the handsome bitches Phantom, Puzzle, Princess, all great show winners. “Now, although Mr. Llewellin thus had the best possible opportunities and means of estimating the Laverack breed, he finally came to the conclusion that, however handsome at that time they were, and in the case of Countess, Nellie, and Daisy, good in some respects in the field, yet that, on the average, the pure Laveracks had too many unsatisfactory and inconvenient peculiarities of mind, habit, and instinct, to fit them for attaining his ideal. This discovery set Mr. Llewellin once again on the track of experiment, and, this time, with far more satisfaction to himself than anything he had previously experienced. The result was the breed of dogs which bears his name, and which has scored its mark so deeply in setter history. Mr. Teasdale Buckell, the gentleman who handled so many of his winners at field trials in former years, materially assisted in showing this variety to the world. “The particular strain which is known as the Llewellin setter is, therefore, a blend of the pure Dash–Moll and Dash–Lill Laverack, with blood represented by Sir Vincent Corbet's Old Slut, and with that of the late Mr. Statter's Rhoebe, as shown chiefly in Dick, Dan, Dora, Daisy, Ruby, &c., but, whilst those for the most part were somewhat coarse, withal powerful workmanlike dogs, the Llewellin combination has retained the size, bone, and power, and added improvement in shape and make, so that the tendency towards coarseness, slackness of loin, and want of refinement, has been improved away, and the characteristic of the Llewellin is size with quality. That they possess quality and beauty of appearance their show bench achievements have proved, whilst at the same time their field trial record as a setter kennel has never been approached. “In the days when the feeling for show bench honours was keener in Mr. Llewellin, his kennel had only to put in an appearance at a show to take nearly all the prizes. For years this was the case at the two great gatherings, Birmingham and London, the only places were they were exhibited. “The sight presented by the setter benches in 1884, the first year that the Birmingham authorities offered special prizes for field trial winners, is well remembered by sportsmen. On that occasion Mr. Llewellin entered twelve field trial winners, viz., Count Wind'em, Dashing Bondhu, Dashing Duke, Sable Bondhu, Novel, Dashing Beauty, Dashing Ditto, Countess Bear, Countess Moll, Countess Rose, Nora, and Norna. Although there were some absentees, the team made a show of setters in itself, representing field as well as show champions—Count Wind'em, a field trial and also bench show champion, for whom Mr. Llewellin had been offered, and refused, 4,750 and 4, 12OO; Novel, equally a champion winner in the field and bench shows; and that beautiful bitch Countess Bear, winner of the first field trial Derby,' besides other field trials, and several show prizes, both here and in America. Countess Rose was also a bench winner, and with Novel, winner of the Brace Stakes at the National Field Trials, on which occasion that well known judge, the late Sir Vincent Corbet, declared them the best brace he had ever seen. For these two bitches Mr. Llewellin was offered on the spot A LOOO. This same Birmingham team ikewise included three winners of the field trial Derby, Countess Bear, already alluded to ; Sable Bondhu, and Dashing Ditto; also Norna, Nora, and Dashing Beauty, all gainers of first prizes at field trials; besides Dashing Bondhu, winner of more field trial prizes than any dog, pointer, or setter, that ever ran, according to the field trial records in the Kennel Stud Book. “The peculiarity of this kennel is that the same dogs unite in themselves, in a measure no others have done, first class show, as well as field trial quality. There are owners who have dogs with which they win on the bench but not in the field. Others, again, there are, which perform in the field but would take a low place at a show. The Llewellin dogs, on the contrary, have proved themselves capable bench show champions; yet the doings of the self-same dogs at field trials would alone have been sufficient to place them at the head of the list, even if they had possessed no other qualification. “Mr. Llewellin has never, at any time, cared to keep so large a kennel as some other setter breeders, nor does he rear many during the year, a fact, which should not be lost sight of when the large proportion of show and field trial prizes which have fallen to his setters is considered. “The ‘blue ribbon of field trials is held to be the ' Braces Stakes,' and, next in estimation is the field trial Derby, the latter being a Kennel Club event, and the former that of the National Society. Mr. Llewellin's setters have won the ‘Braces Stakes' twelve times, and the Derby' four times, whilst running second for those events on additional occasions. The Derby' was won three years in succession by his dogs Sable Bondhu, Dashing ditto, and Dashing Clinker. On the occasion when Sable won in 1882, three other puppies from the same kennel ran, and the four were placed equal, though the owner preferred that Sable Bondhu should have the honour, and so she was selected to run against the wining pointer puppy for the championship, which, as indicated above, she won. When Clinker won in 1883 something of the same happened, as he, with his kennel companion Duke Phoenix, had beaten all the other puppies, and Clinker was given the honour of running against the best pointer puppy, which he beat, and so won the great prize. “Mr. Llewellin has not been a competitor at the Kennel Club Trials since 1883, he not approving of the action of that body in certain matters appertaining to sporting dogs. “It should be noted that several leading American sportsmen imported some of his dogs several years ago, and that their workmanlike qualities and suitability to the peculiarities of American field sport brought them rapidly into favour, both in the States and Canada. The place they hold both at bench shows and field trials in that country is quite as prominent as it has been in the one of their origin. It is a question, however, whether the breed as it is now preserved in America is in all respects up to its original standard. “It is interesting to state that Mr. Llewellin has never departed from the lines of blood with which he began to form his breed nearly twenty years ago. No outside cross of any sort or kind has been

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