Breed standard

FCI Standard no. 330 /15.06.2005/F

Irish red and white Setter

Translation into French: Prof. R. Triquet

Translation from the French text: Helena Dvořáková

Origin: Ireland

Date of publication of the effective standard: 19.04.2005

Use: It is a very friendly companion in household as well as in the field; the red and white Irish setter was bred especially to work in the field though. The standard, as it is published here, must be interpreted from this point of view and all judges must evaluate the exhibits with regard to their working standpoint.

F.C.I: Classification: Group 7 Setters (pointing dogs) Section 2 British and Irish setters, with working trial

Overall appearance: Strong, well balanced and proportioned appearance without lumber or coarseness. Rather athletic than racy. The red and white setter was bred especially to work in the field and its evaluation on exhibitions must be carried out with this respect.

Character / nature: It is an aristocratic, temperament and active dog; charming and friendly but also decisive, brave and hardworking.   The red and white setter is a gun dog specialised for hunting with guns; it works gently, with confidence and it is easily guidable.

Head: Broad in proportion to body.

Cranial region: Skull: Domed without significant occipital protuberance as seen in the Irish Red Setter.

Stop: a good stop. (Literary: a good stop)

Face region: Muzzle: squared, sharp.

Jews: upper and lower jaws of the same length or about the same length.

Teeth: regular teeth. Ideally with regular scissor bite. Edge to edge bite is acceptable.

Eyes: round, slight prominence and without haw. They are hazel or dark brown.

Ears: are set level with the eyes and well back, lying close to head.

Neck: is moderately long, very muscular, but not too thick, slightly arched and free from throatiness.

Body: strong and muscular.

Back: must be very muscular and powerful.

Chest: deep chest with well sprung ribs.

Tail: of medium length, not reaching below hock. It is strong at the root, tapering to fine point, with no appearance of ropiness. It is carried level with back or below.

Limbs: Limbs have strong bones and are muscular.


Shoulders: well laid back.

Elbows: straight-positioned, turning neither in nor out.

Forelegs: straight, strong with well-positioned bones.

Pastern: strong.

Hindquarters: Wide and powerful. Legs from hip to hock long and muscular.

Stifle: well bent.

Hock: well let down turning neither in nor out. Legs from hock to heel are medium-long and strong.

Feet: close-knit, well feathered between toes.

Gait: When moving at the trot long striding, very lively, graceful and efficient. The head is held high. Impulses coming from the back are regular and powerful. Forelegs legs reach well ahead but remain close to the ground. When viewed from both, the front and the back, legs move perpendicularly. The dog crosses or weaves neither the front nor the back legs.

Appearance: The coat is long and silky (feathering) on the on the back of front and back legs and outside of the ears. It starts under the belly in a reasonable amount, extending to the chest and throat. It forms feathering. The feathering should be straight, slight wave is permissible but it must not be curly. The tail is also feathered with long coat. Coat on the rest of body must be short and straight, without curls.

Colour: The base colour must be white with solid red patches. The white and red colours should be as strong as possible. Mottling or flecking but not roaning of the two colours is permitted around face and feet and up foreleg to elbow and up the hind leg to the hock. Coloured white and flecking on the rest of body is unacceptable and considered a disqualifying fault.

Height: Required height at the withers is: in dogs: 62 – 66 cm (24.5 – 26 inches) in female dogs: 57 – 61 cm (22.5 – 24 inches)

Faults: any departure from this standard must be considered a fault and must be penalised according to the seriousness.

Severe faults: height at the withers not conforming to the standard in both dogs and bitches.

Disqualifying faults: · Males showing aggression marks · Males not having two apparently normal testicles · Although flecking 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 considered a disqualifying fault.

NB: Males must have two apparently normal testicles fully descended into the scrotum.