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Llewellin Setter
Other names Lewellin Setter





Related to the English Setter, the Llewellin's silky coat is mostly white with black and usually brown specks. Its coat is of a medium length and as it gets older is fur begins to curl near the shoulder and neck. The hair behind the legs and on the tail will also continue get longer in length as the dog ages. Smaller than most breeds of Setter, the Llewellin is generally 21-25 inches (56-60 cm) tall and 33-37 inches (86-70 cm) long.


This breed of dog is very affectionate and loves to play. They enjoy human company and get along well with children and adults as well with other dogs and cats. Not naturally aggressive, Llewellin Setters are extremely intelligent. Energetic, this breed will require some exercise daily. This dog's main purpose in life is to find and point upland game birds and then retrieve. How the dogs are handled as pups contributes to the resulting tempermant of the dog like all dogs. However, this breed is naturally a "gentleman's" dog and is very affectionate.


Llewellin Setters can be healthy dogs when looked after. Some bloodlines like the imported Dashing Bondhu line that was personally developed by Mr. Llewellin for 50 years is reported completely clean of any genetic faults. Other strains may have


The name Llewellin Setter is given to a certain breed of Setters bred by R.L. Purcell Llewellin to be perfect for foot hunting and early field trials. The breed was very successfully advertised even though losing to Joe, Jr. in the great match race between the Cambell (George M. Cambell of Springhill, Tennessee) native English Setter strain and the blue blooded Llewellin Setter Gladstone of an American strain of Llewellin Setter.

Because of the major change in American field trials to big, wide running field trials their field trail performance began to decline against the bigger running pointers after 1914 when pointer Commanche Frank won the National Bird Dog Championship. But the obsession with the Llewellin breed as champion foot hunting bird dogs and excellent family companions occurs at the same time pointers began to dominate wide ranging field trials.

The Llewellin Setter breed is making a huge comeback with the loss of large areas to hunt, leaving hunters the need for a closer ranging hunting dog and family companion.

There are basically three lines of Llewellin Setters recognized today. They are the group of "American Llewellins" know as the Blizzard, Roycelle, Gladstone, Bomber, Tony'O, developed from lines of early English imports from the late 1800s and early 1900s that were mainly developed by American field trial breeder's. The second is the "Dashing Bondhu" line developed personally by R.L. Purcell Llewellyn himself for 50 years and with William Humphrey also in England for 38 more years in England and Fr. Brannon in Ireland for another 30 plus years. These were not imported to America until the 1960s and 80s. The breeding of these pure Dashing Bondhus in America resulted in producing the most famous of all Llewellin Setters known today. The famous "Henry Prince of Paws", aka "Hank" fame of the Outdoor Life Network 'OLN' Channel series known as "Hunting with Hank". Hank was just recently entered into the Bird Dog Foundation Hall of Fame.


National Llewellin Setter Association, International Progressive Dog Breeders' Alliance, Mountain View Llewellin Kennel,


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