• Mar 19, 2019


The description of breed the Irish setter found reflection in the official standard.

FCI Standard of breed Irish red setter




Subgun and partner


Group 7. Cops.
Section 2. Island cops.


With tests of working qualities.

On a photo: Irish setter. Photo: wikimedia.org

BRIEF HISTORICAL INFORMATION: Irish Red Setter developed in Ireland as a working dog for hunting for a game. The breed is received from the Irish red and skewbald setter and an unknown dog of a continuous red color. It was clearly the defined type in the 18th century. The Irish Red Setter club was formed in 1882 to contribute to the development of breed. The club published the standard of breed in 1886 and held field tests and exhibitions to specify the standard on breed since then. In 1998. The club published style of work of breed. The standard and style of work — together they describe physical shape and working opportunities of breed.

Irish Red Setter developed over the years in the resistant, healthy, clever dog having excellent working inclinations and huge endurance.

GENERAL VIEW: The race dog athletically executed with kind expression. In proportion balanced.

BEHAVIOUR AND TEMPERAMENT: Acute, clever, vigorous, affectionate and devoted.

HEAD: Long and dry, but not rough between ears. Muzzle and cranium of equal length and parallel lines.

CRANIAL PART: A cranium oval between ears, having capacious brain department, and with well developed occipital hillock. Nadbrovny arches are expressed.

Transition from a forehead to a muzzle: It is well expressed.


Nose lobe: Color of a lobe of a nose dark brownish-red, either dark nut, or black, nostrils wide.

Muzzle: Moderately deep and with rather stupid sawn-off shotgun. From a change to a nose lobe tip long, bryl do not droop.

Jaws: Almost identical length.

Teeth: Nozhnitseobrazny bite.

EYES: Dark nut or dark brown, should not be too large.

EARS: The average size, a thin cloth, kzad, trailing, with an accurate fold are put low and closer, adjoin to the head.

NECK: Moderately long, very brawny, not really thick, slightly svodisty, without tendency to education a podbrudka.

BLOCK: It is proportional to growth of a dog (slanting length of a trunk is equal to height in withers).

Breast: Deep, quite narrow in front, edges well svodisty, leaving a lot of places for lungs.

Waist: Brawny and slightly convex.

TAIL: Average length, it is proportional to the body size, put quite low, strong in the basis, it is narrowed by the thin end. Remains at the level of a back or below.



Shoulders: Graceful on the ends, long and slanting.

Lokotki: Not connected in the movement, are located under a breast, are not substituted and are not turned out.

Front legs: Direct and sinewy, bony.

BACK PART: Wide and powerful.

Hind legs: Long and brawny from jobbers to insteps from a skakatelny joint to a heel short and strong.

Knees: With well expressed corners of joints.

Skakatelny joints: Are not turned neither inside, nor outside.

PAWS: Small, very strong, fingers strong, svodisty and in a lump.

MOVEMENTS: Free, smooth, with a push the head keeps highly. Front legs are taken out forward, but keep low. Back extremities are pushed freely with a big force. The recross of legs or a deviation from the rectilinear movements of extremities are inadmissible.


WOOL: On the head, front side of extremities and tips of ears short and thin on other parts of a body and legs of average length, adjacent it is also deprived of curls and waviness as far as possible. The Uborny hair on the top part of ears long and silky, on back side of front and hind legs long and thin enough wool on a stomach forming tows which can stretch for a breast and a throat. Paws with well developed decorating hair between fingers. On a tail there is a suspension from moderately long wool which is shortened by the end. All tows direct and falling.

COLOUR: Saturated chestnut without trace black white on a breast, a throat and fingers, or a small mark on a forehead, either narrow a protorank or a mark on a muzzle are not disqualification.


Height in withers: Dogs of 58 - 67 cm (23 - 26.5 inch.).

Boughs of 55 - 62 cm (21.5 - 24.5 inch.).

DEFECTS: Any deviation from the above-stated points has to be regarded as a shortcoming or defect depending on expressiveness degree.

NOTE: Dogs have to have two obviously normal testicles which are completely lowered in a scrotum.



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