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Is AISC associated with ISCA?

AmericasIrishSetterClub.com is not directly associated with the ISCA however AmericasIrishSetterClub.com supports the ISCA and their dedication the the Irish Setter breed through the years. The difference between AmericasIrishSetterClub.com and the ISCA is the fact AmericasIrishSetterClub .com REQUIRES our breeders to do all testing and record ALL testing results with OFA and CHIC to insure the health of the breed into the future.

What is the difference between the AISC and the ISCA?

The difference between AmericasIrishSetterClub.com and the ISCA is the fact AmericasIrishSetterClub .com REQUIRES our breeders to do all testing and record ALL testing results with OFA and CHIC to insure the health of the breed into the future.

Do you have any forums on the AmericasIrishSetterClub.com website?

Yes, we have several forums which you can participate in. They include Health, Breeding, Owner/Handler, Grooming, The National, and Rescue.

Is AmericasIrishSetterClub.com associated with the CHIC?

Yes. CHIC stands for the Canine Health Information Center. CHIC, is a centralized canine health database sponsored by the Orthopedic Foundation for Animals (OFA). CHIC, working with participating parent clubs, provides a resource for breeders and owners of purebred dogs to research and maintain information on the health issues prevalent in specific breeds by establishing a recommended protocol for breed specific health screening and recognizing dogs tested in accordance with that protocol.

Visit the CHIC website here.


FAQs Breeders

Do breeders who are members of AmericasIrishSetterClub.com take an oath?

Yes.  There is an oath breeders are required to take in order to become an approved breeder .  Our breeders ethical standards are monitored by AISC. You can see the oath here.

What is CHIC?

CHIC stands for the Canine Health Information Center. CHIC, is a centralized canine health database sponsored by the Orthopedic Foundation for Animals (OFA). CHIC, working with participating parent clubs, provides a resource for breeders and owners of purebred dogs to research and maintain information on the health issues prevalent in specific breeds by establishing a recommended protocol for breed specific health screening and recognizing dogs tested in accordance with that protocol.

Visit the CHIC website here.


FAQs Membership


FAQs Our Breed

What is the breed standard for the Irish Setter?

Official Standard for the Irish Setter


Approved by the American Kennel Club, August 14, 1990

The Irish Setter is an active, aristocratic bird dog, rich red in color, substantial yet elegant in build. Standing over two feet tall at the shoulder, the dog has a straight, fine, glossy coat, longer on ears, chest, tail and back of legs. Afield he is a swift-moving hunter; at home, a sweet natured, trainable companion.

At their best, the lines of the Irish Setter so satisfy in overall balance that artists have termed it the most beautiful of all dogs. The correct specimen always exhibits balance, whether standing or in motion. Each part of the dog flows and fits smoothly into its neighboring parts without calling attention to itself.

Size, Proportion, Substance

There is no disqualification as to size. The make and fit of all parts and their overall balance in the animal are rated more important. 27 inches at the withers and a show weight of about 70 pounds is considered ideal for the dog; the bitch 25 inches, 60 pounds. Variance beyond an inch up or down is to be discouraged.

Proportion - Measuring from the breast bone to rear of thigh and from the top of the withers to the ground, the Irish Setter is slightly longer than it is tall.

Substance - All legs sturdy with plenty of bone. Structure in the male reflects masculinity without coarseness. Bitches appear feminine without being slight of bone.

Head

Long and lean, its length at least double the width between the ears. Beauty of head is emphasized by delicate chiseling along the muzzle, around and below the eyes and along the cheeks.

Expression

Soft, yet alert. Eyes somewhat almond shaped, of medium size, placed rather well apart, neither deep set nor bulging. Color dark to medium brown. Ears set well back and low, not above level of eye. Leather thin, hanging in a neat fold close to the head, and nearly long enough to reach the nose.

The skull is oval when viewed from above or front; very slightly domed when viewed in profile. The brow is raised, showing a distinct stop midway between the tip of the nose and the well-defined occiput (rear point of skull). Thus the nearly level line from occiput to brow is set a little above, and parallel to, the straight and equal line from eye to nose.

Muzzle

Moderately deep, jaws of nearly equal length, the underline of the jaw being almost parallel with the top line of the muzzle. Nose black or chocolate; nostrils wide. Upper lips fairly square but not pendulous. The teeth meet in a scissors bite in which the upper incisors fit closely over the lower, or they may meet evenly.

Neck, Top-Line, Body

Neck moderately long, strong but not thick, and slightly arched; free from throatiness and fitting smoothly into the shoulders.

Top-line of body from withers to tail should be firm and incline slightly downward without sharp drop at the croup. The tail is set on nearly level with the croup as a natural extension of the top-line, strong at root, tapering to a fine point, nearly long enough to reach the hock. Carriage straight or curving slightly upward, nearly level with the back. Body sufficiently long to permit a straight and free stride. Chest deep, reaching approximately to the elbows with moderate fore-chest, extending beyond the point where the shoulder joins the upper arm. Chest is of moderate width so that it does not interfere with forward motion and extends rearwards to well sprung ribs. Loins firm, muscular and of moderate length.

Forequarters 

 Shoulder blades long, wide, sloping well back, fairly close together at the withers. Upper arm and shoulder blades are approximately the same length, and are joined at sufficient angle to bring the elbows rearward along the brisket in line with the top of the withers. The elbows moving freely, incline neither in nor out. Forelegs straight and sinewy, strong, nearly straight pasterns. Feet rather small, very firm, toes arched and close.

Hindquarters

Hindquarters should be wide and powerful with broad, well developed thighs. Hind legs should be long and muscular from hip to hock; short and perpendicular from hock to ground; well angulated at stifle and hock joints, which like the elbows, incline neither in nor out. Feet as in front. Angulation of the forequarters and hindquarters should be balanced.

Coat 

Short and fine on head and forelegs. On all other parts of moderate length and flat. Feathering long and silky on ears; on back of forelegs and thighs long and fine, with a pleasing fringe of hair on belly and brisket extending onto the chest. Fringe on tail moderately long and tapering. All coat and feathering as straight and free as possible from curl or wave. The Irish Setter is trimmed for the show ring to emphasize the lean head and clean neck. The top third of the ears and the throat nearly to the breastbone are trimmed. Excess feathering is removed to show the natural outline of the foot. All trimming is done to preserve the natural appearance of the dog.

Color

Mahogany or rich chestnut red with no black. A small amount of white on chest, throat or toes, or a narrow centered streak on skull not to be penalized.

Gait 

At the trot the gait is big, very lively, graceful and efficient. At an extended trot the head reaches slightly forward, keeping the dog in balance. The forelegs reach well ahead as if to pull in the ground without giving the appearance of a hackney gait. The hindquarters drive smoothly and with great power. Seen from the front or rear, the forelegs, as well as the hind legs below the hock joint, move perpendicularly to the ground, with some tendency towards a single track as speed increases. Structural characteristics which interfere with a straight true stride are to be penalized.

Temperament

The Irish Setter has a rollicking personality. Shyness, hostility or timidity are uncharacteristic of the breed. An outgoing, stable temperament is the essence of the Irish Setter.


FAQs Health

What health concerns should Irish setter breeders and owners be concerned about?

AmericasIrishSetterClub.com was started as a result of the need to improve the health and breeding practices of Irish Setters. There are several health issues associated with the breed. See the "Health" tab on the home page for more information.


FAQs The Winners

Does SeriousAboutDogs support Owner/Handlers?

Yes! AmericasIrishSetterClub.com honors those participate in the AKC Owner/Hanlded competition. Owner/Handlers are a critical part of the dog show world.


FAQs Rescue

Does AmericasIrishSetterClub.com have a rescue program?

Yes.

 
 

Here are some of our current dogs available for rescue.

The Irish Setter Rescue is a volunteer group of AISC members who diligently work to find new homes for displaced Irish Setters. Additionally, they strive to educate the public about the breed. Rescue is all about making sure that we as Irish Setter fanciers do everything possible to take responsibility for the well being of all Irish Setters. 

Where do rescue dogs come from?

Every year many Irish Setters, across the country, find themselves in need of new homes for a variety of reasons. Some of the circumstances are understandable and completely unavoidable, such as in the death of the owner. Some dogs come to us lost or abandoned.  Others because of the arrival of a new baby, a divorce, a new spouse, or a move over seas. These life changes usually are not a reflection on the dog.  While some dogs are relinquished by their former owners, Rescue also receives dogs of unknown origin from shelters. Whatever the reason, Irish Setter Rescue, works to turn the situation around to the best interest of the dog.
Good breeders take responsibility for the dogs they produce and take back dogs that are given up by owners for whatever reason. These breeders assess the dogs and place them in suitable new homes. But there are breeders who fail to act with integrity, selling puppies and severing contact with buyers, allowing Rescue to make up for their lack of responsibility when the dogs are no longer wanted.  

Do rescue dogs make good pets?

Yes!!!!! Many  handsome and incredible dogs are frequently hidden under matted, overgrown coats.  With grooming and attention each one makes an astounding transformation in spirit and appearance. They seem to know they are in good hands.  
It is commonly believed that all rescue dogs have been abused or neglected. For the most part this is not true.  As for those that actually have been abused or neglected, many new owners tell us that these dogs seem to understand their good fortune and respond by demonstrating an especially attentive and loving attitude.  

How does Irish Setter Rescue work?

Rescue dogs are available across the country. The Rescue effort is set up with volunteers and foster homes in each state, each case coordinated through Rescue's Regional Rescue Coordinators.  Dogs may be housed in a temporary foster home, remain with its original owner or live in a shelter while Rescue works to find a new home for the dog.  All dogs are screened for medical and temperament problems in order to insure that only sound, healthy dogs are placed.  Irish Setter Rescue will neither accept nor place any dog who is temperamentally unsafe or who has shown aggression towards people in the past.
An appropriate home for each dog is preferably sought locally.  If a rescue dog is not available in your area, transportation for a dog in another area may be possible.

More info on how rescue works:

  • Each Rescue dog is spayed or neutered before being placed
  • Rescue carefully screens for medical and temperament problems. Medical treatment is obtained as needed.
  • All vaccinations are brought up to date and if needed, heart worm testing is provided for each dog. Each dog is permanently ID'ed by microchip or tattoo.
  • Finally, each dog is bathed and groomed before going to it's new home.

Required Donation

We ask a donation be made to Irish Setter Rescue to help offset the necessary expenses for each dog. Spay or neuter expenses, vaccinations, heartworm treatment and other expenses can add up. Donations may vary depending on circumstances and age of the dog.

Any dog adopted may be returned at any time. Rescue carefully matches people with individual dogs, usually resulting in lifelong placement. If a dog placed by Rescue can not be kept, the dog must be returned to Irish Setter Rescue.

Some additional things to keep in mind before adopting an Irish Setter.....

It is important to remember that Irish Setters are Sporting Dogs that were bred to run and hunt birds. Adult Irish Setters need plenty of exercise and generally, younger dogs have a higher energy level. Be certain you are willing and able to accommodate this need. 

Irish Setters do not do well separated from "their people" and consequently do not do well as "outside only" dogs. For this reason, we require that all our rescue dogs be house dogs.

For more information refer to This is the Irish Setter page on this site.

To adopt a rescue dog 

  • Fill out the application for adoption . When your application is received it will be reviewed. 
  • Let rescue volunteers know if you are interested in obtaining more information on a dog listed on our site. Every effort is made to keep our listings current, but there may be additional dogs that have just become available. Please inquire. Please check with state rescue volunteers or regional rescue coordinators for more information.
  • After your application is reviewed and approved you will be notified when an appropriate dog becomes available for your consideration. You will be asked to sign a contract when adopting an Irish Setter Rescue dog.

FAQs Show Superintendents

Does AmericasIrishSetterClub.com have a list of dog show superintendents?

Yes. You can find links to show superintendents in the foot section of our HOME page. 


FAQs Training

Can AmericasIrishSetterClub.com help me with training my dog?

Yes, you can see a list of training videos here.  You can also visit our new forum on training.


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