RED SETTER – FCI STANDARD N° 120/02.04.2001
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OF THE ORIGINAL VALID STANDARD:
Gundog and family dog.
Group 7 Pointing Dogs.
Section 2 British and Irish Pointers and Setters.
With working trial.
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 organized 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.
Racy and athletic full of quality, kindly in expression.
Balanced and in proportion.
Keen, intelligent, energetic, affectionate and loyal.
Long and lean, and not coarse at the ears. Muzzle and
skull of equal length and on parallel lines.
Oval (from ear to ear), having plenty of brain room, and
with well defined occipital protuberance. Brows raised.
colour of the nose is dark mahogany, or dark walnut or
black, the nostrils wide.
Moderately deep and fairly square at the end. From the
stop to point of nose, long, flews not pendulous.
of nearly equal length.
hazel or dark brown ought not to be too large.
moderate size, fine in texture, set low and well back,
hanging in a neat fold close to head.
Moderately long, very muscular, not too thick, slightly
arched, no tendency to throatiness.
Proportionate to size of dog.
Deep chest, rather narrow in front, ribs well sprung,
leaving plenty of lung room.
Muscular and slightly arched.
Moderate length, proportionate to size of body, set on
rather low, strong at root, tapering to fine point. Carried
level with or below back.
Fine at the point, deep and sloping well back.
Free and well let down, not turned in or out.
Straight and sinewy, well boned.
Wide and powerful.
Long and muscular from hip to hock; from hock to heel
short and strong.
turned neither in or out.
Small, very firm, toes strong, arched and close together.
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
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
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
Height at withers :
Males 23 ins (58 cm) to 26.5 ins (67 cm).
Females 21.5 ins (55 cm) to 24.5 ins (62 cm).
Any departure from the foregoing points should be considered
a fault and the seriousness of the fault should be in
exact proportion to its degree.
Any dog clearly showing physical or behavioural abnormalities
shall be disqualified.
Male animals should have two apparently normal testicles
fully descended into the scrotum.