DATE OF PUBLICATION
OF THE ORIGINAL VALID STANDARD : 14. 06. 1987.
UTILIZATION : Pointing dog.
CLASSIFICATION F.C.I. : Group 7 Pointing Dogs.
Section 2.2 British and Irish Pointers and Setters; Setters.
With working trial.
GENERAL APPEARANCE : Stylish dog, with galloping lines.
Consistent with its build which can be compared to a weight-carrying
hunter. Symmetrical in conformation throughout.
BEHAVIOUR / TEMPERAMENT : Intelligent, able and
Bold, outgoing, of a kindly even disposition.
HEAD : Deep rather than broad. Length from occiput to
stop longer than
from stop to nose. Below and above eyes lean.
CRANIAL REGION :
Skull : Slightly rounded, broadest between ears. Broader
showing brain room.
Stop : Clearly defined.
FACIAL REGION :
Nose : Large, broad, nostrils open and black.
Muzzle : Long with almost parallel lines, neither
pointed nor snipey.
Muzzle note quite as deep as its length.
Flews : Not pendulous, clearly defined lips.
Jaws/Teeth : Jaws strong with a perfect, regular and
complete scissor bite,
i.e. upper teeth closely overlapping the lower teeth and set
square to the jaws.
Cheeks : As narrow as leanness of head allows.
Eyes : Dark brown, bright. Neither deep nor prominent,
set sufficiently under brows, showing keen, intelligent
Ears : Medium size, thin. Set low, lying close to head.
NECK : Long, lean, arched, without throatiness.
BODY : Moderate length.
Loin : Wide, slightly arched.
Chest : Not too broad. Brisket deep, ribs well sprung.
Back ribs deep.
TAIL : Straight or slightly scimitar, not reaching below
Carried horizontally or below line of back. Thick at root,
tapering to fine point. Feather or flag starting near root,
long, straight, growing shorter to point.
FOREQUARTERS : Forelegs flat boned, straight, strong.
Shoulders : Shoulder blades long, sloping well back,
wide flat bone,
close at withers, not loaded.
Elbow : Well let down and close to body.
Pastern : Upright.
HINDQUARTERS : From hip to hock, the hindlegs are long,
broad and muscular. From hock to heel short and strong.
Straight from hock joint to ground. Pelvis tending to
Stifles: Well bent.
FEET : Oval, close-knit, well arched toes, plenty of
hair betweeen. Well paded toes, deep heel cushions.
GAIT / MOVEMENT : Steady, free-moving and true, with
plenty of drive behind.
HAIR : On head, front of legs, tips of ears short and
fine; moderate length, flat and free from curl or wave on
all other parts of body. Feather on upper portion
of ears long and silky; on backs of legs long, fine, flat
and straight, fringes
on belly may extend to chest and throat. As free as possible
from curl or wave.
COLOUR : Deep, shining coal black, without rustiness,
of chestnut red, i.e. lustrous tan. Black pencilling on toes
and black streak
under jaw permissible.
Tan markings : Two clear spots over eyes not over 2 cms
(3/4 ins.) in diameter. On sides of muzzle, tan not reaching
above base of nose, resembling a stripe around clearly
defined end of muzzle from one side to other. Also on throat,
two large, clear spots on chest. On inside hindlegs and
inside thighs, showing down front of stifle and broadening
out to outside of hindlegs from hock to toes. On forelegs,
up to elbows behind, and to pastern joints or little above,
in front. Around vent. Very small white spot on chest
permissible. No other colour permissible.
SIZE AND WEIGHT :
Height at the withers :
Dogs 66 cm (26 ins.).
Bitches 62 cm (24 ½ ins.).
Dogs 29.5 kg (65 lbs).
Bitches 25.5 kg (56 lbs).
FAULTS : 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
Any dog clearly showing physical or behavioural
abnormalities shall be disqualified.
N.B. : Male animals should have two apparently normal
testicles fully descended into the scrotum.