Irish Setter Breeders Club

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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.

Latest News On The ISBC 48th Championship Show 2021
Due to the ongoing situation and risk with Covid – 19 the committee took the decision to reschedule this show for August.
Details are now as follows:
29th August 2021 – Newark Lady Eastwood Hall
Judges – Dogs – Mrs Pat Butler-Holley (Change of Judge & subject to KC Approval)
Bitches – Mr J A Watt
The committee have also taken the decision to postpone our Summer Open Show which was due to take place on 11th July. It will now be held in conjunction with our Championship show at Newark on 29th August.
Judge Dogs/Bitches :- Miss Chloe Green
Entries Now Open
Year Books Have Now Been Posted !!
ISBC Members
It has come to our attention that there is an error in the ISBC 2020 Yearbook.
In all the Overseas Members’ listings, the email address no longer has the . where required in the latter part of the detail, ie domain name, eg (plus, any other . which appears in the address)
We have absolutely no idea how this corruption has occurred. The records in our database, held by Membership Secretary Christina Sheldon, are correct and were accurate when sent to us for the purpose of the listing.
The final document including this detail was checked by more than one person, before sending for print – but, regrettably, the error wasn’t noticed.
Somehow the file appears to have corrupted from one version to the final one used. (ie, this is not an error on the part of the yearbook designer or the printer)
All listings in the 2019 book were correct and, there were only 3 new Overseas members in 2020, so – should you need to check the correct email address, please refer to your 2019 Yearbook.
However, if you do require any information for any other overseas member – please do not hesitate to contact us.
Please accept our sincere apologies for this error – we can assure you it will be checked, and checked again, in the future.
With kind regards
Sandy Waterton & Paula Lucas
Yearbook co-editors
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 for an Irish Setter puppy from a reputable breeder can be anything as an average from £950-£1500. Before anyone parts with a very highly inflated price during this pandemic for an Irish Setter puppy (currently being advertised on various commercial websites) then they should feel satisfied that their puppy meets the KC recommendations, has been well reared, both parents have documented health tests, 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 –

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Sad News 13/07/2021:-
It is with great sadness that we report the passing of Michelle Webster (Hooley).

ISBC Championship Show 2021 . Unfortunately our dog judge Joan Kniveton, is unable to judge our championship show on 29th August.. The judge will now be Pat Butler-Holley (subject to KC approval).Our Show Is Now Open For Entries.Click Here For More Information

ISBC Open Show 2021 Now Open For Entries.Click Here For More Information

ISBC Summer Update 2021.Click Here For More Information

Sad News 08/06/2021:-
It is with great sadness that we report the passing of Willy Duijnkerke (Westerhuy).
Sad News 02/06/2021:-
It is with great sadness that we report the passing of June Walsh (Millcroft).

Latest (15/05/21) Championship Show List For 2021 and 2022 Click Here For More Details

KC Announcement For Crufts Qualification 2022.

Joint Irish Setter Breed Clubs (April 2021) Judges List Published Click Here For More Details

Irish Setter Rescue Walk Cancelled.Click Here For Details

AGM To Go Virtual!! Latest News On The 2020 and 2021 AGM(March).Click Here For Details

Joint Irish Setter Breed Clubs Judging List Questionnaire (Updated 2021 Version) Click Here For More Details

New changes announced to the joint breed clubs judging criteria take a look: Judging Criteria 2021 Click Here

ISBC Virtual Online Dog Show. Thank You All For Your Overwelming Support.  Click Here For Results

Sad News 14/11/2020:-
It is with great sadness that we report the passing of Audrey Gaydon (Eringold).
Sad News 12/11/2020:-
It is with great sadness that we report the passing of Sue Loynd (Crimbledale).

Buying A Puppy During The Pandemic Advice. 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

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

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

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)

Forthcoming Events

AGM 2020 and 2021 – 1st May

2021 Championship Show 29th August.

2020 Championship Show (Held in conjunction with Birmingham Show) 23rd September

Yes its that time again to get your lovely photo’s sent in for the ISBC & ISR&R Calendar 2022. Every year this wonderful calendar is well received and it is down to all you wonderful Irish Setter owners who make it possible. As before the proceeds of this calendar are split with Irish Setter Rescue & Rehome, so its all for a worthy cause. Prizes are for the best 3 photo’s with the overall winner also being on the front cover. Competition will run until end of July. So come on sort through your lockdown photo’s and send them into me at
I look forward to receiving them all.
Paula Lucas
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