Historical Interest –Edward Laverack 1872
THE ENGLISH SETTER
HEAD – Should be long and rather light, though not too much so. I do not like a heavy-headed or deep flued dog. Nose large, black, moist, cold and shining, slight depression in the centre, prominent and expanded at the nostrils. The nostrils should be open.
EYES – Eyes, bright, large, full, mild and intelligent and free from rheum or discharge, in colour dark hazel; but these will be darker or lighter according to the colour of the dog.
EARS – The ears are set low on the head, and flat to the cheeks; they should be rather long than otherwise; not too pointed and thin in the leather.
MOUTH – Jaws and teeth level.
NECK – The neck should be muscular and lean, slightly arched at the crest, and clean cut where it joins the head; towards the shoulder it should of course be larger and very muscular, not throaty, or any pendulosity below the throat, but elegant and bloodlike in appearance.
FOREQUARTERS – Should be well set back or very oblique the more so the better, blades of them long. The forearm big, very muscular, the elbow well let down. Pasterns short, muscular and straight.
BODY – Should be short and level in the back. Chest rather wide and deep in the brisket; with good round widely sprung ribs.
HINDQUARTERS – The loin broad, slightly arched, strong and muscular. Hips well bent and ragged, the more the better. The more bent the stifles the better. The thighs long, that is from hip to hock.
FEET – The feet very close and compact – hare or spoon shaped- well protected by hair between the toes.
TAIL – The tail should be set on high, in a line with the back, medium length not curled or ropey, 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 and silky,
COAT AND FEATHERING – From the back of his head in a line with his ears, the hair ought to be slightly wavy, long and silky, which should be with the coat generally. The forelegs down to the feet should be well feathered as well as in the breeches.
COLOUR AND MARKING – Colour black; or black and white ticked, similar with lemons.