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Llewellin Setter Vs French Brittany: Which is best for me?

Llewellin Setter Vs French Brittany: Which is the right dog for me?

I recently lost my beloved Spaniel and am looking for a new Hunting/fishing/hang out companion.

I have narrowed my list down to Llewellin Setters and French Brittany's. Both breeds appeal to me and look like great dogs.

I will be hunting mostly upland birds with the occasional Duck and Turkey hunts.

I am looking for a calm, obedient, easy to train, dog. I do not want a hyper dog. An angel in the house and demon in the field type dog.

BTW I like attached dogs that follow me everywhere and aren't always trying to run away when I'm at home or in public (not hunting).

A few questions I have:

Are Llewellin's versatile enough to Duck and Turkey hunt or do they only like upland birds?

How bad does each of them shed?

Do French Brittany's bark when strangers come to your home?

Is there any other information that might be useful for me?

I am also looking at a started Llewellin that is 18 months old. The trainer only hunts upland birds with him and is worried that taking him duck hunting might not be good.

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Llewellin Setter Vs French Brittany: Which is best for me?

Welcome to BGH.

Not knowing a lot about either, I'm gonna worm my way thru this. I have two E Setter pups, my first although I've trained a good nummber. Never a Lewellyn. The Lewellyn is an E. Setter that has supposed to have been dred true to Lewellyn lines for years. AKC does not recognize them, FDSB does but they require DNA. In the end they still are a Setter and in my opinion far less desireable when you throw in the ducks and turkeys. I don't know any dog works on turkeys. But for water work I think the Britt has a better coat. The French Britt, from what I understand from people that have them, are closer working and more versitle than the Amer Britt. I understand they are not as hyper either but don't know.

Of the two I would not even concider the Setter for what you want. I'm not sure where you'd find a French Britt but suspect you already know where to look. If you don't, let me know. I know of a guy that has them in Maine, I think he's in maine.

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Llewellin Setter Vs French Brittany: Which is best for me?

I have only had one Llewellyn and he has always hated water. Good thing I live in the desert. Great pointer and retriever. He is now 15 years old and just acts like he is furniture. There is nothing like a setter's tail on point. Looks like a flag in the wind... very stylish. These are usually very specialized dogs and if you are looking for a more all around dog perhaps this might not be for you. He has always been very good with kids, if that is a consideration. He also sheds by the pound. I also have English Pointers and would never take them duck hunting. However, I would like to bring them up to the breaks of the Snake near Don there and chase some of those Chuckar. One of my friends has German Wirehaired pointers and they are very versatile dogs. You might investigate them.

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Llewellin Setter Vs French Brittany: Which is best for me?

I Haven't been to the Snake hunting, catfishing once was it. Usually hunted Chukars and Huns near Condon, Heppner, Cotton Wood on the John Day and around here on the John Day. Bad knees keep me out of that stuff anymore tho, Need a replacement in the left and right is going to pot now to. Get up alright but down is a bear.

Used to hunt this ranch some years ago. About a mile from town. Up the canyon to bird paradise. Birds really low past few years tho.

This is on the John Day about 15 mi from town.

This last photo is me and my old Hannah on her last hunt outside Heppner. My buddy had three dogs, ex-wife one and I took three. Old Hannah wiped their eye's. She was something! She was 13 in this photo and I lost her at 16.

Oh well, one more. I trained and handled this one for the lady in the photo. Johnny Crockett grandson. If ya gave away half his style, he'd still have to much!

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