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"100% Mr. Llewellin's personal Dashing Bondhu Setters"
"The Ultimate Foot-hunting Bird-dogs ever developed"
"Unequaled style, ability, & history that no other breed 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 or out of the field or woods"
"Also known as Buddy Dogs that love to hunt"

"Best Bloodlines, Best Pups, Best Guarantee" 
"Life-Time Satisfaction Guarantee!"

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The Dogs 1st Hunt!
November 1st, 2007

Here are some of our pure Dashing Bondhu Llewellin's Setters all on their 1st hunt ever! Opening day, Dogs were 13-15 months old without any previous 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 :)

Welcome to Mountain View Kennel, LLC.

We specialize 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 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"

  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 . Also, some are available at Amazon.com . It is my opinion that these are the finest quality, professional videos of bird hunting ever produced and are simply the the most accurate example of Sir Llewellin's pure Dashing Bondhu bloodlines.

"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 of 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 Gun Dog Certifying their pointing dogs, but so far we are the only Kennel that is Gun Dog Certifying ALL our Setters before breeding them. Beware some Kennels are mentioning Gun Dog Certification on their websites, but none or very few of their dogs have actually been certified. If their dog does not have the letters "GDC" in front of their name, then their dog has not been certified and does not have the title. All our Setters have received this title

Please be 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. 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, 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.

Also, please BEWARE of Kennels advertising or promoting that their dogs are "DNA proven to be pure Llewellin Setters" or are the "Purest Llewellin's". 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 dogs pedigree. 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 their pedigrees correct.

I think it is IRONIC that breeder's are attempting to use the fact that FDSB continues to NOT TRUST ANY OF THEM without DNA proving each and EVERY puppy, as a good reason to purchase their pups. 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, before the DNA problems in FDSB were even a dream. Please note those Setters with the DNA problem were NEVER registered in IPDBA and there has not been any DNA problems in IPDBA registry and is why IPDBA trust their breeders and has all the pure Llewellin Setter bloodlines left in the world.  In fact, since our pure Dashing Bondhu bloodline linage are 100% from Mr. Llewellin's personal Setters that he developed for 50+ years, they should be the DNA Base Line used to compare all other Llewellin Setter 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, 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 now the LARGEST Llewellin's Setter Kennel 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.

Guns For Sale!

We do not buy and sell guns, but we currently have a few quality shotguns to sell or trade from our personal collection

  • Richland Arms Model 200  20 ga. Side/Side Double, Old gun with Newly finished stock, wear on bluing but no rust, clean bore, tight lock, shoots great up to 3" shells, selling online for $600-$750, will sell for $500 firm. This is the best side by side I have ever shot, everyone who shot it (5 of us) shot 10 for 10 clay birds.
  • Franchi Diamond 20 ga. Over/Under Double with original Franchi hard case, three chokes (I, M, F), and tube wrench. Found selling online for $1000.00 – $1200. used, priced to you only $950.00 firm.  Lightly used less than 100 shells shot through it in excellent condition. Only selling because I purchased a 20ga/28ga combo O/U.
  • Rugar Red Label 28 ga. Over/Under Double with English grip with original box, manual, and several chokes, same gun selling online for $1500.- $1600. used , price $1200.00 firm. This is the gun I have been using for the last three seasons and is in excellent condition. Has 2 skeet, 1 IC O, 1 Mod, & 1 Full choke tubes, tube wrench, original box, etc.  I will really miss this gun, but Marie said I need to sell some if I purchased the 28ga/20ga combo O/U.
  • Newer Browning Auto-5 "Sweet Sixteen" 16 ga. Semi-Automatic, not made in Belgium (selling for $2600. & up used), but a beautifully made gun that looks and feels identical. Two-barrel set (Slug barrel & Ventilated ribbed barrel with Mod. choke tube). Also, tapped for scope and  has scope mount. This same made gun selling online for $1600.00 without extra barrel or scope mount used, our price with everything only $1200.00 firm.
      Ask for pictures or come see in person. Shipping available $30. extra  in lower 48 or $45. extra to Alaska to a FFL Dealer near you.

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All our Llewellin Setters have been extensively Photographed, Tattooed, DNA swabbed for genetic identification and permanently identified
with registered Microchips.
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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 

She was an unbelievable bird dog, mother, best friend and is why we are breeding these dogs today.
Mountain View Kennel
Gun Dog Certified 
Dashing Bondhu Blaze

She was a excellent bird dog, mother, and best Friend. Gone but never forgotten.
Mountain View Kennel
Gun Dog Certified 
Dashing Bondhu Tonette

She was a great bird dog, great reproducer, and Friend. Gone but not forgotten. Her daughter GDC Dashing Bondhu Toni will carry on her breeding. 
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

She 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

Out of Dashing Chess Bondhu (litter-mate sister of our Blaze). She is the mother of DB Hank, DB Chess, and DB DutChess. 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

Mother of DB Prince, DB Babe, DB HanksRingo. Outstanding 100% natural bird dog, exceptional reproducer, loving mother, and a best friend. Is very missed, but never forgotten.

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All documents, photographs and graphics are Copyright© 1996-2015 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 half dozen people that our "painting" of her, looks just like their Setter, both male and female that they have owned, this was my rendition of what Blaze looked like on point and everyone who knew her say it is right on!

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