1890 The Standard of 1890 - English Setter Club, England

Head should be long and lean, with a well-defined stop; the skull oval from ear to ear, showing plenty of brain room, and with a well-defined occiptal protruberance; the muzzle moderately deep and fairly square; from the top to the point of the the nose should be long, the nostrils wide, and the jaws of nearly equal length, flews not to be pendulous; the colour of the nose should be black or dark or light liver, according to the colour of the coat; the eyes should be bright, mild and intelligent, and of a dark hazel colour, the darker the better; the ears of moderate length, set on low, and hanging in neat folds close to the cheek; the tip should be velvety, the upper part clothed with fine silky hair.


Neck should be rather long, muscular, and lean, slightly arched at the crest, and clean cut where it joins the head; towards the shoulder it should be larger and very muscular, not throaty, or any pendulosity below the throat, but elegant and bloodlike in appearance.

Body should be of moderate length, with shoulders well set back or oblique, back short and level; loins wide, slightly arched, strong and muscular; chest deep in the brisket, with good, round, widely sprung ribs, deep in the back ribs - that is - well ribbed up.

Legs and Feet. Stifles well bent and ragged; thighs long from hip to hock; the forearm big and very muscular, the elbow well let down; pasterns short, muscular, and straight; the feet very close and compact, and well protected by hair between the toes.

Tail. The tail should be set on almost in a loine with the back; medium length, not curly or ropy, to be slightly curved or scimitar-shaped, but with no tendency to turn upwards, the flag or feather hanging in long pendant flakes; the feather should not commence at the root, but slightly below, and increase in length to the middle, then gradually taper off towards the end, the hair long, bright, soft & silky, wavy, but not curly.

Coat and Feathering: The coat from the back of the head, in a loine with the ears, ought to be slightly wavy, long and silky, which should be the case with the coat generally; the breeches and fore legs nearly down to the feet, should be well feathered.

Colour and Markings: The colour may be either black and white, lemon and white, liver and white, or tricolour - that is black, white and tan; those without heavy patches of colour on the body, but flecked all over, preferred.

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