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History The Llewellin Setter is a pure, very specific strain of the English Setter, with bloodlines that trace back to the 19th century breeding program of R. L. Purcell Llewellin, a sportsman. Llewellin, along with Edward Laverack, played a big role in the development of these dogs.
Llewellin Setters are direct descendants of Setters. Through the years, Llewellin Setters have proven themselves to be superior to many other Setter breeds. These dogs have managed to dominate various dog competitions for years. They have also been frequently used as hunting dogs and game bird dogs. Being talented dogs, their excellent sense of smell and ability to work on a wide variety of different terrains make them appealing to many hunters.
Appearance Llewellin Setters are hunting dogs, and because of this, they have a tendency to carry their tail high over their back. Although there are some specimens of this breed that carry their tail low, most owners prefer dogs that have a high tail carriage. The coat of these dogs is medium length and is silky in texture. They also have some feathering on their ears, chest, and at the back of their legs. Heavy feathering is present on their tail as well. Usually, their coat is flat, but there are some dogs that feature a wavy coat. Their coat protects them from harsh, cold weather, but they can adapt quite well to warm weather too.
Colours The first specimens of Llewellin Setters were Blue Beltons, which used to be a common color among many English Setters. Llewellin Setters were pure white when born, but they develop some ticking later on. This ticking covers their body, and because their hair is silky white and the black ticking looks to be blue, the colouring was named Blue Belton. Llewellin Setters, however, also have other colours and patterns. These dogs can come in chestnut, or in tri-colour and quad-colour combinations. It's only possible to determine how much ticking these dogs will have when they are already at least three months old.
Temperament Llewellin Setters are eager to please their owner, both at home and while working in the field. Although these dogs are working dogs, they also make great family companions. They are enthusiastic, affectionate, and gentle. They form a bond with their owners quickly, and they tend to look for attention and affection from their family members. These dogs also get along well with children and with other family pets.
Weight These dogs have a height that ranges from 22 to 24 inches and a weight that falls between 35 and 60 pounds.
Problems Dogs of this breed are generally healthy. Owners should, however, check the ears of these dogs frequently because the ears of these dogs may pick up items that can lead to ear infections.
Living Conditions It's not advisable for these dogs to be kept inside apartments. They will do best with at least an average-sized yard.
Requirements Llewellin Setters need to be taken out for long, brisk walks daily. If these dogs don't get to walk on a daily basis, they may become restless and difficult to manage. It would also be advisable for these dogs to be allowed to run around in a large, secure area.
Training Requirements These dogs should be trained gently, and harsh methods should not be used when training them. It's also advisable for these dogs to be socialized at an early age.
Life Expectancy The life span of these dogs is approximately 10 to 12 years.
Grooming The coat of these dogs needs to be brushed and combed regularly. Owners should also check the coat of these dogs for tangles and burrs. Extra care should also be taken during shedding season. Bathing or dry shampooing these dogs should be done only when necessary. The hair on the bottom of the feet of these dogs should also be trimmed, and their nails should be clipped.
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