Best Bully Sticks Spotlight on a Breed: Llewellin English Setter

Photo source: Her 3 beautiful active outside, settled, calm and sweet inside - Llewellin English Setters

Photo source: Her 3 beautiful active outside, settled, calm and sweet inside - Llewellin English Setters

Llewellin English Setter

History: It’s a very specific, pure strain of “English Setter with bloodlines tracing back to the breeding program of nineteenth century sportsman R. L. Purcell Llewellin. Llewellin and Edward Laverack played a key role in the development of the breed. Llewellin’s name has been irrevocably associated with those English Setters bred for field work.”

Height: 22-24 inches  and are somewhat smaller than their English Setter counterparts who are around 23-26 inches.

Weight: Females 35-50 lbs & males 45-60 lbs on average

Coat: Single-coated (no undercoat) with hairs that are soft, fine, silky, and medium to long in length. Hair is feathered on the chest, back of all legs, ears and most noticeably on the tail.


Non-Belton: Usually predominantly white with colored body patches and ticking.

These dogs are born mostly white and any patches of coloring will be present at birth. As the dog ages the white areas become spotted, growing darker colored hairs called ticking. Ticking begins to develop shortly after birth and the dog is usually fully ticked by the time they are 6 months of age. Heavily ticked dogs may not end up being predominantly white as adults due to the large amount of ticking present, but are still considered non-belton types due to the body patches of color which were present at birth.

Belton: Predominantly white without body patches, only ticking.

These dogs are born completely white, but then as the dog ages the ticking begins to come in. Ticking intermingles with the white all over the body sometimes giving a roan appearance. True belton dogs have no body patches of color, only ticking.  Heavy ticking may give the appearance of more color than white.

Blanketed: Predominant body color other than white.

These dogs are born mostly black or chestnut with patches of white, the exact opposite of the non-belton type. Ticking will develop within the white patches shortly after birth and will be fully colored by the time they are 6 months of age. Do not be fooled by adult dogs that appear to be blanketed, but are rather only “heavily ticked”. Heavily ticked dogs were still born predominantly white, so should not be considered “blanketed”, rather they are non-belton types

Appearance: The coat is flat with light feathering of long length. They have a long, flowing coat that requires regular grooming.

The various speckled coat colours when occurring in English Setters are referred to as belton; valid combinations are white with black flecks (blue belton) or with orange flecks (orange belton— depending on the intensity of the color, they might be lemon belton or liver belton), or white with black and tan flecks (tricolour belton).

Temperament: The English Setter dog breed was developed as a hunter and thereby it is a lively and rather energetic dog that simply loves to run and indulge its hunting pedigree. This breed makes for a warm and affectionate dog that gets along admirably with children, other pets as well as dogs and even strangers. The English Setter can be strong willed & mischievous. In order to prevent the breed from becoming destructive or a nuisance it is necessary that the dog gets a substantial dose of exhaustive exercise outdoors each and every day. Inside they tend to be lower energy and love to be couch potatoes and lap dogs that love to cuddle.

Health: The Life expectancy for Llewellin English Setter is about 10-12 years. Overall, Llewellin Setters are a pretty healthy breed with very few genetic problems. They do not have any known specific types of cancer or eye diseases. But like any English Setter are prone to Canine Hip Dysplasia , deafness, Atopic Eczema, ear infections, food allergies & hypothyroidism.

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