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IRISH SETTER

IRISH SETTER

The English pattern entered in the FCI register under the number 120a (21. IX. 1964 r.)

This breed has been known since the early eighteenth century as a product of Irish breeding. It has gained immense popularity also outside its homeland. In our country - and maybe on the whole continent - he is the most popular representative of Setters.

The origin of this breed is unknown. It is believed, that its progenitor was a Scottish Setter crossed with unknown races. Although, this theory is not explained; today any admixture of black hair is unacceptable.

This breed stands out, if properly bred, high resistance, hardness and a very lively temperament. Temperament ten, especially in youth, requires special skills from a guide arranging a setter for field work. This breed is late maturing, but he equates this property with the surplus of his longevity, while retaining its vitality and temperament for many years, to old age.

General impression. A dog of a noble structure, with a friendly expression.

Head. In the cerebral part, it is long and slender, but not narrow or duckling, nor thick at the ears. Oval between the ears, roomy, with a pronounced occipital tumor. The supernal arches and the leading edge are clearly marked. Muzzle moderately deep and fairly angular at the end, long from the leading edge to the end of the nose; nostrils open. Upper and lower jaws of almost equal length. Lips not too pendulous. Dark-mahogany nose, dark hazelnut or black. Dark hazel or dark brown eyes. Unacceptable too much. Medium-sized ears, delicate, set low and far back, hanging in a graceful fold tightly against the head. Normal bite (neither undershot nor undershot).

Neck. Moderately long, very muscular, but not fat; gently curved, no trace of dewlap.

Torso. Proportional. Chest as deep as possible, rather narrow at the front. Ribs well sprung, provide plenty of space for the lungs. Muscular loins, gently arched.

Front limbs. The shoulder blades are slightly tipped, deep, overlapping obliquely and far back. Front legs straight and sinewy, with strong bones, free, low elbows without. tendency to twist outward or inward.

Hindquarters. The back is wide and strong. Hind legs long and muscular from hip to knee, short and strong from the knee to the heel. Knees and ankles well angulated, no tendency to twist outward or inward. Little paws, very strong, fingers strong, tightly closed and well arched.

Tail. Moderate length, proportional to the size of the torso, rather low set, strong at the root and tapering towards the end, possibly carried on or slightly below the level of the back.

Robe. Hair on the head, the front side of the limbs and at the tips of the ears, short and fine, moderately long on the body, flatly attached, not curly or wavy. The feathers on the top of the ears and on the back of the legs are long and silky. Abundant hair on the belly creates fringes, which extend to the chest and neck. On the feet, the feathers between the fingers. The tail is decorated with a nice feather of quite long hair, gradually shortening towards the end. All feathers and fringes are completely straight and flat.

Ointment. Juicy chestnut, no trace of black. White spot on the chest, neck or fingers and a small star on the forehead or a narrow stripe or arrow on the nose or forehead do not disqualify.