Another point of difference is the croup which in the Gordon is supposed
to be nearly flat, with loins short and broad, and not arched, with slight
slope to tailhead. English are to have loins strong and slightly arched.
Hipbones should be wide apart and without to sudden a drop to the root
of the tail. Only the Irish Setter is to have a top line which slopes slightly
downward, yet he should not have a sharp drop at the croup.
When discussing the hindquarters, the Gordon and English standards
settle for having them "well bent." The Irish standard speaks
of hind legs well angulated at stifle and hock joint.
The Hindquarters: The hind legs from hip to hock should be long,
flat and muscular; from hock to heel, short and strong. The stifle and
hock joints are well bent and not turned either in or out. When the dog
is standing with the hock perpendicular to the ground the thigh bone should
hang downward parallel to an imaginary line drawn upward from the hock.
The Tail: Short and should not reach below the hocks, carried
horizontal or nearly so; thick at the root and finishing in a fine point.
The feather which starts near the root of the tail should be slightly
waved or straight, having triangular appearance, growing shorter uniformly
toward the end. The placement of the tail is important for correct carriage.
If the croup is nearly flat, the tail is important for correct carriage.
If the croup is nearly flat, the tail must emerge nearly on the same
plane as the croup to allow for horizontal carriage. When the angle of
the tail bends too sharply at the first coccygeal bone, the tail will
be carried too gaily or will droop. The tail placement should be judged
in its relationship to the structure of the croup.