The Boykin Spaniel dog breed is known for his hunting skills, but he makes just as good a companion to a family as to a hunter, thanks to his smarts and his friendly confidence.
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The Boykin Spaniel originated in South Carolina in the early 1900s. A small dog was found near a church in Spartanburg and taken in by one of the families attending service. The family sent the dog to Mr. L. Whitaker Boykin, who was friend of theirs as well as an avid hunter. Boykin used the dog to develop a small, hardy breed that could hunt duck in the water and turkey in the field. It is believed that he used the Chesapeake Bay Retriever, Springer Spaniel, Cocker Spaniel and American Water Spaniel to create what is now known as the Boykin Spaniel.
The Boykin Spaniel is highly social and outgoing. The Boykin Spaniel adores their family and gets along well with everyone including new people, children and other dogs. Boykin Spaniels are hard to resist with their charming, sweet personalities. They thrive on time with their family and love to interact with them. Boykin Spaniels make great family companions, but are less than ideal protectors simply because they are so friendly.
The Boykin spaniel is a medium-sized brown dog with a spaniel's floppy ears and a deep liver-brown coat. The coat is medium in length and moderately curly. Some of the fringe of the coat is a lighter red color. Legend has it that the spaniel's brown coat was bred in to provide camouflage as he lay against the earth during the hunt. The Boykin spaniel is a sturdy but agile dog of medium build. The female is 14 to 16 inches and the male is 15 to 18 inches. Average weight is between 25 to 40 pounds (11 to 18 kilograms).
Hunters like the Boykin’s go-all-day stamina and his biddable nature. Those characteristics translate well to agility, flyball, rally and obedience competitions, as well as hunt tests. If you’re not into dog sports, but want to keep your Boykin active, take him hiking, canoeing, kayaking or boating. He’s made to fit in little boats, after all. He loves to swim and would make a good partner if you enjoy standup paddleboarding or surfing. If you’re looking for a couch potato kind of dog, move along. The Boykin is not for you.
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Like many of the sporting breeds, Boykin spaniels make the transition from hunting companion to family pet easily. Stamina even in hot weather and eagerness to please make this a favorite among hunters in the field, but the Boykin is just as enjoyable at home. His compact size allows a family on the go to include their Boykin on many outings. He will need lots of exercise as the breed seems to have boundless energy.
Bred to be a hunter, the Boykin Spaniel is highly active and has lots of endurance. The Boykin Spaniel is not a dog for couch potatoes and needs a long daily walk as well as regular time outside in a secure area to run around and play.
The Boykin Spaniel has a desire to learn coupled with high intelligence and an eagerness to please. This breed is easy to train and especially enjoys having a job to do. The Boykin Spaniel can do well in obedience and agility competitions.
The Boykin Spaniel has a double coat. The outer coat is medium in length and is flat or slightly wavy, while the undercoat is short and dense. Overall, the Boykin Spaniel’s coat can be slightly wavy or flat and its color can be brown or liver, with little white patches on chest and toes. An average shedder, the Boykin Spaniel’s glossy coat needs to be brushed three to four times a week.
The Boykin Spaniel has a soft coat that can be flat, curly or wavy. The Boykin Spaniel just needs to be brushed once a week and bathed when dirty. The Boykin Spaniel’s coat can be trimmed or clipped for easier management and moving through the field. Like all dogs, the Boykin Spaniel also needs basic grooming. Brush their teeth, clean their ears and trim their nails on a regular basis.
The Boykin Spaniel is a relatively healthy breed, but it does suffer from a few common ailments. One of the most common health issues is hip dysplasia, which can cause lameness. Eye problems, such as cataracts, as well as ear infections are also seen in this breed. Skin and coat problems may present and may be linked to thyroid or endocrine disorders, and Cushing’s disease and hypothyroidism are also known to occur in this breed.