Llewellin Setter Breed Information

Llewellin Setter

The Llewellin Setter has a life expectancy of 12 to 15 years.

The Llewellin Setter is a specific, pure strain of English Setter that was started by Edward Laverack in 1825. Laverack mated a pair of setters, then interbred their offspring continuously until he had an ideal strain of setters carrying his name.

In the mid 1860s, another breeder, R.L. Purcell Llewellin, established his own program with the intent of creating setters for field work.  He purchased some of Laverack’s setters and bred them with another strain referred to as Duke-Rhoebe. His program resulted in what is today known as the Llewellin Setter – an English Setter carrying the Duke-Rhoebe-Laverack cross.

The Llewellin Setter weighs 45 to 65 pounds and measures 18 to 26 inches.

Grooming Needs
The Llewellin Setter has a soft, fine coat with feathering on the back of the legs, chest, ears and tail. The Llewellin Setter sheds moderately year round and just needs to be brushed once a week and bathed occasionally. Like all dogs, the Llewellin Setter also needs basic grooming. Brush their teeth, clean their ears and trim their nails on a regular basis.  

The Llewellin Setter is playful, amiable and obedient.

As a puppy, the Llewellin Setter is rambunctious and energetic, into anything and everything. As the Llewellin Setter matures, their demeanor becomes more laidback and mellow. The Llewellin Setter loves the outdoors and the hunt, but is sweet and sociable in the home with their family. In fact, they are happiest when they are with their family, living in the home with them and sharing in their activities.

The Llewellin Setter is friendly to all and loves to give and receive affection. They tend to get along well with just about everyone, including new people and other dogs.

Training Needs
The Llewellin Setter responds well to positive training and generally picks up commands easily. The Llewellin Setter is quite sensitive and should always be treated with kindness or they can shut down.

Activity Level
The Llewellin Setter is a dedicated, athletic hunter and was bred to be a bird dog. As such, the Llewellin Setter thrives on lots of exercise, both physical and mental. The Llewellin Setter needs a long daily walk and a large area for running around. The Llewellin Setter can make a great companion for outdoor activities like camping, hiking and fishing.

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