Mellow house dog and tenacious bird dog from the USA
The Boykin Spaniel breed has an unlikely start. One of the breed’s progenitors was a small Spaniel-type dog found near a church in Spartanburg, Tennessee. Alexander White was leaving the church service and saw the little dog and brought him home, naming him “Dumpy.” As it turned out, Dumpy showed a great deal of interest in hunting, so White had Whit Boykin, his good friend and hunting partner, see what he could do with the dog. With a little polishing, Dumpy turned into an exceptional retriever and turkey dog. Dumpy’s hunting abilities were so impressive that he was bred to Chesapeake Bay Retrievers, Springer Spaniels, old-type Cocker Spaniels, Springer Spaniels, and American Water Spaniels, with the offspring developing into what became known as the Boykin Spaniel.
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OTHER NAMES – Little Brown Dog, Swamp Poodle, Boykin
LIVING WITH THIS BREED
Small in stature, with stamina to spare, they’re not only an ideal gun dog, but a charming, lovable companion. They’re handsome, too, with a deep brown coat and soulful eyes. The Boykin Spaniel is a tough, energetic, and enthusiastic hunting dog, yet gentle and contented in the home. An affectionate and fiercely loyal personality is a hallmark of the breed, and Boykins make wonderful family pets. They thrive on companionship, enjoying the company of children and other dogs. have moderate to high energy and require lots of exercise every day. They do best with active people, regular exercise will help keep the Boykin healthy and happy. This can come in the form of long walks and play sessions. The Boykin’s medium-length, wavy coat requires only minimal maintenance. A weekly brushing will help to remove dirt and loose hair and keep him looking his best, and an occasional bath will help to keep him clean-smelling.
This information is taken from kennel clubs and other reliable sources
|COUNTRY OF ORIGIN||USA|
|PURPOSE BRED FOR||Hunting, Companion|
|TEMPERAMENT||Intelligent, Friendly, Loving|
|EXERCISE NEEDED||2 hours per day|
|HEIGHT – MALE||39-45 cm / 15.5-18 in (to shoulder)|
|HEIGHT – FEMALE||35.5-42 cm / 14-16.5 in (to shoulder)|
|COAT TYPE||Medium, Wavy|
|LIFE EXPECTANCY||10-15 years|
DID YOU KNOW?
- In South Carolina, September 1st has been denoted as Boykin Spaniel day.
- The Boykin’s tail is usually docked and this typically takes place by the age of three days old. Around 1/3 of the tail length is generally left. This process is illegal in some countries.
- Apartment life is not very well suited for this lively fellow. A large garden with plenty of human interaction or a wide-open farm or ranch is much more his style.
- Boykin Spaniels have webbed toes, which comes in handy as they are such water dogs!
- Leaving this dog alone for too long can lead to destructive behaviours, such as barking, digging, and more.
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WEBSITES ABOUT BOYKIN SPANIELS
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- The Boykin Spaniel Club of America
- The Boykin Spaniel Society
- Boykin Spaniel Rescue
- Carolina Boykin Spaniel Retriever Club
- Southern Boykin Spaniel Club
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