond-shaped and of medium size, placed rather well apart, dark to medium brown in color. Expression is soft, but keen and alert.

Ears

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FCI
Of moderate size, fine in texture, set low and well back, hanging in a neat fold close to head.
KC
Of moderate size, fine in texture, set on low, well back and hanging in a neat fold close to head.
UKC
Set well back and low, nearly long enough to reach the nose, lying close to the head. Leather is fine.

NECK

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FCI
Moderately long, very muscular, not too thick, slightly arched, no tendency to throatiness.
KC
Moderately long, very muscular but not too thick, slightly arched and free from all tendency to throatiness, setting cleanly without a break of topline into shoulders.
UKC
Strong, but not thick. Moderately long, slightly arched and free of throatiness. Fitting smoothly into shoulders.

BODY

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FCI
Proportionate to size of dog.
KC
Chest as deep as possible, rather narrow in front. Ribs well sprung leaving plenty of lung room and carried well back to muscular loin, slightly arched. Firm straight topline gently sloping downwards from withers.
UKC
Sufficiently long to permit a straight and free stride. Ribs well-sprung. Loins of moderate length. Topline of body slopes slightly downward from withers to set on of tail.

Loin

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FCI
Muscular and slightly arched.

Chest

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FCI
Deep chest, rather narrow in front, ribs well sprung, leaving plenty of lung room.

TAIL

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FCI
Moderate length, proportionate to size of body, set on rather low, strong at root, tapering to fine point. Carried level with or below back.
KC
Of moderate length proportionate to size of body, set on just below the level of the back, strong at root tapering to a fine point and carried as nearly as possible on a level with or below the back.
UKC
Strong at root, tapering to a fine point, nearly long enough to reach to the hock. Carriage straight or curving slightly upward, nearly level with back.

LIMBS

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FOREQUARTERS

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KC
Shoulders fine at points, deep and sloping well back. Forelegs straight and sinewy having plenty of bone, with elbows free, well let down and not inclined either in or out.
UKC
Chest deep, reaching approximately to the elbow, rather narrow in front with moderate forechest. Shoulder blades long and sloping well back, fairly close together at the tips.

Shoulder

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FCI
Fine at the point, deep and sloping well back.

Elbow

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FCI
Free and well let down, not turned in or out.

FORELEGS

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UKC
Straight and sinewy, with good bone. Elbows move freely. Pasterns are strong and very slightly sloping.

Forearm

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FCI
Straight and sinewy, well boned.

FEET

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KC
Small, very firm; toes strong, close together and arched.
UKC
Feet rather small, very firm. Toes arched and close.

Forefeet

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FCI
Small, very firm, toes strong, arched and close together.

Hind feet

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FCI
See Forefeet.

HINDQUARTERS

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FCI
Wide and powerful.
Hindlegs: Long and muscular from hip to hock; from hock to heel short and strong.
KC
Wide and powerful. Hindlegs from hip to hock long and muscular, from hock to heel short and strong. Stifle and hock joints well bent and not inclined either in or out.
UKC
Hindquarters should be wide and powerful with broad, well developed thighs.

Stifle

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FCI
Well bent

HIND LEGS

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UKC
Hind legs long and muscular from hip to hock, short and nearly perpendicular from hock to ground; well angulated at stifle and hock joints, which like the elbows, incline neither in nor out.

Hock

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FCI
Turned neither in or out.

GAIT / MOVEMENT

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FCI
Free flowing, driving movement; head held high. Forelegs reaching well ahead but carried low. Hindquarters drive smoothly with great power. Crossing or weaving of legs unacceptable.
KC
Free flowing, driving movement with true action when viewed from front or rear, and in profile, showing perfect co-ordination.
UKC
At a trot the gait is big, lively, efficient and graceful, with a high head. The hindquarters drive smoothly with great power. The forelegs reach well ahead as if to pull the ground. Crossing over or weaving is objectionable.

COAT

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HAIR

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FCI
On head, front of legs, and tips of ears, short and fine; on other parts of body and legs moderate length, flat and as free as possible from curl or wave. Feather on upper portion of ears long and silky; on back of fore and hind legs long and fine; fair amount of hair on belly, forming fringe which may extend onto chest and throat. Feet well feathered between toes. Tail having fringe of moderately long hair, decreasing in length as it approaches the point. All feathering straight and flat.
KC
On head, front of legs and tips of ears, short and fine; on all other parts of body and legs of moderate length, flat and as free as possible from curl or wave. Feathers on upper portion of ears long and silky; on back of fore- and hindlegs long and fine. Fair amount of hair on belly, forming a nice fringe which may extend on to chest and throat. Feet well feathered between toes. Tail to have fringe of moderately long hair decreasing in length as it approaches point. All feathering to be as straight and flat as possible.
UKC
Short and fine on head, front of legs and tips of ears. On the rest of the body and back of legs, it is of moderate length and flat, as free as possible from curl or wave. Feathering long and silky on ears and long and fine on back of legs, and a nice fringe on belly that extends to brisket and chest.

COLOUR

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FCI
Rich chestnut with no trace of black; white on chest, throat, and toes; or small star on forehead or narrow streak or blaze on nose or face not to disqualify.
KC
Rich chestnut with no trace of black. White on chest, throat, chin or toes, or small star on forehead or narrow streak or blaze on nose or face not to disqualify.
UKC
Rich chestnut red or mahogany, with no trace of black. A small amount of white on the chest, throat or toes not to be penalized. However, the smaller amount of white, the better.

SIZE

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UKC
The ideal is 27 inches and 75 pounds for the males, and 25 inches and 65 pounds for females. Overall balance and proportion is more important than size, though variances of more that one inch up or down are discouraged.

Height at withers

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FCI

Males 23 ins (58 cm) to 26.5 ins (67 cm).
Female 21.5 ins (55 cm) to 24.5 ins (62 cm).

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.
Any dog clearly showing physical or behavioural abnormalities shall be disqualified.
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.

DISQUALIFYING FAULTS

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UKC
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.