|A distinct type of type of dog, called setters,
existed by the beginning of the eighteenth century; and not much later, there was a
recognizable variant peculiar to Ireland.
This Irish setter was bred by sporting gentleman for their own use and their main task was to search large areas for wild game. The work of an Irish setter is the same as that of a Pointer, English or Gordon setter, wether it is for field trials or shooting. They all hunt methodically and systematically to locate birds by scent, then point and ultimately "flush" them or put the birds to flight in such manner that they can be shot.
The scent of game birds is carried on air by the wind so a Setter must carry its head well up to pick up this scent and should never drop its nose to the ground and follow foot scent. When the dog scents the birds it should "freeze" on "point" and wait while the handler walks to it. The "guns" are then positioned on either side of the dog, which is then given permission to flush the birds. The "guns" must be moving with the handler and dog so they will be in a good position to shoot the birds. When the birds fly the dog must drop as flat as possible so they don't risk being harmed by the guns.
DESCRIPTION AND STANDARD OF POINTS OF THE IRISH RED SETTER
GENERAL APPEARANCE Must be racy, balanced and full of quality. In conformation, proportionate.
CHARACTERISTICS Most handsome and refined in looks, tremendously active with untiring readiness to range and hunt under any conditions.
EYES Dark hazel to dark brown, not too large, preferably like an unshelled almond in shape, set level under brows showing kind, intelligent expression
EARS Of moderate size, fine in texture, set on low, well back and hanging in a neat fold close to the head
HINDQUARTERS Wide and powerful. Hindlegs from hip to hock long and muscular, from hock to heel short and strong. Stifle and hock joints well bent and not inclined either in nor out.
FEET Small, very firm; toes strong, close together and arched.
MOVEMENT Free flowing,driving movement with true action when viewed from front and rear, and in profile, showing perfect coordination.
COLOUR AND MARKINGS Rich chestnut, with no trace of black. White on chest, throat, chin or toes, or a small star or a narrow streak or blaze on the nose or face not to disqualify.
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