The Midlands Irish Setter Society was founded in 1981 as a new regional club for Irish Setter exhibitors in the midlands. Initially we ran companion shows and matches and other social events. The Kennel Club granted the society recognition in 1982 and we were able to hold two open shows a year. Our first open show was judged by Maureen Hurll and held at the Archbishop Grimshaw school, Solihull. In 1986 we were granted championship show status, and since then have run one championship and one open show annually.

The committee has comprised an average of 15 members including officers and our president. Our first president was the late Miss Sybil Lennox, who was also a founder member.

Over the years the club has organised talks, seminars and a sponsored walk in aid of the health fund.

We celebrated our 25 year anniversary at the championship show in 2007, which included a parade of champions.

The society will continue to work to meet the needs of its many members, exhibitors and supporters into the future.

The Society..

Midlands Irish Setter Society - Code Of Ethics

All members of the Midlands Irish Setter Society undertake to abide by its general Code of Ethics:


Club Members..

1.Will properly house feed water and exercise all dogs under their care and arrange for appropriate veterinary attention if and when required.

2. Will agree without reservation that any veterinary surgeon performing an operation on any of their dogs which alters the natural conformation of the animal or who carries out a caesarean section on a bitch, may report such operation to The Kennel Club.

3. Will agree that no healthy puppy will be culled. Puppies which may not conform to the Breed Standard should be placed in suitable homes.

4. Will abide by all aspects of the Animal Welfare Act. 

5. Will not create demand for, nor supply, puppies that have been illegally docked.

6. Will agree not to breed from a dog or bitch which could be in any way harmful to the dog or to the breed. 

7. Will not allow any of their dogs to roam at large or to cause a nuisance to neighbours or those carrying out official duties.

8. Will ensure that their dogs wear properly tagged collars and will be kept leashed or under effective control when away from home. 

9. Will clean up after their dogs in public places or anywhere their dogs are being exhibited. 

10. Will only sell dogs where there is a reasonable expectation of a happy and healthy life and will help with the re-homing of a dog if the initial circumstances change. 

11. Will supply written details of all dietary requirements and give guidance concerning responsible ownership when placing dogs in a new home. 

12. Will ensure that all relevant Kennel Club documents are provided to the new owner when selling or transferring a dog and will agree, in writing, to forward any relevant documents at the earliest opportunity, if not immediately available.

13. Will not sell any dog to commercial dog wholesalers, retail pet dealersor directly or indirectly allow dogs to be given as a prize or donation in a competition of any kind. Will not sell by sale or auction Kennel Club registration certificates as stand alone items (not accompanying a dog).

14. Will not knowingly misrepresent the characteristics of the breed not falsely advertise dogs or mislead any person regarding the health or quality of a dog.