Each dog owner seeks to produce individuals whose characteristics are as close to the standard as possible. Obviously, to achieve such a result, it is necessary to select manufacturers with optimal somatic and functional characteristics for a given breed.
In addition, it is necessary to check the documents for ancestors, to study X-rays, which should not be signs of hip dysplasia. Observance of these principles when working on breeding dogs will inevitably bring good results within a reasonable time. But still, we should not forget that nature has its own ways and that the breed cannot be improved in any year.
A standard means an accurate description of the ethnic characteristics of a particular breed or a portrait of its typical representative. The English Setter is a very obedient and executive dog with a highly developed hunting instinct.
Growth is average. Height at withers is 56 - 62 centimeters for males and 54 - 60 centimeters for bitches. Weight ranges from 20 to 30 kilograms. The modern standard of the English setter is a dog that combines strength and grace in itself without being too massive. The head is long and dry, with a distinct transition from forehead to nose. The lips are well defined, the lower lip does not go beyond the lower jaw.
The nose is moist, large, wide and shiny black or dark chestnut color. The length of the skull is equal to the length of the muzzle. The ears are low at the level of the zygomatic arch. The eyes are dark hazel color, large, shiny, with a kind and intelligent expression. The length of the neck is equal to the length of the head. Neck muscular, thin and without dewlap. The body is longer than the height at the withers. The chest is open, wide with well developed muscles.
The tail is high, it is thick and large at the base and gradually tapers towards the tip. Limbs strong and muscular. The hips of the hind limbs are wide and well developed. Paws are oval with arched toes tightly pressed together. Soles are solid and powerful. The coat is thin and smooth. Hair hair straight, without any deviations from its axis along its entire length, which is 5-6 centimeters.
The hair on the head is short, with the exception of the outer surface of the auricle and the lateral surfaces of the forearm and metatarsus. Wool does not form a thick fringe at the lower edge of the neck, the back of the limbs, buttocks and tail. The color of wool varies from white to black with the transition to blue, white and orange, or white and chestnut in the flesh to 3 color options. See photos of English Setter breed.