What is a class bird dog?

 At Blue Wing Kennel, we believe that we as breeders have an incredible responsibility to both our breeds and to our clients. There are so many factors that are part of what it means to be a class bird dog. Success in our business is measured in a variety of ways from productive points to steadliness to wing and shot; in addition, a class bird dog must have a strong build, impressive stamina and longevity, good health, a gentle but strong temperament in the kennel and at home. And last but not least, class bird dogs must have a little special something: style.

“...he gives the connoisseur of bird dog class a thrill every time he is put down. Remarkably fast and attractively gaited; phenomenal in the way he stays to the front; kindly in handling response even at extreme distances; applying himself purposefully as he hunts hard at all times; possessed of an accurate, positive sense of location, plus strong, confident character in his sculpturesque points...the epitome of class…” WIlliam F. Brown 


Finest Genetics Available

If you want to eat the best chocolate torte, you bake the best bittersweet chocolate into it that money can buy. If you want to produce a class bird dog, you spend years researching pedigrees, following results of championships, collaborating with other breeders, and sorting through hundreds of dogs in order to select pairings. Our goal is to bring out the traits that epitomize class and promote the betterment of the breed. The Llewellin Setter gene pool is smaller than that of the broader breed of English Setters, but that doesn’t mean that we settle for lower standards in our Llewellin foundation dogs. We evaluate our dogs on wild birds, and we train on foot and horseback, running Llewellins braced with English Pointers and English Setters. 


Started Dogs

A class bird dog begins like any other: as puppies. Puppies and young dogs need solid mentoring and exposure to birds to develop into thrilling class bird dogs. To give them the best shot at excellig, we begin neurological stimulation at 2 weeks of age. Then, a few weeks later, we begin building a foundation with short walks and handling; by the time they’re a few months old, our pups are pointing pigeons in the yard and during their first summer season we bring them to summer camp to chase wild birds on the prairie. 


One of the best litters we’ve ever had the pleasure to produce consisted of Rock (owned by Michael Plate), Rita (owned by Nate Wefel), and Sky, who we are keeping for further development and evaluation, was whelped on November 9, 2016. These pups not only inherited their dam’s (Blizzard’s Bomberstrong Diva) steadfast composure, smooth and fast gait, and high, straight tail, but all of them also are taller than their dam and sire (White Rock Boulder Dash). Sky spent her first summer camp with Blue Wing Kennel finding and pointing wild prairie chicken, sharptail grouse, pheasant, and Hungarian partridge. When prairie grouse season opens in South Dakota in just a few short weeks, we are extremely excited to see what this young-started dog is capable of as we test her mettle. Make sure to follow our journey!