WORKING STYLE OF THE IRISH RED SETTER
as developed by the Irish Red Setter Club and approved by the Irish Kennel Club and F.C.I. (Standard No. 120)
Height at withers
Males 23ins (58 cm) to 26.5 ins (67 cm)
Female 21.5ins(55 cm) to 24.5 ins (62 cm)
|As Irish Setters
were originally bred as partridge and grouse dogs, their style of hunting these
birds may be taken as the norm.
In their quest there must be an intensity that gives purpose to the hunt for game. The concentration on the job at hand should be evident in every stride and movement. The co-operation with the handler is part of that concentration and should not interfere with the quest for game.
In the gallop the head is carried above the line of the back, the line of the muzzle always parallel to the ground. The gallop is fast, flowing, free of obvious effort. The line of the
On finding game Irish Setters shorten, taking a few tight casts in the cone of the scent before drawing forward to set. From once they wind game to the set, some tail action is seen. The body lowers at the back and stays high at the shoulder and head as they sift the wind for the exact location of their birds. The ears are expressive, being well up and forward on the head as they approach game.
The attitude in roading must be very intense and concentrated. The head remains well up in the air to control the film of scent, muzzle parallel to the ground, the shoulder blades exposed over the line of the back and the tail carried rigidly, arched towards the earth. Any tendency towards stickiness is a grave fault.
Irish Setters are fast, wide rangers. They use the ground with intelligence and precision, breaking their casts as they check the wind for the faintest taint of game. Should it be unfounded they resume their cast with urgency. The depth between the casts should be moderately open depending on the conditions on the day.
The Irish Championship for Pointers and Setters - Roll of HonourRecords show that between 1958-2004, this trial (on grouse) has been won by Irish setters 20 times, by an Irish Red & White setter once, by Pointers 18 times and English setters four times.