Irish Red and White Setter

FCI standard Nº 330

Origin
Ireland
Group
Group 7 Pointing Dogs
Section
Section 2 British and Irish Pointers and Setters
Working
With Working Trial
Acceptance on a definitive basis by the FCI
Tuesday 06 June 1989
Publication of the official valid standard
Tuesday 19 April 2005
Last update
Wednesday 15 June 2005
En français, cette race se dit
Setter Irlandais Rouge et Blanc
Diese Norm ist in deutscher Sprache sichtbar
Irischer Rot-Weisser Setter
En español, esta raza se dice
Setter irlandés rojo y blanco
In het Nederlands, wordt dit ras gezegd
Ierse rood-witte Setter

Usage

Most acceptable companion and friend in the homes and the fields. The Irish Red & White Setter is bred primarily for the field. The standard as set out hereunder must be interpreted chiefly from this point of view and all Judges at bench shows must judge the exhibits chiefly from the working standpoint.

Brief historical summary

The Irish Setter probably came to its own at the end of the 17th century. It is not well known outside of Ireland that there are two breeds of Irish Setters, but is fairly certain, that the Red and White Setter is the older of the two, and that judicious selective breeding evolved the solid red colour. When Irish Setters came to the show benches, just past the middle of the 19th century, there was a good deal of confusion about their proper colour. By the end of the 19th century, the Red Setter had virtually eclipsed the Red and White, which became so rare, that they were thought to be extinct. During the 1920s, efforts were made to revive the breed. By 1944, the breed had re-established itself well enough to have a club of its own, and today it can be seen in healthy numbers at Irish shows and Field Trials. The present Club the Irish Red & White Setter Field & Show Society was formed in 1981 and through its endeavours and direction the breed is now well established nationally and internationally.
The Irish Red & White Setter competes successfully in Field Trials against the other pointing breeds and there are now quite a number of Field Trial Champions and Show Champions.

General appearance

Strong well balanced and proportioned without lumber; athletic rather than racy. The Irish Red & White Setter is bred primarily for the field and must be judged chiefly from the working standpoint.

Behaviour / temperament

Aristocratic, keen and intelligent. Displays a kindly, friendly attitude, behind which should be discernible determination, courage and high spirit. The Red and White Setter is very friendly, dependable and easily trained gundog.

Head

Cranial region

Head
Broad in proportion to the body.
Skull
Domed without showing occipital protuberance, as in the Irish Red Setter. 
Stop
Good Stop.

Facial region

Muzzle
Clean and square.
Jaws and teeth
Jaws of equal or nearly equal length. Regular teeth; scissor bite ideal; edge to edge bite acceptable.
Eyes
Dark hazel or dark brown; oval, with slight prominence and without haw.
Ears
Set level with the eyes, and well back, lying close to the head.

Neck

Moderately long, very muscular, but not too thick, slightly arched, free from all tendency to throatiness.

Body

Body
Strong and muscular.
Back
To be strong and well muscled.
Chest
Deep, with well sprung ribs.

Tail

Moderate length, not reaching below hock, strong at root. Tapering to fine point; no appearance of ropiness and carried level with or below the back.

Limbs

Well muscled and sinewy; strong bone.

Forequarters

Shoulders
Well laid back.
Elbows
Free, turning neither in nor out.
Forearm
Straight and sinewy, well boned.
Pastern
Strong.

Hindquarters

Generality
Wide and strong; hind legs from hip to hock long and muscular.
Stifle
Well bent.
Hock
Well let down, turning neither in nor out. From hock to foot of moderate length and strong.

Feet

Close-knit with plenty of feathering between toes.

Gait and movement

When moving at the trot long striding, very lively, graceful and efficient. Head held high, hindquarters drive smoothly and with great power. Forelegs reach well ahead and remain low. Seen from or rear forelegs and hindlegs below the hock joint moving perpendicularly to the ground, no crossing or weaving of legs, front or back.

Coat

Hair
Long silky fine hair called "Feathering" on the back of the fore and hind legs and on the outer ear flap, also a reasonable amount on the flank extending on to the chest and throat forming a fringe. All feathering straight, flat and free from curl but slight wave is permissible. The tail should be well feathered. On all other parts of the body the hair should be short, flat and free from curl.
Colour
Base colour white with solid red patches (clear islands of red colour), both colours should show the maximum of life and bloom; flecking but not roaning permitted around the face and feet and up the foreleg as far as the elbow and up the hindleg as far as the hock. Roaning, flecking and mottling on any other part of the body is objectionable.

Size and weight

Height at withers
Desirable Height at the withers : Dogs : 24,5 - 26 ins. (62 - 66 cm). Bitches : 22,5 - 24 ins. (57 - 61 cm).

Faults

• 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 its ability to perform its traditional work.
• Faults listed should be in degree of seriousness.

Serious faults

 Any dog or bitch not conforming to the height standard.

Disqualifying faults

 Aggressive or overly shy.
 Males not having two apparently normal testicles.
 Although flecking but not roaning is permitted around the face and feet and up the forelegs as far as the elbow and up the hindleg as far as the hock, visible and excessive roaning, flecking and mottling on any other part of the body is an eliminating fault.

NB :

• Any dog clearly showing physical or behavioural abnormalities shall be disqualified.
• The above mentioned faults when occurring to a highly marked degree or frequently are disqualifying.
• Male animals should have two apparently normal testicles fully descended into the scrotum.
• Only functionally and clinically healthy dogs, with breed typical conformation should be used for breeding.

Bibliography

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