||There are two basic types of English Setter ' bench setters which are bred for show rings, and field setters which are bred for hunting and field trial activities. Llewellin Setters are a particular strain of field setter which can trace undiluted ancestry back to the late 1800's kennel of an English nobleman named Richard Purcell Llewellin (1840-1925). Prior to that time in England, english setters were not a well standardized breed. They had for centuries been bred up from spaniel stock and could have best been described at that time as a loose collection of similar types of dogs. The first serious recorded effort to standardize a hunting english setter was undertaken in the mid-1800's by Edward Laverack (1800-1877). He had only mixed success in developing a quality hunting dog, but did succeed in developing a distinct line of dogs which are considered the progenitors of modern bench English Setters.
||This breed comes in a wonderful variety of colors that will please just about every Setter lover out there. The colors you will see are White and Orange, White and Black, White and Chestnut, White and Lemon and Tri-colored, which can consist of white/ black / tan, or white / chestnut / tan. Chestnut tri-colors are rare.
||Soft, fine and silky, and medium to long in length. Feathering should be present on chest, on the back of all legs, on the ears and most noticeably on the tail.
||This breed's standard temperament can be described as friendly and good natured, however, it can also be strong-willed and mischievous. They are energetic, people-oriented dogs, so are well suited to families who can give them attention and activity, or to working with a hunter, where they have a job to do. They are active dogs that need plenty of exercise.
||Llewellins can be trained to hunt any kind of upland game bird, including (but not limited to) pheasant, quail, grouse, ptarmigan, chuckar and other partridge. Once they get the "birdy" knack, they will transition very easily to all differenty types of game birds making them very versatile in the field.
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||A relatively healthy breed, Setters have few genetic problems but some problems occasionally occur. Canine hip dysplasia, elbow dysplasia, and canine hypothyroidism are some of the more well-known ailments that can affect this dog.