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Boykin Spaniel: Origin, Personality, Fitness & Health
Group: The Boykin
Spaniel belongs to the group of Gun Dogs or Sporting
Dogs that are adept at flushing and retrieving game.
This has been an AKC (American Kennel Club) FSS
(Foundation Stock Service) breed for many years.
Also Known As: Boykin Spaniel
is also referred to as simply Boykin.
About Boykin Spaniel
Country of Origin, History of the breed
The dog originated in the
United States of America in 1911. This is
the only dog that had been bred for South
Carolina hunters by South Carolinians.
At the turn of the twentieth
century one day after church service Mr. Alexander
L. White of Spartanburg, South Carolina had
seen a small brown dog like a spaniel that
was wandering around. It seemed that the dog
was stray and White decided to take the dog
to his home.
Soon White discovered that the
dog had a wonderful bird sense and great hunting
abilities. He handed the dog over to his hunting
partner Mr. L. Whitaker Boykin who named this male
dog “Dumpy”. Mr. Boykin bred the dog
with a female dog named “Singo” who
had been found abandoned in a train depot. The Boykin
Spaniel Dogs evolved from these dogs over the years
with crosses to American Water Spaniels, Springer
Spaniels, Cocker Spaniels, Setters, Labs, Pointers,
Beagles and Chesapeake Bay Retrievers. It is from
the name of Mr. Boykin that the breed’s name
has been derived.
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A General Description of the Dog
The Boykin Spaniel is a slightly
larger dog than the English Cocker Spaniel. It has
got a smaller, higher set ears covered with long
and wavy hair. It has got considerably less hair
than the Cocker Spaniel. Its muzzle is also straighter.
It has got a liver or chocolate colored coat. The
coat is waterproof and is rather wavy or curly.
The eyes of the dog are light to
dark brown and in harmony with the coat. They create
an alert, intelligent and trusting expression on
the face. The ears set slightly above the level
of the eye line lie flat and close to the head.
The nose is dark liver colored. Nostrils are well
opened and broad. This gives the Boykin added power
The dog’s neck is moderately
long, muscular and slightly arched at the crest.
It gradually merges into the sloping shoulders.
The Boykin has got well-boned strong legs that are
neither too long nor too short. Traditionally the
dog’s tail is docked when the dog is three
days old and a third of its length is left behind.
Male: Vary between 15 inches and
Female: Vary between 14 inches and 17 inches.
Male: Between 30 pounds and 40
Female: Between 25 pounds and 35 pounds.
Temperament of the Breed
As a definite working dog the Boykin
Spaniel has got superior retrieval instincts, enthusiasm
and endurance. The dogs are instinctive swimmers.
Whatever be the kind of aquatic environment they
can swim with equal agility. Since this is a southern-bred
dog the big water in colder places is not suitable
for the breed to swim in or wade through while acting
as a duck-hunting dog. There would be no problem
however if the dog’s coat is weather conditioned
or a neoprene jacket is available.
The dog has got a bright, docile,
pleasant and obedient temperament. It acts as an
intelligent, loyal and ever helpful companion. It
can be engaged in friendly sports like ball retrieving
in a similar manner as bird retrieving. The Boykin
Spinal Dogs are excellent pet as far as children
are concerned and may even outmatch the Cocker Spaniels
in this regard.
How active is the breed?
Boykin Dogs being working breeds
need a lot of exercising daily. Their primal instinct
is to walk and it must be ensured that they get
a long, brisk walk everyday apart from other exercises.
These dogs simply love to swim and should be allowed
to do so.
It is to be remembered that these
are very energetic dogs having high drives and adequate
exercising and accomplishing of tasks of all kinds
is a must for them. After all they need to burn
off their energy and keep fit.
Suitable for apartment
The Boykin dogs become adapted
to their lives as pets in apartments. However, they
need to be sufficiently exercised everyday. So,
it would be good if the home has a small yard.
Coat matting is a common problem
with Boykin Spaniels. In order to see to it that
the coat of the dog does not get matted brushing
of coat is to be done every few days.
Hip dysplasia is a common health
issue with the dogs. There have also been reported
few cases of Boykin Spaniels having cardiac problems,
patellar luxation, skin problems, under bite jaw
and elbow dysplasia. The dogs are prone to Spaniel
ear infections and need to be dried well if they
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