Dr. Scott “Doc” and Caitlin own and operate Ankeny Animal & Avian Clinic in Ankeny, Iowa. Doc has been a veterinarian for 35 years. We bought our first setter in 1996. Doc’s thought at the time was “I’ve never met a setter as a patient that I wouldn’t take home as a pet.” Caitlin was only too happy to greet the arrival of their first Llewellin who proved not only to be a marvelous pet but an amazing hunter for Doc.
We started out in the city with one Llewellin Setter but it quickly became apparent that one was not enough so we moved to the country to have two or three. Thirteen years later we built a beautiful kennel and added the French Brittany. We wanted a little smaller pointing dog that was easy to haul over a fence and still a great pet. We found that in the French Brittany. All of our dogs are house pets.
Hunting and training bird dogs became Doc’s passion and Caitlin’s enthusiasm for puppies has led us to this point. We are a small hobby kennel – having a limited number of litters yearly. Our requirement for breeding stock is that the setters are FDSB registered, the Brittany UKC, they housebreak readily, make friends for us at our pet hospital, and hunt better than Doc’s buddies’ dogs! Additionally we border on obsessive about the quality of our dog’s hips as we know this is the number one genetic problem with Llewellin Setters.