“Setting doggies” is an ancient term used for setters and its original purpose was to set or point upland game birds. It appears that the English Setter was a trained bird dog in England more than 400 years ago and there are works of art created in the early 15th century showing dogs that are discernible as being of a “setter type”. The Setter originated in crosses of the Spanish Pointer, large Water Spaniel, and English Springer Spaniel, which combined to produce an excellent bird dog with a high degree of proficiency in finding and pointing game.
The Llewellyn Setter is a medium-sized dog with a size ranging from 24 inches for female; up to 27 inches for males. The main body coat is short to medium length, lies flat and has a silky texture. The base color of the coat is white with different colored flecks. The top of the ears are positioned in line with the eyes in an elegant fold. The body is of a moderate length proportionate to its height and it has strong powerful hinds.
The Llewellyn Setter’s standard temperament is best described as a “Gentleman by Nature”. It is also strong-willed and mischievous. They are energetic, people-oriented dogs that are well suited to families or to working with a hunter, where they have a job to do. They are very active and have a lot of exercise time. Inside they tend to be lower energy and love to be couch potatoes and lap dogs. They are very friendly, adore visitors and is particularly happy with children.
This breed can be affected by genetic problems. These include congenital deafness, auto-immune thyroiditis canine hypothyroidism, elbow dysplasia, and allergies, which can include some sensitivity to certain food ingredients and also skin conditions, are known to occur. Life expectancy is between 11 to 12