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"100% Mr. Llewellin's personal Dashing Bondhu Setters"
"The Ultimate Foot-hunting Bird-dogs and family companions ever developed"
"Unequaled style, ability, & history that no other breed or bloodline can match"
"The Oldest Pedigree Breed of Dog, predating guns"
 "Once owned by Kings, Noblemen, and only the very privileged"
"Truly MAN'S BEST FRIEND in your home and/or the field/woods"
“A gentleman’s or ladies life long companion and loyal hunting dog”
"Also known as the Buddy Dogs that Hunt"
"The true ESSENCE of a Biddable dog and Man's Best Friend"
"Best Bloodlines = Best Pups = Best Guarantee"  
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The Dogs 1st Hunt!
November 1st, 2007
See annual "Hunting Photos" links above!



On behalf of Vetary.com, I want to congratulate Mountain View Kennel on having the Best English (Llewellin) Setter Breeder Award!

Vetary has analyzed top English (Llewellin) Setter breeders and cross referenced positive social mention data with top analytics platforms. Your site was a clear winner with U.S. pet owners over the last 12 months. For context, Vetary awards breeders with best-in-class online buzz, content, visuals, and most importantly, a strong cause and devotion toward their breed of dogs.

Welcome to Mountain View Kennel, LLC.

We specialize in hunting and raising the most biddable, natural close working foot hunting pleasure hunting Setters found in the world and the first kennel solely dedicated in raising and preserving the purest of Mr. Llewellin's "Dashing Bondhu" Llewellin Setter 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.

They continue 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 all our annual hunting photos and Testimonial webpages linked above and below. 

A brief 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 them "Dashing Bondhu" (Bondhu means "Heart of Oak").  All of the other Llewellin Setter strains registered were NOT "developed" by Mr. Llewellin himself.

The main 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 Setters, that were sent to America mainly prior to the 1900's or early in and then developed by North American breeders who were mostly Field Trailer's and they dominated North American Field Trails. 

Selection 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 kennel to another, depending on their personal selection.

The Dashing Bondhu line are 100% 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 years earlier. 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 same high breeding standards. 

Mr. Humphrey said he SOLD ALL his Setters he owned at the time, so he could dedicate himself to preserving and continuing ONLY Mr. Llewellin's pure "Dashing Bondhu" Llewellin's Setters, which he did 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, but they ALWAYS gave Mr. Llewellin FULL CREDIT for their development and did not want any credit for them.

Non-the-less they continued to select 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 traits, while removing any and all genetic faults in them. This resulted in the best foot hunting bird dogs EVER created in the world!

Our Dashing 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 and close friends of each other and another direct import in 1990's from Madam Marie Thérèse à Goës of Belgium, also a close friend of the Humphrey family and of Fr, Brannon and was from 100% of Humphrey's breeding's. 

Because of breeding their generations 8-10 years apart, many of our Llewellin's Setters we own today are still only a few generations from the original English, Irish, and Belgium imports from these great breeders, without any other strains being added what so ever.

Though we do not run a shoot preserve, our Setters have been sold to many top shooting preserves who use them because of their outstanding abilities, unsurpassed beautiful hunting style, and consistency, day in and day out regardless the type of upland birds, hunting terrain, weather, or scenting conditions, they excel. Are even being used for waterfowl and dove hunts.

All the the best Shooting Preserve owners have told us our Setters are simply the BEST dogs they have. especially in getting their customers to come back again and again. Their clients not only enjoy them in the field or woods, they also enjoy them at the lodge or cabin before and after the hunts, making best friends with everyone they meet. If you have a preserve and want return customers, you need a couple of pure Dashing Bondhu Llewellin Setters, your customers will be asking for them by name.

For a complete detailed history and photos of the Dashing Bondhu bloodlines, please go to our Dashing Bondhu History webpage.

These are also the SAME exact 100% pure Dashing Bondhu bloodlines that produced the famous "Hank", registered name "Henry Princeof Pause", from Outdoor Life Network's Number "1" Sporting show for a number of many years, OLN's TV series, "Hunting with Hank", and also Hank's famous son "Dash" registered name "Hank's Dashing Bondhu", who has stared in OLN's following TV Series "Upland Days with Dash".

To see how our pure Dashing Bondhu Setters typically hunt, here are some links to as well as some youtube videos of Hank and Dash, all photos and videos of Hank, Dash, & Dez Young are Copyright© H&H Productions & Mirage Productions.

Links to Pheasant Hunting videos: Part 1 of 3 ,   Part 2 of 3 , &  Part 3 of 3 .

Links to Chukar Hunting videos: Part 1 of 2 , & Part 2 of 2 .

Because our pure Dashing Bondhu Setters reproduce like clones, they all typically hunt just like "Dash" and "Hank", but can be taught to hunt just about anyway you want them to hunt. We like our dogs to hunt close, so we program them to hunt close by taking them for a walk in the field or woods and every time they take their eyes off of use we either hide behind a tree or lay down, so they must come and find us. This will program them to stay within sight at all times. We also do that with older dogs when ever they range farther than we want. Please see our "Training" page on how we train these natural Setters.

  If you would like to see how our wonderful pure Dashing Bondhu Llewellin's Setters typically hunt, you can also order from the hundreds of high quality DVD productions of your choice of season episodes of "Hunting with Hank" and/or "Upland Days with Dash" DVD's that may be available very reasonable at Amazon, click on image below to check availability.

Click on image!

"Hunting With Hank"
Season 1 

All seasons available!

"Upland Days with Dash"
Season 1

All seasons available!

It is my opinion these are the finest quality, professional videos of bird hunting ever produced and are simply the perfect and most accurate example of Sir Llewellin's pure Dashing Bondhu bloodlines in action. Of course, because of their strong willingness to please, you can easily train them to hunt just the way you want them to hunt. We do not receive any commission or funds for purchases or advertisements on our website.

"Hank" aka 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 pure Dashing Bondhu bloodlines with OLN's Hank's and OLN's Dash's bloodlines then anywhere else in the WORLD!

Also, congratulations to Henry Princeof Pause aka "Hank" and Hank's Dashing Bondhu aka "Dash" for receiving their IPDBA Gun Dog Certifications!

Look for this symbol!

We are not the only people IPDBA Gun Dog Certifying their pointing dogs, but so far we are the only Kennel that is IPDBA Gun Dog Certifying ALL our Setters before breeding them. Beware some Kennels are mentioning IPDBA Gun Dog Certification on their websites, but none or very few of their dogs have actually been IPDBA certified. If their dog does not have the title "GDC" in front of their name, then their dog has not been IPDBA certified and does not have the title. All our Setters have received this title before selecting them for breeding. Only pure Dashing Bondhu Llewellin Setters who are 100% NATURAL at pointing, retrieving, and backing (honoring) are selected. Any training to point, retrieve, or to back will eliminate them from our breeding program.  

Please, be aware that there are several different recognized bloodlines of Llewellin Setter's being bred and advertised today as Llewellin Setters and they can be VERY different in style, size, personality, and even health. 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. Basically, ours are "Llewellin's Setters" and those are "Llewellin Setters", so to speak. The difference is amazing. They are truly "Man's best friend" and also known as the"Buddy dogs that love to hunt".

Unfortunately, some breeders have taken advantage of FDSB easy registration policies of the past years, allowing their 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 certain bloodlines as advertise. This unfortunately includes many FDSB pedigrees with or without ANY dogs with Straight Creek in their name like,  Dashing Iron Roxy, Dashing Iron Buster, Dashing Iron Mikie, 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 because of them. 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. Ask for a 5 generation pedigree if they won't post it publicly.

When we met the Straight Creek owner Bob Baily many years ago, selling Beagles and coon hounds at a squirrel hunt and 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. 

Seems it 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 Setter he named Roadside, was named that because it was found on the roadside. But my friend owned the dog before and still has it's 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 so many have 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, good or bad, but the truth is what it is.  

 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 that recognized FDSB papers, but as English Setters, also have the false pedigrees now registered in them as English Setters this includes AKC, UKC and sadly NSTRA. This is why we no longer register with NSTRA.


Please, BEWARE of Kennels advertising or promoting that their dogs are "DNA Certified Llewellin Setters", "DNA pure Llewellin Setters", or as the "DNA Purest Llewellin's". This is an out right LIE as they are ONLY, DNA parenting and that ONLY proves that the "parents" of the dog are a very close match  to the DNA provided them and has NOTHING to do with the PURITY of their dogs breed. 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. All the DNA parent testing today will never change the facts of the past or make FALSE pedigrees correct.

I think it is IRONIC that breeder's are attempting to use the fact that FDSB continues to NOT TRUST THEM without having to DNA each and EVERY puppy they produce, as a good reason to purchase their pups after over 100 years of allowing some of the same breeders to hand write each puppy paper for each pup. It's my opinion that they still have many FALSE REGISTERED LLEWELLIN SETTERS in FDSB breeding programs throughout their BREEDS and because of all the pure bloodlines leaving them and registering with IPDBA, the FALSE bloodlines are now dominating the BREED within FDSB.  IPDBA now reports that two out of three transfers applications from FDSB (aka American Field) registry are denied IPDBA registration because of known falsified papers and/or known genetic disorders in their backgrounds.

IPDBA was the first registry to fully recognize the Llewellin Setter as a BREED and require permanent identification of all Setters to be identified with a micro chip, tattoo, a color diagram showing markings and ticking, and 3 clear color photos (face and both sides of their body) of every Setter registered, long before the DNA problems in FDSB were found. Please, note those Setters with the DNA problems were NEVER registered with IPDBA and there HAS NEVER BEEN ANY DNA PROBLEMS WITH DOGS IN IPDBA REGISTRY and is why IPDBA TRUST their breeders and has ALL of the pure Llewellin Setter bloodlines left in the WORLD.  In fact, since our pure Dashing Bondhu bloodline linage are 100% from Sir. Richard Llewellin's personal Setters that he named and developed for 50+ years, they should be the DNA Base Line used to compare all other Llewellin Setters too. 

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, are pleasure 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 with King's help we have the LARGEST GENE POOL of Sir. Richard Llewellin's personal Dashing Bondhu Setters anywhere in the WORLD!

We not only feel the Dashing Bondhu's are the purest Llewellin Setter bloodline, the BEST pleasure hunting BIRD DOGS  and the BEST family companion dogs ever developed in the world, but because of our strict selection and breeding genetic knowledge, we feel our Setters are producing the BEST pups available in the world and is why we can provide a 100% Satisfaction Life-Time Guarantee on every single pup we offer! The BEST bloodline, produces the Best pups, which can have the Best guarantee!

We hope you enjoy our extensive website, it has taken many years of research to produce. Please follow the links provided above and below and enjoy.

Please, click on "Paw Print" for links!

  Home Page!
  About Us!
  Llewellin Setter History!
  Dashing Bondhu History! 
  Why a Llewellin Setter? Q&A
  Our Llewellin Studs
  Our Llewellin Dams
  Llewellin Pups/Dogs Available!
  Life-Time Guarantee! 
  Training a Dashing Bondhu Pup!
  How we raise our pups
  Customer Testimonials!
  Who was Richard Llewellin?
  Who was William Humphrey?
  Llewellin Setter Registration
  Llewellin Setter Description
  Hunting Photo Gallery!
  Personal Comments

All our Llewellin Setters have been extensively Photographed, Tattooed, DNA swabbed for genetic identification and permanently identified
with registered Microchips.
Mountain View Kennel
Is registered LLC with the state of Kentucky, USA.

In Loving Memory of

Gun Dog Certified

Dez Young with Hank
GDC Henry PrinceOf Pause

God has truly blessed us with many amazing dogs, here are just
a few of our amazing pure Dashing Bondhu Llewellin Setters
who are no longer with us in the flesh, but are with us
everyday in memory and through their wonderful offspring.
Many are the foundation dogs of our breeding program.

Mountain View Kennel
Gun Dog Certified 
Dashing Blaze Bondhu 

Blaze was our first Dashing Bondhu Setter and was 100% Humphrey bred. She was out of Dashing Ringold Bondhu and Dashing Whitette Bondhu. She was the best bird dog we EVER seen in over 40 years of hunting, training, and breeding GREAT gun dogs, but unfortunately, we never got a pure Dashing Bondhu litter from her, but her genes are in every Setter we own today, She was an unbelievable NATURAL reliable bird dog, great mother, MY best friend and is why we are breeding these Setters today. She will always be missed and will NEVER be forgotten.
Mountain View Kennel
Gun Dog Certified 
Dashing Bondhu Blaze

She was a excellent NATURAL bird dog, outstanding mother, and best Friend. She was suppose to replace our great Blaze, and she did in every way. Unfortunately, she was lost at a young age through a freak accident and is gone but never forgotten.
Mountain View Kennel
Gun Dog Certified 
Dashing Bondhu Tonette

She was a GREAT little bird dog, OUTSTANDING reproducer, and an AWESOME Friend. Unfortunately, she was lost when she eat a farm spider I had knocked down in her kennel. Her daughter GDC Dashing Bondhu Toni has carried her unique Dashing Bondhu bloodline on her breeding. Gone but never forgotten.
Mountain View Kennel
Gun Dog Certified 
Dashing Bondhu Henrietta

She was the only female that was Double OLN's Hank Bred, an outstanding bird dog, great reproducer of beautiful pups, and a best friend. She is gone but never forgotten.
Mountain View Kennel
Gun Dog Certified
IrishKing Ashly Bondhu
Ashly was Double Bred H/F IrishKing Bondhu Ashly  (sire of OLN Hank) and was one of the best Stud dogs and beautiful, stylish Setters we have ever owned. He will be missed in the field, breeding pen, and as a best friend. Thank God we have an outstanding son GDC Dashing Bondhu Ashly (Quadruple Bred H/F IrishKing Bondhu Ashly , sire of OLN Hank) and several outstanding daughters like Bliss, Janie, to carry on his great breeding record.
Mountain View Kennel
Gun Dog Certified
Dashing Bondhu Freckles

Freckles was from our first litter of pure Dashing Bondhu Setters and was an awesome natural bird dog, great reproducer, loving mother and a best friend. Gone but not forgotten. They simply don't get any better than her.
Mountain View Kennel
Gun Dog Certified
Irish Chess Bondhu

Irish Chess was out of Dashing Chess Bondhu a litter-mate sister of our Blaze. They say you cannot teach an old dog, but she was not hunted until 6 years old when we got her, but she pointed, retrieved, and backed naturally and within a few hours in the field she was finding birds before other finished dogs could. She is the mother of DB Hank, DB Chess, and DB DutChess and many other outstanding pups. Excellent bird dog, exceptional reproducer, loving mother, and our best Friend! Always missed, but never forgotten.
Mountain View Kennel
Gun Dog Certified
Dashing Bondhu Princess

Princess was our second Dashing Bondhu female and what a NATURAL, pointing her first bird (pheasant) 40 feet off, holding solid and retrieving over a fence to my hand. Mother  of DB Prince, DB Babe, DB HanksRingo, DB Princette and many other outstanding pups around the world. Outstanding 100% natural bird dog, exceptional reproducer, loving mother, and my best friend. Is very missed, but never forgotten. She is a major part of our breeding program.

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On behalf of Vetary.com, I want to congratulate Mountain View Kennel
on having the
Best English (Llewellin) Setter Breeder

Vetary has analyzed top English (Llewellin) Setter breeders and cross referenced positive social mention data with top analytics platforms. Your site was a clear winner with U.S. pet owners over the last 12 months. For context, Vetary awards breeders with best-in-class online buzz, content, visuals, and most importantly, a strong cause and devotion toward their breed of dogs.

All documents, photographs and graphics are Copyright© 1996-2017 Mountain View Kennel, LLC. Background is a "PAINTING" of Dashing Blaze Bondhu, our first pure Dashing Bondhu Llewellin Setter, dedicated in her loving memory. We have been told by a dozen plus people that our "painting" of her, looks just like their Setter, both male and female that they have owned, this was simply my rendition of what Blaze looked like on point and everyone who knew her say it is right on!

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Michael J. Bloodgood