FCI - Standard No. 120 / 02. 04. 2001 / GB
IRISH RED SETTER
COUNTRY OF ORIGIN: Ireland.
DATE OF PUBLICATION OF THE ORIGINAL VALID STANDARD: 13.03.2001.
UTILIZATION: Gun dog and family dog.
Group 7 Pointing Dogs. Section 2 British and Irish
Pointers and Setters.
Section 2 British and Irish
Pointers and Setters.
SUMMARY: 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.
GENERAL APPEARANCE: Racy and athletic full of quality, kindly in expression. Balanced and in proportion.
BEHAVIOUR/TEMPERAMENT: Keen, intelligent, energetic, affectionate and loyal.
HEAD: Long and lean, and not coarse at the ears. Muzzle and skull of equal length and on parallel lines.
NECK: Moderately long, very muscular, not too thick, slightly arched, no tendency to throatiness.
Proportionate to size of dog.
TAIL: Moderate length, proportionate to size of body, set on rather low, strong at root, tapering to fine point. Carried level with or below back.
FEET: Small, very firm, toes strong, arched and close together.
GAIT/MOVEMENT: 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.
HAIR: 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.
COLOUR: 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
FAULTS: 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.
NOTE: Male animals should have two apparently normal testicles fully descended into the scrotum.