FCI Standard English


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

Facial Region

Muzzle : Clean and square
Jaws : Jaws of equal or nearly equal length.
Teeth : 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.


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


Strong and muscular.
Back : To be very muscular and powerful.
Chest : Deep, with well sprung ribs.


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.


Legs well muscled and sinewy; strong bone.

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

Hindquarters :
Wide and powerful; hind legs from hip to hock long and muscular.
Stifle : Well bent.
Hock : Well let down, turning neither in nor out. From hock to heel of moderate length and strong.
Feet : Close-knit with plenty of feathering between toes.


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 front or rear forelegs and hind legs below the hock joint moving perpendicularly to the ground, no crossing or weaving of legs, front or back.


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.


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.


Desirable height at withers : Dogs 24 ½ - 26 ins. (62 – 66 cm) Bitches 22 ½ - 24 ins. ( 57 – 61 cm)


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.

Sevre Fault

Any dog or bitch not conforming to the height standard.

Eleminating 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 Any dog clearly showing physical or behavioural abnormalities shall be disqualified. N.B. : Male animals should have two apparently normal testicles fully descended into the scrotum.