The Ryman Line of English Setter

Hankie alert (but in a sweet way):

We consulted breed experts to make sure we would be accurate in suggesting that the Nancy’s dogs in the video are Ryman English Setters, a line of “gentlemen’s foot hunting” setters developed by George Ryman during the first half of the 1900s. Ryman used crosses of early show and field trial/Llewellin lines to create his distinct type of setter famous for needing little training and working closer than other setters. Early show lines gave these setters a classic head with a square muzzle, while field trial and Llewellin lines gave them a more athletic body that could move efficiently through bush. Rymans are usually ticked with color all over, and have attractive, but modest feathering.

It’s said that true Rymans have been gone since George Ryman’s death, but that his “type” of setter has been kept going by a small network of dedicated breeders, most of them serious hunters who breed the dogs to suit their needs in field performance.  As far as we can tell, this had lead to a variety of sizes and appearance, all fitting under a larger umbrella term of “Ryman-type.”

In the words of George Ryman, they are “…the kind that are fit to shoot over in the field on game, and the kind that are fit to look at or have about the home the balance of the year and be appreciated.” 

There is one English Setter breed, but in the interest of passing along information, we’re sharing a type found within the breed.

Ryman English Setter by Andrew Lawlor is available as a print here.

2 thoughts on “The Ryman Line of English Setter”

  1. I have two Ryman-Llewellin dogs. Jenny-Mae 3 years old and Rocky-Raccoon 9 years old and Uncle to Jenny-Mae. Before Jenny-Mae came along we owned Missy-Pistol Aunt too Rock-Raccoon. Missy-Pistol was diagnosed with a tumor the size of her abdomen. Sadly we had her put down. The vet said if the tumor burst she would die a painful death 😥 We never want another breed 😁 We couldn’t Love our dogs and the breed any more!

    • There is nothing like hearing from actual owners, Cynthia, thank you for sharing your insights, and we’re so sorry for Missy-Pistol’s passing. Her name suggests a dog who was very much loved.

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