English Setter – Llewellin Setters

During the 1800's the majority of the breeding of English Setters was carried out by a Mr Edward Lavarack (Lavarack Llewellins). Mr Richard Llewellin then took the gene pool of the best Lavarack dogs and developed them into a fantastic breed of field dog and they later became known as the Llewellin Setter.  During the 1900's a Mr William Humphrey from England continued with the breeding and developing of the Llewellin Setter and upon his death left his stud to Mr Trevor Wostenholm of Cathcart, South Africa.   A Llewellin Setter can be considered to be nothing more and nothing less than an English setter.  Llewellin Setters are basically English Setters whose origin can be traced back to 2 English Setters in particular.  A Llewellin Setter can therefore be considered a line of the English setter.

Historically setters lay down ("set") when coming on point and this is how they came to be known as Setters.  In order to catch as many birds as possible it was imperative that the birds were left undisturbed and it was for this reason that setters were bred to lie down when coming on point.  In today's times Setters now come on point whilst standing up but they can still revert to lying down.  An English Setter on point paints a spectacular picture of style and intensity.