Irish Setter: FCI breed standard
Description of the breed Irish Setter is reflected in the official standard.
FCI breed standard Irish Red Setter
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BRIEF HISTORICAL SUMMARY: The Irish Red Setter developed in Ireland as a working dog for hunting game. The breed was obtained from the Irish red-piebald setter and an unknown dog of a solid red color. It was a clearly defined type in the 18th century. The Irish Red Setter Club was formed in 1882 to promote the development of the breed. The club published the breed standard in 1886 and conducted field trials and exhibitions to clarify the breed standard since then. In 1998, the Club published the breed's work style. Standard and work style - together they describe the physical appearance and working capabilities of the breed.
The Irish Red Setter has evolved over the years into a stable, healthy, intelligent dog with excellent working inclinations and great stamina.
GENERAL APPEARANCE: A race-dog, athletically executed, with a kind expression. Proportionally balanced.
BEHAVIOR AND TEMPERAMENT: Insightful, intelligent, energetic, affectionate and faithful.
HEAD: Long and dry, not coarse between the ears. Muzzle and cranium of equal length and parallel lines.
CRANIAL REGION: The skull is oval between the ears, with a capacious cerebral region, and with a well-developed occipital protuberance. The superciliary arches are expressed.
Transition from forehead to muzzle: Well defined.
Nose: The color of the nose is dark brownish red, or dark hazel, or black, the nostrils are wide.
Muzzle: Moderately deep and with a rather blunt edge. From the fracture to the tip of the nose, it is long; the shots do not sag.
Jaws: Almost the same length.
Teeth: Scissor bite.
EYES: Dark walnut or dark brown, should not be too large.
EARS: Medium, thin web, set low and closer to the rear, hanging, with a neat fold, fit to the head.
NECK: Moderately long, very muscular, not very thick, slightly arched, with no tendency to form a bosom.
BODY: Proportional to the growth of the dog (oblique body length equal to the height at the withers).
Chest: Deep, fairly narrow in front, ribs well arched, leaving plenty of room for the lungs.
Loin: Muscular and slightly arched.
TAIL: Medium length, proportional to body size, set rather low, strong at the base, tapering to the thin end. Keeps at back or below.
Shoulders: Graceful at the ends, long and slanting.
Elbows: Not connected in movement, located under the chest, not framed and not twisted.
Forelegs: Straight and sinewy, bony.
BACK: Wide and powerful.
Hind legs: Long and muscular from the mocloc to the metatarsus, from the hock to the heel are short and strong.
Knees: With well-defined angles of the joints.
Hocks: Not turned neither in nor out.
FEET: Small, very strong, fingers strong, arched and in a lump.
GAIT / MOVEMENT: Loose, smooth, with a push the head is held high. Forelegs extend forward, but keep low. The hind limbs are pushed unhindered with great force. Cross-legs or deviations from the rectilinear movements of the limbs are unacceptable.
COAT: On the head, front side of the limbs and the tips of the ears, it is short and thin on other parts of the body and legs of medium length, snug and devoid of curls and waviness as much as possible. The dressing hair on the upper part of the ears is long and silky, on the back of the front and hind legs long and thin there is a sufficient amount of hair on the abdomen, forming fossils that can extend to the chest and throat. Paws with well-developed embellishing hair between the fingers. On the tail there is a suspension of moderately long wool, shortened to the end. All fringes are straight and falling.
COLOR: Saturated chestnut without a trace of black, white on the chest, throat and fingers, or a small mark on the forehead, or a narrow groove or mark on the muzzle are not a disqualification.
GROWTH OF THE IRISH SETTER:
Height at withers: Males 58 - 67 cm (23 - 26.5 in.).
Females 55 - 62 cm (21.5 - 24.5 in.).
DEFECTS: Any deviation from the above points should be regarded as a flaw or vice depending on the severity.
NOTE: Male animals must have two apparently normal testicles fully descended into the scrotum.