Severnsett English Setters, Worcestershire, England

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About us

Our first setter was an Irish Setter who we were lucky to have for over 15 years during the time my three boys were growing up.  When we lost her, we felt we could not have another Irish as we would be comparing her with Tessa. The search then began for our next dog.

It was 1986 when we had our first English Setter, a tri-coloured bitch called Tweed (Bournehouse Pretty as Paint)  I was lucky to meet someone who lived close by who had three English Setters and she was very kind in helping me with trimming etc.  Although we tried to show her, she didn’t take to it and in 1989 I had my first litter from her.  She had six dogs and one orange bitch, Zoe, who we kept. Severnsett English Setters was born, named after the seven puppies we had and because we lived in close proximity to the River Severn.

In 1999, having lost Tweed, I yearned for a blue belton English Setter and eventually purchased Bella (Northpoint Sinamay at Severnsett) from Mrs Wick in Norfolk (pictured above, centre). She is our kennel’s foundation bitch and was my very first show dog.

Having always had bitches we decided to have our first dog and he was purchased from Mrs Grimsdell 'Tattersett Love Legend at Severnsett' (Jaffa) (pictured opposite).

After several years trying to mate Bella without success, we were lucky to have one litter by Bournehouse Royal Colours in February 2005 of only three puppies. We were thrilled when their sire gained Reserve Best in Show at Crufts in March 2005!  We kept a tri-coloured dog, Sebastian, (Severnsett Rum ‘n Black JW) and a blue bitch (now Sh Ch Severnsett Dancing Queen) and together with my son, Nick, starting showing them in earnest.  Sebastian had an amazing start for Nick gaining his Junior Warrant and then obtaining 2 Challenge Certificates and 2 Reserves and we got the ‘bug’!

Darcy (now Sh Ch Severnsett Dancing Queen) had a litter of seven puppies by Bournehouse Silver Dreamer in November 2007 and we kept Dennis (Severnsett Mask of Zorro) (pictured left) who has joined the show team.

After maternity leave of a good year, we took her back in the ring and it was then when her showing career took off.  She gained her title in October 2010 (our first homebred champion!) and now has five Challenge Certificates, four Best of Breeds and five Reserve CC’s to her name (pictured right).

We are only a small kennel (currently owning five English Setters) and only breed occasionally.  I dearly hope to have another litter from Darcy in 2012.


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