The Dogs 1st
our pure Dashing Bondhu Llewellin's Setters all on their 1st hunt ever!
Opening day, Dogs were 13-15 months old without any pervious training at
all. All pointed their 1st bird/s and retrieved to hand, and backed NATURALLY!
No birds were flushed by a dog, they ALL held their points until one of
us flushed the bird. Total birds taken: 20 Bob-white quail, 9 Chukar partridge
and 6 Cock Ring neck Pheasants, taken by three hunters. We won't mention
how many birds were missed :)
to Mountain View KennelTM
in hunting and raising the most natural close working foot hunting pleasure
hunting Setters found in the world and the first kennel solely dedicated
in raising and preserving the purest "Dashing Bondhu" Llewellin's Setters
bloodlines remaining in the world!
As you can
see from the photo above, they are born natural bird dogs. These young
dogs at only 14-15 months of age had no help from other dogs and NO training
before hand. Pictured are the results after their first time being exposed
to ANY birds. All dogs naturally Pointed solid , Retrieved to hand, and
even Honored (backed) each other faithfully. They were first worked and
shot over a lone and then hunted together and did an amazing job for any
dog, never mind for one's on their first hunt. Absolutely, NO force training
or electric training collars were or are EVER are used in their training
or for any of our pure Dashing Bondhu Setter's training. ALL birds were
POINTED NATURALLY and NONE were flushed by the dogs.
to amaze us season after season and amaze everyone who has hunted with
them. Last couple of years we have often seen points up to 40 YARD (120
FT) even on single wild native quail. Please see our many hunting photos
and Testimonial webpages linked below.
history of the Dashing Bondhu bloodlines are as follows: The Dashing Bondhu
bloodlines were personally developed by Richard Purcell Llewellin, Esq.
(1840-1925) of Pembroke shire, South Wales, who spent over 50 years in
their personal development and in their perfection of his own unique personal
strain he personally named as "Dashing Bondhu" (Bondhu means "Heart of
Oak"). All of the other Llewellin Setter strains registered were not "developed"
by Mr. Llewellin himself.
difference from the Dashing Bondhu line from the many American lines, is
that the American lines came from several English breeder's as well as
a few from Mr. Llewellin first early attempts at breeding, that were sent
to America prior to 1900's or early on and then developed by North American
breeders who were mostly Field Trailer's and they dominated North American
was very different even among American breeders and soon many different
bloodlines were being developed and recognized in North America. Each kennel
bred for different standards and traits such as size, color, markings,
temperament, ability, health, hunting range, etc. resulting in each line
becoming very different from one another. Even dogs originating from the
same strain could be slightly different from one breeder to another.
Bondhu line was Mr. Llewellin's personal bloodline that he personally developed
and perfected in England for over 50 years of his life and were not developed
from the same crosses that were sent to the States. On Mr. Llewellin's
passing in 1925, he left his respected close friend William Humphrey, also
an outstanding Setter breeder in England, all of his personal Dashing Bondhu
Setters to continue their breeding to Mr. Llewellin's high breeding standards.
SOLD ALL his Setters he owned at the time, so he could dedicate himself
to preserving and continuing Mr. Llewellin's pure "Dashing Bondhu" Llewellin's
Setters for another 38 years, producing 41 foot hunting Field Champions
in the process. Mr. Humphrey also worked closely with Father Brannon (Irish
Priest) who owned Scinn Amach Kennel in Ireland, who also bred them in
Ireland for 30 more years after Humphrey's passing. Many feel that Humphrey
and Fr. Brannon even refined or perfected the Dashing Bondhu's even further.
They selected only the most "natural born bird dogs" without the use of
electronic collars, planted birds, or any force training generation after
generation. This genetically locked in their natural traits, making them
dominant or natural traits, while removing any and all genetic faults in
them. This resulted in the best foot hunting bird dogs ever created in
Bondhu Llewellin's Setters today are direct decedents of mainly the 1960's
direct imports from Humphrey's kennel, a 1988 direct import from Fr. Brannon's
kennel, two outstanding gentlemen that Mr. Llewellin entrusted his personal
bloodlines to and another direct import in 1990's from Madam Marie Thérèse
à Goës of Belgium (close friend of the Humphrey family) of
100% Humphrey's breeding.
of breeding their generations 8-10 years apart, many of our Llewellin's
Setters we own today are still only 2-6 generations from the original English,
Irish, and Belgium imports from these great breeders, without any other
strains being added what so ever.
For a complete
detailed history and photos of the Dashing Bondhu bloodlines, please go
to our Dashing Bondhu History
also the same exact pure Dashing Bondhu bloodlines that produced the famous
name "Henry Princeof Pause",
from Outdoor Life Network's Number "1" Sporting show for a number of years,
OLN's TV series,
also Hank's famous son "Dash" registered
name "Hank's Dashing Bondhu",
who has stared in OLN's following TV Series
Days with Dash".
If you would
like to see how our wonderful pure Dashing Bondhu Llewellin's Setters hunt,
please order from the hundreds of high quality DVD productions of your
choice of episodes of "Hunting with Hank" and/or "Upland Days with Dash"
available very reasonable at HWH
DVD's . These are the most high quality, professional videos
of bird hunting ever produced in our opinion.
Henry Princeof Pause was also entered in the
Bird Dog Foundation's Hall of Fame. These two great dogs are not only all
out of the SAME 100% exact combination of pure Dashing Bondhu bloodlines
that we own and specialize in, but "Hank"
aka Henry Princeof Pause can even be found
as the grand sire and great grand sire in most of our dog's pedigrees and
in pups we offer and "Dash" aka Hank's Dashing
Bondhu, is the sire of our stud "Hank's
Champ Bondhu". In fact, Mountain View Kennel
is home to more "Certified Gun Dogs" of OLN's Hank's and OLN's Dash's bloodlines
found anywhere else in the world.
to Henry Princeof Pause aka
"Hank" and Hank's
Dashing Bondhu aka
"Dash" for receiving their IPDBA Gun Dog Certifications!
We are not
the only people Gun Dog Certifying their pointing dogs, but so far we are
the only Kennel that is Gun Dog Certifying ALL our Setters before breeding
aware that there are several different recognized bloodlines of Llewellin
Setter's being bred and advertised today as Llewellin Setters. Because
they are so different, these bloodlines are known by many different names
like Blizzard, Roycelle, Gladstone, Bomber, and Tony'O are just some examples
of Llewellin Setter lines that are not found at all in our pure Dashing
Bondhu Llewellin Setter pedigrees. If any of these names are found
in a pedigree, you will know they were not Llewellin's personal strain
of "Dashing Bondhu" bloodlines that we specialize in at Mountain View Kennel.
Ours are "Llewellin's Setters" and those are "Llewellin Setters", so to
speak. The difference is amazing.
some breeders have taken advantage of FDSB easy registration policies of
the past, allowing breeder's to simply hand write papers at will for over
100 years. In fact, I'm sorry to say, the "Straight Creek" (Bob Baily's)
lines cannot be trusted and has been totally banned from registration in
IPDBA. It is very doubtful that any of them can be trusted as pure Llewellin
Setters, never mind of the Bondhu, Count, and Otho bloodlines as they advertise.
This unfortunately includes many FDSB pedigrees with ANY dogs with Straight
Creek in their name or, Dashing Iron Cody, Dashing Iron Buster, Count Toby,
and ALL their many decedents of many names being commonly used in FDSB
Llewellin Setter kennels today. In fact, IPDBA has been turning away 2
out of 3 FDSB transfer applications. Since we have posted our warnings
about this, we have seen some kennel's remove or shorten their dog's pedigrees
or kill the link to their pedigrees, so not to show their ancestry.
met the Straight Creek owner Bob Baily many years ago, he told me to my
face when I asked him if he knew of any Llewellin Setters around, he responded
"that Llewellin Setters were extinct" and that he had good English Setters
(field trail type) for sale, but just a few years later, his kennel changed
from an English Setter Kennel to a Llewellin Setter Kennel while having
the same dogs and he started to advertise that he had been breeding "his
Llewellin Setter strain" for 35+ years. Funny, that his neighbors and even
close friends remember it the same way we do.
was very profitable for many years to purchase whole litters of English
Setter pups out the the local classified papers for $100-$200 each and
sell them for $500.00 each as Llewellin Setter pups. The Lord only knows
how many were done this way. Even a Llewellin Setter he named Roadside,
was named that because he was found on the roadside. But my good friend
owned the dog before and still had his English Setter papers. So buyer
MUST beware and so must the whole Llewellin breed. The sadist part of this
is that FDSB no longer has breeders who keep the strains pure and are left
with a bunch of kennels hybridized and some with Setters with these unknown
ancestry and false pedigrees.
It is not
our intention to knock FDSB, other strains, or other breeder's of
Llewellin Setters. It was difficult for us to post the above info about
a fellow man, but we have first hand knowledge and have had so many come
fourth willing to testify, we could not just stand by watching these false
pedigreed dogs being bred into the Llewellin Setter breed. We are also
sorry if you already have one of these Setters, but the truth is what it
DNA parent testing today will never change the facts of the past. In fact,
it was our main reason we left FDSB in 1996 and registered all our dogs
with IPDBA. The Straight Creek dogs are banned from registration in IPDBA,
see IPDBA Llewellin Setter
Registration Rules. Only pure bred Llewellin Setters are allowed registration
in IPDBA. IPDBA won't even register them as English Setters, because they
are of unknown ancestry and their true pedigrees have been lost for ever.
Unfortunately, other registries like AKC, UKC, NKC, NSTRA and others that
recognized FDSB Llewellins, but as English Setters, also have the false
pedigrees now registered in them.
BEWARE of Kennels advertising or promoting that their dogs are "DNA proven
to be pure Llewellin Setters". This is an out right LIE as DNA parenting
ONLY proves that the "parents" of the dog are a very close match and has
NOTHING to do with the purity of the dog. Anyone, who makes that outlandish
statement is either trying to MISLEAD you or does not have a CLUE what
they are doing. DNA can NEVER be used to check the PURITY of the Llewellin
Setter breed, simply because NO DNA is available more than just a few generations
back and the Llewellin Setter pedigrees are the oldest in the dog world.
It is kind of ironic that breeder's are attempting to use the fact that
FDSB continues to not trust ANY of their current breeder's without DNA
proving each generation's parents, as a good reason to purchase their pups.
feel that not all Llewellin Setter's were developed by Mr. Llewellin himself
for over 50 years and are not the same and it has been our first hand experience
that each strain can be very different from one another. Also, that crossing
of those strains can have very mixed results, especially in future generations.
The point is, if you want to own dogs that are as much like a certain strain
that produced genetically sound, foot hunting dogs like OLN's Hank and
Dash for example, or that were bred personally by Mr. Llewellin's high
ideals for most of his life, then it is best to stick with the same pure
strain that produced them. It has taken us many years to save them, but
we are now the largest kennel of Gun Dog Certified pure 100% Humphrey bred
Dashing Bondhu Llewellin Setters in the world.
By the way,
if in your search, you can find any Llewellin's Setters here or abroad,
other than ours or our good friends Al and Drenda King's as pure Dashing
Bondhu as ours, please let us know. We are always in search for other pure
Dashing Bondhu Llewellin's Setters from around the world.
they are the best pleasure hunting BIRD DOGS ever developed in the world
and because of our strict selection, we feel our dogs are producing the
BEST pups available in the world and is why we provide a 100%
Satisfaction Life-Time Guarantee on
every single pup we offer!
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