Boykin Spaniel

The Boykin Spaniel is a medium-sized hunting dog that originated in the United States and was developed in South Carolina to hunt various types of waterfowl. It is known by a handful of different names including the Boykin Spaniel, Boykin, Little Brown Dog, LBD and the Swamp Poodle. The Boykin Spaniel dates back to around 1905 when a man by the name of Alexander White gave a small spaniel to his friend Whit Boykin who lived in South Carolina. Whit named the dog Dumpy because of its short, thick body. Dumpy was an excellent bird dog, which led Boykin to begin experimenting with crossbreeding of the dog to other types of hunting breeds. It is thought that Boykin used such hunting dogs as Springer Spaniels, Chesapeake Bay Retrievers, Cocker Spaniels and American Water Spaniels in his breeding program. It was these early dogs that became the foundation stock for what Boykin dubbed the Boykin Spaniel. In 1977, the Boykin Spaniel Society was created, and they began maintaining a stud book in 1979.

The Boykin Spaniel is a medium-sized retriever that looks very similar to an English Cocker Spaniel, but is larger and heavier. They have a spaniel-type head with a broad, long muzzle and large, floppy ears. The average size for an adult Boykin Spaniel is about 25 to 40 pounds, with males being larger than females. These dogs have medium-length hair that is longer on the ears, chest, legs and tail. The coat can come in a variety of colors including liver, chocolate or dark brown. The muzzle is square-shaped, and the nose should be self-colored. The eyes of the Boykin are typically gold or amber. The tail can be either docked or left long. A long tail should be heavily feathered. The Boykin Spaniel's rounded ears are long, floppy, heavily feathered and should reach to the middle of the neck or just above the shoulders. Personality: Boykins are sweet, affectionate and gentle dogs that are very playful. They live to swim and enjoy running and playing outdoors. They need daily exercise in the form of long brisk walks, running, a romp in the yard or swimming. Most owners say that they have versatile personalities that vary from dog to dog, but they are usually docile, affectionate and good with children. Boykin Spaniels are incredibly energetic and enthusiastic dogs that are best for people who are highly active. These dogs are not happy living a sedentary lifestyle. While Boykins love playing games with older children, they do not have the patience for young children and toddlers. As a hunter, the Boykin's stamina is amazing. However, it can also excel in various other arenas such as flyball, agility, obedience and rally competitions. Other activities that Boykin Spaniels will love participating in include hiking, boating, kayaking and swimming. Boykin Spaniels are active, happy dogs that love taking part in various sports. They also enjoy playing with children, but they may not tolerate the antics of toddlers. If you lead an active lifestyle and are looking for a pet that can keep up with you, the Boykin Spaniel may be the dog for you!

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Breed Type
Pure
Origin
United States
Function
Life Span
10-14 Years
Hypoallergenic
No
Other Names
Boykin, Little Brown Dog, LBD, Swamp Poodle, Boykin Spaniel

Boykin Spaniel Build Information

Size
Medium
Length (Male)
13-20 in.
Length (Female)
14-16 in.
Weight
26 - 40 lbs
Litter Size
5 - 10 Puppies
Tail Dock or Crop
Docked
Preferred Climate
Any Climate

The Boykin Spaniel is a medium-sized retriever that looks very similar to an English Cocker Spaniel, but is larger and heavier. They have a spaniel-type head with a broad, long muzzle and large, floppy ears. The average size for an adult Boykin Spaniel is about 25 to 40 pounds, with males being larger than females. These dogs have medium-length hair that is longer on the ears, chest, legs and tail. The coat can come in a variety of colors including liver, chocolate or dark brown.

The muzzle is square-shaped, and the nose should be self-colored.

The eyes of the Boykin are typically gold or amber. The tail can be either docked or left long. A long tail should be heavily feathered. The Boykin Spaniel's rounded ears are long, floppy, heavily feathered and should reach to the middle of the neck or just above the shoulders.

Behaviour and Personality

Kid Friendliness
Affection Level
Activity Level
Energy Level
Independant
Good to Other Pets
Dominating or Submissive?
Guardian Skills
Barking
Aggressiveness Level

Boykins are sweet, affectionate and gentle dogs that are very playful. They live to swim and enjoy running and playing outdoors. They need daily exercise in the form of long brisk walks, running, a romp in the yard or swimming. Most owners say that they have versatile personalities that vary from dog to dog, but they are usually docile, affectionate and good with children. Boykin Spaniels are incredibly energetic and enthusiastic dogs that are best for people who are highly active. These dogs are not happy living a sedentary lifestyle. While Boykins love playing games with older children, they do not have the patience for young children and toddlers.

As a hunter, the Boykin's stamina is amazing.

However, it can also excel in various other arenas such as flyball, agility, obedience and rally competitions. Other activities that Boykin Spaniels will love participating in include hiking, boating, kayaking and swimming. Boykin Spaniels are active, happy dogs that love taking part in various sports. They also enjoy playing with children, but they may not tolerate the antics of toddlers. If you lead an active lifestyle and are looking for a pet that can keep up with you, the Boykin Spaniel may be the dog for you!

Appearance

Colors
Chocolate Liver
Shedding
Moderate
Grooming
Medium Maintenance
Coat Type
Feathered

The Boykin Spaniel requires a moderate amount of grooming. You will need to brush its coat with a wire pin brush or bristle brush two or three times a week to keep it tangle-free. Additionally, since the Boykin is susceptible to ear infections, you will want to check its ears regularly for redness or foul odors. When checking the ears, if you notice any excessive wax accumulation, you can wipe it out using a clean, damp cloth.

You will only need to bathe your Boykin once or twice each month if needed.

If it becomes necessary to cut your pet's nails, you can do so using a pliers-style nail clipper. However, take extra care not to cut into the tiny veins that are inside each nail.

Breed's Talents and Facts

Training
Very easy to train
Hunting Companion
Yes
Jolly for Jogging
Yes
Sighting Capabilities
No
Ideal for Tracking
Yes
Retrieving Skills
Yes
Pointing Breed
No
Herding Skills
No
Dutiful Watchdog
No
Security Guard Capable
No
Police Performer
No
Wet Water rescues
No
Assist Disable Owners
No
Dog Sledding
No
Able to Perform Dog Carting
No
Agile/Zippy
Yes
Fun with Lure Coursing
No
Obedient
Yes
Possible Schutzhund Work
No
Trainable for Tricks
Yes
  • The Boykin Spaniel is South Carolina's state dog
  • While the Boykin is a sporting dog, the American Kennel Club classifies it as a miscellaneous breed
  • Boykin Spaniels are not recommended for people who have such small household pets as cats, rodents, rabbits or birds
  • Their glossy coats are medium to long in length and wavy; it usually come in liver or brown and needs regular attention because it may form mats if it is not brushed regularly
  • Check the ears regularly to prevent infection

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Common Health Conditions in Boykin Spaniels

The majority of Boykin Spaniels are extremely healthy dogs that can live anywhere between 14 and 16 years or longer. Nevertheless, there are a handful of health issues that the breed may be prone to developing, and you can find the most common of these conditions listed below: Hip Dysplasia, Various Eye Problems, Patellar Luxation, Hypothyroidism, Cushing\'s Disease, Ear Infections, Skin Allergies and Various Heart Problems.

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