The same rude trimmed in british style.

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Irish Red Setter (Irish Setter)

FCI-Standard Nr. 120 / Gruppe 7






General appearance:

Racy and athletic full of quality, kindly in expression.  Balanced and in proportion.

Behaviour / Temperament:

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.


Well defined.


The 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.


Jaws of nearly equal length.


Scissors bite.



Dark hazel or dark brown ought not to be too large.


Of 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.

Upper profile:

from shoulder to tail gently and

straight sloping


Fine at the point, deep and sloping

well back.


Muscular and slightly arched.


Deep chest, rather narrow in front, ribs well sprung, leaving plenty of lung room..

Lower profile:

gently inclined, but straight.


Moderate length, proportionate to

size of body,

set on rather low, strong at root, tapering

to fine point. 

Carried level with or below back.



Straight and sinewy, well boned.


Free and well let down, not turned in or out.


Wide and powerful.


Long and muscular from hip to hock; from hock to heel short and strong.

Stifle and Hocks:

Well bent, turned neither in or out.


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.


Coat / 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.


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).

                                          Female 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.


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breed standard

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Setter rude not shorn (trimmed)


The above shown (and some more) informations about

irish setter breed standard are available at the following LINKS:


FCI standard at wikipedia:


Link to UK Kennel Club breed standard:


Link to Canadian Kennel Club breed standard:


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