for the whole range of setters was a long-grained white spotted dog (also
called "bird dog"), which can be seen on Holland paintings from the 15. and
16. century. The name "setter" is from the English "setting dog" because when
the dog sniffs, it usually sits or lies on the ground.
Setter is the fanciest and the slimmest from the whole range of setters. In
England the dog was used for hunting quails and partridges. Dead animals were
retrieved by other dogs (usually retrievers or Spanish dogs). The ancestors
of the English Setter were already hunting in the middle-age. The breed was
cultivated in the 18th century by reverend Harrison. From the 19th century,
the cultivation was continued by Edward Laverack and Purcell Llewellin.
information look for special literature.
Standard FCI since 7. 9. 1998
Number of standard: 2
DATE OF PUBLICATION OF THE ORIGINAL VALID STANDARD:
UTILIZATION: Pointing dog.
Group 7 Pointing Dogs.
Section 2.2 British and Irish Pointers and Setters.
With working trial.
GENERAL APPEARANCE: Of medium height, clean
in outline, elegant in appearance and movement.
BEHAVIOUR / TEMPERAMENT: Very active with a
keen game sense. Intensely friendly and good natured.
HEAD: Carried high; long and reasonably
Skull: Oval from ear to ear, showing plenty
of brain room; occipital protuberance well-defined.
Stop: Well defined.
Nose: Colour of nose black or liver,
according to colour of coat. Nostrils wide.
Muzzle: Moderately deep and fairly square,
from stop to point of nose should be equal to length of skull from occipit to
Lips: Not too pendulous.
Jaws/Teeth: Jaws strong and of nearly equal
length, with a perfect, regular and complete scissor bite, i.e. upper teeth
closely overlapping the lower teeth and set square to the jaws. Full
Eyes: Bright, mild and expressive. Colour
ranging between hazel and dark brown, the darker the better. In liver beltons
only, a lighter eye acceptable. Eyes oval and not protruding.
Ears: Moderate length, set on low, and
hanging in neat folds close to cheek, tip velvety, upper part clothed in fine
NECK: Rather long, muscular and lean,
slightly arched at crest, and clean cut where it joins head, towards shoulder
larger and very muscular, never throaty nor pendulous below throat, but
elegant in appearance.
BODY: Moderate length.
Back: Short and level.
Loin: Wide, slightly arched, strong and
Chest: Deep in brisket, very good depth and
width between shoulder blades. Ribs good round, widely sprung and deep in
back ribs, i.e. well ribbed up.
TAIL: Set almost in line with back, medium
length, not reaching below hock, neither curly nor ropy, slightly curved or
scimitar-shaped but with no tendency to turn upwards: flag or feathers
hanging in long pendant flakes. Feather commencing slightly below the root,
and increasing in length towards middle, then gradually tapering towards end;
hair long, bright, soft and silky, wavy but not curly. Lively and slashing in
movement and carried in a plane not higher than level of back.
Shoulders: Well set back or oblique.
Elbows: Well let down close to body.
Forearms: Straight and very muscular with
Pastern: Short, strong, round and straight.
HINDQUARTERS: Legs well muscled including
second thigh. Long from hip to hock.
Stifles: Well bent.
Hock: Inclining neither in nor out and well
FEET: Well padded, tight, with close well
arched toes protected by hair between them.
GAIT / MOVEMENT: Free and graceful action, suggesting speed and
endurance. Free movement of the hock showing powerful drive from
hindquarters. Viewed from rear, hip, stifle and hock joints in line. Head
HAIR: From back of head in line with ears
slightly wavy, not curly, long and silky, as is coat generally, breeches and
forelegs nearly down to feet well feathered.
COLOUR: Black and white (blue belton),
orange and white (orange belton), lemon and white (lemon belton), liver and
white (liver belton) or tricolour, that is blue belton and tan or liver
belton and tan, those without heavy patches of colour on body but flecked (belton)
all over preferred.
Dogs 65-68 cm (25,5-27 ins). Bitches 61-65 cm (24-25,5 ins).
NOTE OF THE STANDARD COMMITTEE: « Belton » is the customary term used
for the description of the distinctive coat-ticking of the English Setter.
Belton is a village in Northumberland. This expression has been created and
spread out by the book about the English Setter written by Mr. Edward
Lavarack, breeder who has had a preponderating influence upon the actual
appearance of the breed.
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.
N.B.: Male animals should have two
apparently normal testicles fully descended into the scrotum.