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Houdini Llewellin Setters, LLC - Minnesota Llewellin Setter Breeders

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About Houdini Llewellin Setters, LLC

Dedicated to breeding healthy, field tested, intelligent gun dogs that are also wonderful calm family pets. .

These gun dogs make great pheasant, chuckar, quail and grouse hunting partners, they work for you NOT for themselves in the field.†

All my breeding stock has been health checked and screened to produce only the best.† DNA registered Llewellin Setters - FDSB registered, NOT IPBDA the "created" registry.

I am continually trying to improve my breeding program by evaluating what other breeders have in their kennel, if I like what I see I may incorporate a certain line into my breeding program. Our dogs are not only hunted but a number of my foundation stock are field trialed in the American Field and AKC Field Trials and Hunt Tests. Most of the foundation stock have field trial placements, hunt test titles and the cream of the crop are all out of my American Field CH. Arties Royal Mac. At this time Mac is one of three living llewellins in the USA that is a true AF Champion. I believe he still has the most Amercian Field horseback placements of any living llewellin setter so far. Not only is Mac an AF CH. in walking trials he also has a horse back AKC Field Champion (FC) title and is a point short of his AFC title. These same dogs that compete and place in the field trial arena against all breeds are intelligent enough to adapt to hunting the 30 acre hunting preserve field that requires the 50 to 70 yard dog vs. the 300+ yard field trial dog when hunted on horseback. I feel it is very important to start with not only hunt proven dogs but Field Trial proven dogs, the way the Field Dog Stud Book (FDSB) intended when it started back in 1874. Look around you will see some of the next generation llewellin kennels and llewellins running in American Field are from my foundation stock, so I must be doing something right.
Hunting Dog Breeds Raised
Llewellin Setter
Additional Services
Hunting, Training, Stud Services, Boarding
Breeder Contact Info
Randy J Herman
9460 Elmore Ave.
Lonsdale, Minnesota 55046
Breeding quality gun dogs for over 20 years.
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Submitted by: Chris Vesperman on Oct 02, 2014
Awesome breeder! My first dog ever. Got a male Llewellin from Randy and have been so happy!

We have two kids 7 & 6 and they (and their friends) pile on the dog and play and he just loves it. I've had many questions about training, first aid, you name it and Randy has been so helpful. Pheasant hunt and grouse hunt and he's got great drive, very smart, very trainable...then get him home and he's a sweetheart, cuddler! Took him out to SD last year on his first 'big' hunt right after his 2nd birthday, after the first day one of the regulars asked if I'd trade him for his lab! :-) They couldn't believe his ability, from a newbie dog owner such as myself.

We often put his bed in the kids rooms and he loves to sleep with them. Can't say enough...Great dogs, Great breeder!!!
Submitted by: Mike Ramsey on Sep 26, 2014
I have owned Llewellins since 1975 from a number of sources. Randy Herman at Houdini was the most helpful and thorough in all aspects of the transaction. The pup I purchased arrived here on the west coast in perfect condition and already socialized! The pup was hunting at 5 months on sage grouse in harsh conditions with success. At 6 months she had held pheasants and chukars (my favorite) in northern Nevada and at 10 months merns quail in Arizona. She is now 17 months and has been successful on sage grouse again. The dog is the best hunter I have owned and exhibits natural ability for finding and holding birds. As for family life she is a dream. I knew when I picked up the pup at the airport that Randy had spent considerable effort to socialize her. It was great to receive updated videos of the litter at play. She arrived at the airport relaxed and ready to play rather than the usual freighted little fuz ball. I would most certainly buy another pup from Houdini Llewellin Setters for both the quality of the dogs and the first class service.
Submitted by: Robin Krueger on Sep 05, 2014
I own two setters from Houdini Llewellin Setters. They are amazing dogs and hunters. The process of buying these puppies was easy and a pleasure. Mr. Hermanís kennel is in an area near me so I was able to stop and meet the litter. He listened to my needs and helped me pick a perfect dog. I was so pleased with the first Setter, we reserved another pup from the next litter. I was able to pick up the puppies and it was an easy exchange. I was giving all the pups papers and lots of information on registration and how to set up the locating chip which I had put in both dogs. Randy Herman and Houdini Llewellin Setters, LLC has get setters and you will be very pleased with the dogs you get there.
Robin Krueger

Submitted by: Lee Clancy on Sep 01, 2014
I came to Randy and Houdini Llewellin Setters (HLS) to simply purchase a gun dog. What my family and I got in return was something that we truly had not expected. From the moment I spoke to Randy on the phone inquiring about puppies for sale, I could sense the true passion he has for these dogs and breeding the best Llewellin Setter possible. But, Randyís passion alone wasnít enough to convince me that HLS was the right breeder for my family. What truly sold me on HLS was how business decisions are made on the best possible outcome for the customer AND the dog, even if those decisions may impact the bottom line. Randy loves these dogs, cares greatly where they end up, and that they will have a long and fulfilled life.

Another major benefit of working with Houdini Llewellin Setters has been the ease of access to information. Randy has always been easy to contact with training questions, food needs, help with hunting gear, and recommendations for professional trainers and shooting preserves. I never expected to get this much help from a breeder.

And most importantly, the dog that I received from Randy has been EXTRAORDINARY. Houdiniís Upland Chase (Chase) is an absolute machine when heís in the field and a complete joy to have in the home. Heís calm, polite, was easy to train and is a lot of fun to be around. So, thank you Houdini Llewellin Setters for not only an amazing hunting dog but a new best friend.

Submitted by: Greg Berkey on Sep 01, 2014
Three years ago I bought a female Llewellin Setter from Randy Herman. She is mostly white with some orange and is out of his dog Artie's Royal Mac. She house trained without and problems, has always had a lot of prey drive, very intelligent, learning fast and retaining what she has learned.
She has a lot of point and great style both running and pointing. She is put together well. She is everything I had hoped for and Randy said she would be. Randy took the time to answer my questions, and he is concerned about raising healthy pups.

Submitted by: Jeffrey C. Le Doux on Aug 31, 2014

Patch, (pictured above) came to our attention when we lost our English Setter in 2012. Randy was very helpful in pointing out the differences between the "English" and Llewellin Setters.

As you can see he has grown up a bit, and this was taken at a NAVHDA training clinic. He now is steady on point, steady to flush, wing and shot. Once the bird is down his retrieving is excellent. He is definitely a complete package. He has scored a prize one in natural ability in a NAVHDA test. He swims well, will retrieve a live duck in the water and bring it to hand.
Houdini Llewellin setters allowed us to use his Kennel name, so this guy is Houdini's Patch of Redgate for an official name. He came to live with us here in Maine where he is trained, tested and hunted. He lives in the house with us, and is a delightful companion as well as the local watch captain. Not only do I recommend Houdini Llewellin Setters as a reputable breeder of delightful dogs, but we have purchased a female from them to start our own breeding program. Randy was very careful to select a female that he felt would fit in with our dog and program. We look forward to her arrival on the 20th of September.
They have certainly exceeded expectations both from providing us with information and treating us very well in purchasing both dogs.
Jeffrey Le Doux

Submitted by: Gary swanson on Aug 31, 2014
Very pleased,takes the time to get to know what you are looking for and will give you his opinion on which pup will fit your wants,randy really does care about his dogs and it shows,he was quick to answer the many questions and concerns my wife and I had as we have never worked with a pointer before,our dog impressed people where ever we go and has impressed many with his fantastic temperment and his ability to learn so quickly much has just come natural to him, I would strongly recommend Houdini kennels and if ever looking for another setter would look no further great dog randy
Submitted by: mary susan johnston on Aug 30, 2014
I purchased a Llewellin puppy from Randy Herman in the summer of 2013. I already had an older Llewellin and decided it was finally time for a second dog. Randy is a top notch breeder and I couldn't ask for a better dog. From the first time I called him to ask about his puppies to the day I came to pick up Bailey, Randy answered all my questions and provided me with all the information I needed. My Bailey is now a year and three months and he is an amazing dog. He is so affectionate and smart and I can't imagine my life without him. If you are looking for a top quality dog, I highly recommend Houdini Llewellin Setters.
Mary Susan Johnston
Mankato, MN
Submitted by: Paul Fay on Feb 07, 2010
I was looking for another bird dog to step in for my aging lab when I decided to go with a setter. I am very glad I did. We purchased our Llewellin setter from Houdini Llewellin setters in June of 2009. We had called several breeders, but after talking to the folks at Houdini and hearing how much they cared about their dogs and their breeding program we decided to go with them. Sophie came from their Lady/Buster litter. We were always kept informed of the litters progress on a weekly basis which put any concerns we may have had to rest. Our Sophie was very well socialized when we finally received her at the end of August. She is very intelligent and confident, the makings of a good bird dog. I've been taking Sophie hunting since she was 5 months old and she already has pointed several different species of birds. At the end of December, when the roosters are the smartest, we had a great pheasant hunt where we harvested two roosters one day due to her hard work and solid points. There is no doubt in my mind that we made the right choice by getting our Sophie from Houdini. When asked if I would get another Houdini Llewellin Setter my answer is yes, with out reservation. The folks at Houdini have been great to work with and are always ready to answer any questions that I may have. I can't say more than that they care about their dogs ,and we are glad they do.
Submitted by: Steven Guanzini on Feb 16, 2007
When I finally decided to go with a Llewellin, Houdini Llewellins was the first and last stop I made. This is the first hunting dog that I have purchased for myself and was a little sceptical about the entire thing. After talking with Houdini, they made my feel as if I was doing the right thing. Every question I had, from hunting style, to the dame and sire, was answered very quickly. I was not worried about being pushed away due to the amount of questions I had pertaining to these dogs. I was graciously invited to see the dogs work in the field and the they "spoke" for themselves. Not only was my wife impressed by their social attitude, but the way they hunt is extremely impressive. Working with Houdini has been the best possible puppy buying experience I could have imagined. The only problem is that I had to wait so long to bring home such an adorable and loving puppy.
Thank you very much Houdini.

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