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Welcome To The Irish Setter Breeders Club Official Website
Ist Time New Members Join For FREE!! (GB & NI Only)

We hope you will find interesting information about the Irish Setter here as well as links to other useful sites including the Irish Setter Rescue & Rehome


Come on in, join our Club!

If you are a resident in GB or Northern Ireland and you are a first time new member you can now join ISBC for FREE for the 1st year as long as you complete a membership form and set up a Standing Order for future subscriptions which are from 1st January to 31st December each year

The current rates are £12 single and £13 Joint per year.

As a member you will receive two informative newsletters per year, plus our world famous yearbook. If you are involved in the showing community your entries to our shows will also be slightly cheaper.
If you’re not already a member why not join us? Our purpose as a club is to promote the health and welfare of our beautiful breed and to support their owners and breeders in that endeavour.

So if you are an owner or even just a lover of Irish Setters, you’d be most welcome to join our club. We have hundreds of members throughout the UK, Europe and the rest of the world.
Join us now to receive the current yearbook.

Just print off one of the application forms and send to our membership secretary Chris Sheldon. We look forward to welcoming you into our setter family.

Advice On Buying Puppies In This Pandemic

During the pandemic, there has been an increase in puppy buying. If you are buying an Irish Setter, you should take your time and do proper research. The Kennel Club has launched a #BePuppywise (search for this on the site) campaign which can be found at The Kennel .If you are buying an Irish Setter puppy, it is recommended that you should get a Kennel Club Registered puppy from a reputable breeder. A reputable breeder will have an understanding of breed lines and health conditions and will provide information and support throughout the lifespan of the dog. Any litters due, can be found on Irish Setter UK & Ireland website which is a reputable site with vetting of the breeders who list their puppies. If the puppy is not Kennel Club Registered, then the breeding may be dubious and should be questioned. An Irish Setter puppy should be seen with its mother and the Health Tests in respect of PRA RCD 1 & 4 and CLAD should be available. Also, Hip Scores of the parents are usually provided. The price per puppy has more than doubled since the pandemic began and so before anyone parts with the current high price of more than £2500 for a puppy that is currently being advertised on various commercial websites, then they should feel satisfied that their puppy meets the KC recommendations, has been well reared and that support will be provided by the breeder for all of the puppy’s lifespan.

If you feel that you need any further advice, please contact any ISBC Committee Member or our Secretary Mrs Diane McDonald on 01889 505774

AGM Latest News

Following our recent “Zoom” committee meeting the Officers and Committee of The Irish Setter Breeders Club wish to inform all of our members that in light of the ongoing Covid-19 situation, we have taken the decision following government and  KC guidlines to postpone our 2020 AGM untill 2021. This meeting was originally scheduled to take place in May 2020. The 2021 meeting will be two-fold with the 2020 meeting held on the same day as the 2021 meeting. There will be a short break between the the two AGM`s with the 2020 meeting being held first followed by the 2021. We wish you all well over the coming months and look forward to seeing you at our future AGM in 2021. Further information will be posted later regarding the proposed date in 2021.

Latest News On The ISBC Combined Championship and Open Show Due To Be Held On 28th November 2020

Following our committee meeting today (16/08/2020) the Officers and Committee of The Irish Setter Breeders Club regret to inform all of our members and interested parties that in light of the ongoing Covid-19 situation we have taken the difficult decision to cancel our indoor Championship and Open show scheduled to take place on Saturday 28th November 2020 at the Ladywood Building Newark Showground. This decision has been made in light of current Government and Kennel Club guidance and local issues with Covid-19 at present. Whilst this decision is very difficult to make, the health and safety of our exhibitors, judges, spectators and committee members must take priority. We wish you all well over the coming months and look forward to seeing you all at our events in 2021. Further information will be posted later regarding our future show/event dates for 2021.

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Buying A Puppy During The Pandemic Advice. Click Here For Details

Sad News Announcement Gaye O`Connor. Click Here For Details

Calendar 2021 Competition Results and Preview.  Click Here For Details

Latest News On The 2020 AGM.Click Here For Details

Championship and Open Show 28th Nov 2020 Cancelled.Click Here For Details

Kennel Club Judges Training Quick Link To All Information. Click Here For More Details


Kennel Club requirements and elegibility for open show judges 2021 as stated in their press release 24th February. Click Here For More Details

Kennel Club changes name of JCF to Judges Education Programme (Breed Clubs) as stated in their press release 5th June 2020. Click Here For More Details

Kennel Club Statement on Covid 19 Strongly Advising Cancelling Shows Until End Of September. Click Here For Details

NEW 1st Time Membership Of ISBC FREE!! (GB & NI Only).Click Here For Details

Unsolicited Statement from the Irish Setter Breeders Club regarding The Charitable Trust & Rescue Scheme 29/08/19. Click Here For More Details

Championship Show Lists 2020 & 2021 Click Here For More Details

Joint Irish Setter Breed Clubs (July 2020) Judges List Published Click Here For More Details

Reviewed ‘Grandfather Rights’ Announced For Established Judges Click Here For More Details

Kennel Club 27th Feb:-New changes announced to the joint breed clubs judging criteria take a look: Judging Criteria 2020 Click Here

Latest From The Kennel Club:- Code of Best Practice Updated For Breed Appreciation Days and Multiple Choice Exams. Click Here For More Details

Judges requirements and eligibility announced JEP.The Kennel Clubs latest news . Click Here-JEP Update (February 2020)

Joint Irish Setter Breed Clubs Judging List Questionnaire (Updated 2020 Version) Click Here For More Details

Forthcoming Events
ISBC Championship Show- New Date 28/11/2020
AGM 2020 - To be scheduled
Gaye O`Connor 29/08/2020

It is our very sad duty to report the passing of our committee member Gaye O`Connor. Please see below some tributes from her friends. Our sincere condolences go to her husband Eamonn and sister Wendy.


It was with great sadness that I learned of the passing of my friend and fellow setter enthusiast, Gaye O’Connor, at an age when she should have been enjoying a well earned retirement with her husband of 42 years, Eamonn. Gaye had grown up with dogs as her mother bred Rough Collies so it was a natural progression that Gaye, in turn, should devote herself to breeding and showing dogs although, of course, she chose Irish Setters as well as Irish Red & White Setters and miniature poodles. There were also pedigree cats.Gaye had her first Irish Setter in 1973 and began her show career the following year, joining the Irish Setter Breeders’ Club in 1977 and building her knowledge of dogs and dogdom to become a well known character in the show world, not only breeding good dogs but judging and active participation in both Open and Championship show management. In her professional life, Gaye was an English teacher and she had a lifelong appreciation of the literary “greats” witnessed by the fact that many of her dogs were named as characters from Shakespeare, Austen, Hardy and the Brontes. Two such were Caispern Polonius (William) retained by Gaye and Caispern Lorenzo, (Louie) owned by Helen Cohen. Both these dogs won CCs as did several other dogs that Gaye bred and exhibited. Gaye exported quality dogs to the USA and to Europe and had many friends both here and abroad. Her judging career meant that she awarded CCs in both the Irish Setter breeds and she judged abroad on several occasions. Gaye was a vibrant personality and the show world will be the poorer for her passing and I’m sure you will join me in sending deepest condolences to Eamonn and to Gaye’s sister, Wendy.

Gloria Horrocks- Irish Setter Breeders Club

In late 1980s and 1990s Eamonn and Gaye regularly exhibited their dogs on the Southern Irish Show Circuit, whilst also visiting Eamonn’s family. Gaye welcomed newcomers to The Circuit with open arms, invited them to social events, and this warm reception by Gaye and Eamonn will always be well remembered by many first time exhibitors.We passed many hours discussing secondary level state education. She taught English for many years. Gaye entertained her audiences with sympathetic,often amusing, tales of life in the classroom. If you asked Gaye for an opinion on any subject you could guarantee a straightforward ‘no holds barred’ honest, direct response.Therefore she was highly regarded by all who knew her. Gaye was well liked and admired by all who knew her.  She always had a shine and sparkle about her. When I think of Gaye I think of brightness, light, a vibrant colour.Someone who loved life, laughter and fun.

Adrienne Callister-Irish Setter Breeders Club

It is with great sadness that I have to report the passing of Gaye O’Connor, Caispern Irish Setters and CaispernIrish Red & White Setters, after a devastating short illness.Gaye was a good friend to many of us and a fellow exhibitor.As a youngster she was no amateur in the world of show dogs as her mother had bred and shown Rough Collies. Gaye started out in IRWS in the mid 1990s with an Ardbraccan bitch bred by Trudy Walsh and went on to make up an Irish Champion and she also bred SH CH Caispern Roddy Owen at Oldestone owned by David and Val Wade. Gaye’s stock was also the foundation for a number of other successful IRWS lines. Gaye was without doubt the backbone of the Irish Red & White Setter Club of Great Britain, a long serving committee member she was also Chairman of the club for two years. She was also on the Rescue sub-committee and always ready to help an IRWS in need. Gaye was a member of our Breed Education Sub Committee and led the development of the recent Multiple Choice Question paper for the then JCF. She delivered Breed Specific Seminars in an informative,amusing and professional way, a product of her teaching background. Gaye was also our well organised show manager.Gaye’s first love was Irish Setters, she started out in the mid 70sbreeding a number of ticket winners and Irish Champions, shown in the main either by Gaye or owned and shown by her good friend Helen Cohen who showed Gaye’s breeding in both IRWS and IS.Helen is still showing one of Gaye’sCaispern Irish Setter boys. Gaye wasa committee member of the Irish Setter Breeders Club and their Assistant Show Secretaryand she was also the Secretary of Sutton Coldfield & DCS for over 20 years.Last year Gaye became a member of the Kennel Club. She was proposed by dog people completely out of our Setter breeds which shows the regard she washeld in the world of dogs in general and had enjoyed some lovely lunches there with friends.Gaye passing is a tremendous loss to our Club, her friends and family. Our deepest condolences go to her husband Eamonn and her sister Wendy.

Mary Blackwell Sherratt-  President Irish Red &White Setter Club of Great Britain

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Thank you to everyone who submitted outstanding photographs for our beautiful 2021 calendar competition. It was very difficult again this year to decide, and some close decisions had to be made.

The results are as follows:-

1st Place Winning £25 Petra Molnar

2nd Place Winning £15 Elise Jones

3rd Place Winning £10 Clare Winship

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