Is wide, smooth, graceful, fast, neither nervous nor
impetuous but fluid and flexible around the ground. The back
remains horizontal seemingly motionless. The tail is
positioned in the extension of the spine, without stirring,
with a tendency to remain low, sickle-shaped. In turns, this
can work as a pendulum. Can vary in altitude in slowdowns.
Is positioned in the extension of the upper line or
slightly above this. In specimens that have a business
head-shaped "hammer", this defect becomes unsightly, but
can be offset by an excellent position of the neck. The
head is mobile and always in search of emanation, this
characteristic may cause changes in direction during the
Once the English Setter enters the field of an emanation,
his whole body is low and is even closer to the ground. Only
the head and nose remain high and above the vegetation.
Then takes up the cone of emanation, sometimes through a
fast step and sudden, as directly as possible, slowing its
speed, cautious and suspicious, but with the muscles
contracted by an extreme tension like a cat, trying through
this action creeping closer to the hunting. If he
notice the absence of hunting, he takes up his search and
his usual gallop. If however to verify the presence of
hunting, slow growing and is petrified at the stop, with the
expressive nose, eyes bright, her tail straight up following
the line of the kidneys, but higher and a little more arched
than in gallop.
If the increase in the emanation is delayed, the stop can be
high since the emanation is far from the dog. The contrary,
an emanation closer and lead to a sudden stop and very close
to the ground. The action cat observed particularly in open
terrain because the English Setter is afraid of being seen
by hunting. On the contrary, with a favorable wind in
vegetation sufficiently developed, the stop can be made up,
with the joints slightly bent.
It is one of the breed features. When the bird tries to
escape pedestrian (or after the stop order from the owner),
the English Setter follow it (or close to that)
outstanding concentrating all his will not to lose contact
to the bird as a cat.
Of medium height, clean in outline, elegant in
appearance and movement. The working English Setter may be
proportionally lighter in build.
Very active with a keen game sense.
Intensely friendly and good natured.
Head and Skull
Head carried high, long and reasonably lean, with well
defined stop. Skull oval from ear to ear, showing plenty of
brain room, a well defined occipital protuberance. Muzzle
moderately deep and fairly square, from stop to point of
nose should equal length of skull from occiput to eyes,
nostrils wide and jaws of nearly equal length, flews not too
pendulous; colour of nose black or liver, according to
colour of coat.
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
Moderate length, set on low, and hanging in neat folds
close to cheek, tip velvety, upper part clothed in fine
Jaws strong, with a perfect, regular and complete
scissor bite, i.e. upper teeth closely overlapping lower
teeth and set square to the jaws. Full dentition desirable.
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.
Shoulders well set back or oblique, chest deep in
brisket, very good depth and width between shoulder blades,
forearms straight and very muscular with rounded bone,
elbows well let down close to body, pasterns short, strong,
round and straight.
Moderate length, back short and level with good round
widely sprung ribs and deep in back ribs, i.e. well ribbed
Loins wide, slightly arched, strong and muscular, legs
well muscled including second thigh, stifles well bent and
thighs long from hip to hock, hock inclining neither in nor
out and well let down.
Well padded, tight, with close well arched toes
protected by hair between them.
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.
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 naturally high.
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.
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.
Height: dogs: 65-69 cms (251/2-27 ins); bitches: 61-65
cms (24-251/2 ins).
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 and its effect upon the health and welfare of the dog,
and on the dog’s ability to perform its traditional work.
Male animals should have two apparently normal testicles
fully descended into the scrotum.