Llewellin Setter

The ancestors of the Llewellin Setter are the English Setters of old. An English breeder bred lines of English setters until a specific type was achieved. This breeder, named Llewellin, is said to be the originator of what we now call the Llewellin Setter. As with any breed of setter, the name is taken for the sitting stance it takes when it discovers game. This breed is known for its talents in tracking, hunting, retrieving, agility, pointing, and guarding. Llewellin Setters are not recognized by the American Kennel Club.

The Llewellin Setter is a thin, muscular dog, bred for endurance. The dog has long legs, a feathered tail, and a medium-sized muzzle. Ears fall just below the jaw, and the eyes are alert and expressive. The coat of the Llewellin is white with black spots. Some brown ticking can be seen throughout the coat. Personality: This breed of dog is calm and gentle. Llewellin's are friendly and mild mannered. Not a breed to sit on the sidelines, these dogs are happiest when they are with their people. They are at their best when running outdoors, but they are fairly inactive when inside. The Llewellin Setter has a reputation for being difficult to house train. As with any hunting dog, the Llewellin Setter needs an owner with a firm approach. This does not mean that physical violence is the best way to train the breed, but it does mean that the dog must quickly learn who is boss. Socialization and obedience training must begin early if you hope to have a Llewellin that listens to your commands. When not given a task, the breed can quickly become bored and willful. The Llewellin is not the right choice of dog for an inactive or inattentive family. These dogs are not suited for apartment life.

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Life Span
10 - 12 years
Other Names
Llewellin Setter

Llewellin Setter Build Information

Size
Medium

The Llewellin Setter is a thin, muscular dog, bred for endurance. The dog has long legs, a feathered tail, and a medium-sized muzzle. Ears fall just below the jaw, and the eyes are alert and expressive. The coat of the Llewellin is white with black spots. Some brown ticking can be seen throughout the coat.

Behaviour and Personality

Kid Friendliness
Affection Level
Activity Level

This breed of dog is calm and gentle. Llewellin's are friendly and mild mannered. Not a breed to sit on the sidelines, these dogs are happiest when they are with their people. They are at their best when running outdoors, but they are fairly inactive when inside. The Llewellin Setter has a reputation for being difficult to house train. As with any hunting dog, the Llewellin Setter needs an owner with a firm approach.

This does not mean that physical violence is the best way to train the breed, but it does mean that the dog must quickly learn who is boss.

Socialization and obedience training must begin early if you hope to have a Llewellin that listens to your commands. When not given a task, the breed can quickly become bored and willful. The Llewellin is not the right choice of dog for an inactive or inattentive family. These dogs are not suited for apartment life.

Appearance

Shedding
Moderate
Grooming
High maintenance

The Llewellin has fine, soft fur that is prone to matting. A daily combing or brushing is required to keep your dog's coat in excellent condition. Be sure to check for burs, twigs and other debris after your dog has been outdoors. Llewellin's have toe feathers, or hair in between the toes, that must be clipped regularly, especially in cold weather.

This hair can trap dirt and ice, making your dog’s feet uncomfortable.

Toenails should be clipped every four weeks. Clean your dog’s ears weekly to help prevent infection.

Breed's Talents and Facts

Training
Moderately easy
  • The breed is a fantastic one for active families with children
  • Llewellin's are not suited to apartment life
  • Daily exercise is required for this breed of dog
  • This breed is an adequate guard dog
  • The Llewellin Setter is not known by any other names

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Common Health Conditions in Llewellin Setters

Llewellin Setters are not known to be prone to any specific genetic health issues. The size and excitability of the dogs may make them prone to joint and ligament injury. Ear infections, intestinal upsets and other maladies common to all dogs should be watched for. Routine veterinary examinations will keep your dog as healthy as possible.

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