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Boykin Spaniel : Encyclopedia of Dog Breeds; Boykin Spaniel Ratings: Ease of Training: 8 /10 Intelligence: 7 /10 Shedding: 5 /10 Watchdog: 3 /10 Guard Dog: 1 /10 Popularity: 4 /10 Size: 4 /10 Agility: 6 /10 Good with Kids: 10 /10 Boykin Spaniel Attributes: Life Expectancy: 14-16 years Litter Size: 5-7 puppies Group: Sporting Dogs Recognized ... Boykin Spaniel

Boykin Spaniel

Boykin Spaniel

Boykin Spaniel

Boykin Spaniel Ratings:

Ease of Training: 8/10
Intelligence: 7/10
Shedding: 5/10
Watchdog: 3/10
Guard Dog: 1/10
Popularity: 4/10
Size: 4/10
Agility: 6/10
Good with Kids: 10/10

Boykin Spaniel Attributes:

Life Expectancy: 14-16 years
Litter Size: 5-7 puppies
Group: Sporting Dogs
Color: The Boykin Spaniel color is solid - rich liver, brown or dark chocolate. A small amount of white on chest or toes is permitted. No other white markings are allowed.
Hair Length: Medium
Size: Small, Medium
Shedding: Moderate Shed
Male Height: 15.5-18 inches (39-46 cm)
Male Weight: 30-40 pounds (13.5-18 kg)
Female Height: 14-16.5 inches (35.5-42 cm)
Female Weight: 25-35 pounds (11-16 kg)
Living Area:
The Boykin Spaniel will do okay in an apartment if they are adequately exercised. A small yard is sufficient.

Complete information about Boykin Spaniel Breed:

Overview :

Boykin Spaniel was specifically bred to hunt the swampy areas of South Carolina. During the early 1900s trains, wagons and of course wooden boats afforded South Carolina hunters access to the game rich swampy areas along the banks of the Wateree River. Hunters those days use section boats that would fit into a wagon or in the baggage car of the train. These boats are reassembled and held together by bolts. As the boat is pretty small, hunters would favor a small and compact dog that would fit in the boat along with all the hunting gears. Heavy weight retrievers would be a drawback. South Carolina hunters found the Boykin Spaniel is most suited for this purpose. These dogs are pretty small-about 30 to 40 pounds but they are considered to be strong swimmers. A Boykin Spaniel is valued for its excellent flushing and retrieving abilities. Because of its compact build and its excessive liking for water the dog can easily find and flush out game hiding in thick and heavy underbrush. They have an acute sense of smell that enables them to easily locate wild game. The Boykin Spaniel became an important hunter dog as the dog's size would easily fit in the boat. More importantly, although pretty small, the dog is strong enough to retrieve wild ducks and turkeys. First and foremost a Boykin Spaniel is a hunting dog but this breed can be an excellent companion and they make wonderful and loyal family pet. They have this inherent eagerness to please. They are an intelligent breed. This is why they excel in obedience and agility classes. Although hunters give more value to the Boykin Spaniel's prowess to hunt, the dog's appearance can not be faulted. The curly and wavy liver or brown colored coat is glossy and smooth. The yellow or amber colored eyes would look at you with a "come here and pet me look". This dog that would sit quietly in a boat could also look enchanting sitting serenely in the drawing room or by the fire with a "top knot" adorning its regal head.

Boykin Spaniel History :

The Boykin Spaniel breed is believed to have descended from a stray named Dumpy. During the early 19th century, it was reported that a stray followed a banker Alexander L. White (1860-1942) and his family on their way to the First Presbyterian Church in Spartanburg South Carolina. When Alexander White went out of the church the dog is still there so he took the stray home and named it Dumpy. As Alexander White already owns several dogs, he sent Dumpy to his friend and hunting buddy. L. W. "Whit" Boykin, a planter, a land appraiser and a noted sportsman have long wanted to find a solution to the problem they have in their Wateree hunting trips, that of a suitable dog which will easily fit in the boat together with the guns and other hunting supplies. Dumpy seems to fit the bill as it was found out that the dog has exceptional flushing and retrieving abilities. Dumpy was bred with a female dog found in an unclaimed crate at the Camden Railroad Station. The small curly haired spaniel type dog was named Singo. Dumpy and Singo became the foundation stock of the present day Boykin Spaniel. The Boykin named was taken from Whit Boykin, the breed's developer. The American Water Spaniel, the Cocker Spaniel, the Chesapeake Bay retriever are believed to be the other ancestors of this breed. Boykin Spaniels were breed by hunters specifically to hunt wild turkey along the banks of the Wateree River. These dogs have adapted well not only to the marshes but also to the dove fields. These dogs have proven their worth in flushing and retrieving wild game. Today Boykin Spaniels grace the homes of modern day hunters as they are proven to be loyal and intelligent pets of the family.

Boykin Spaniel Temperament and Character :

Docile, pleasant and obedient. An intelligent and loyal companion. Their trademark yellow/amber eyes that they stare expectantly into your eyes are often commented upon as if the dog is asking “What do you want me to do next?” The Boykin Spaniel is a fantastic swimmer. They enjoy water and swimming; however they are prone to Spaniel ear infections and should be dried well after getting wet. Most owners report that each of these dogs has a unique personally and an enthusiastic field ability seldom matched by other dogs. His fine nose and enthusiasm in the field make him a versatile hunter. They have been bred as a hunting spaniel and have exceptionally good noses. Their sense of smell can lead them on an excursion if allowed to roam off lead. This dog needs an owner who displays natural leadership consistently communicating with the dog what is expected of him and what is not.

Boykin Spaniel Health Care :

The most common health issues are hip dysplasia, eye problems such as cataracts, and a few localized lines have heart and skin problems. Prone to ear infections.

Boykin Spaniel Grooming :

Ideal Boykin Spaniel grooming requires daily brushing of the moderately wavy water proof double coat. It is short to medium in length. If daily brushing is not feasible then it should be brushed every few days in order to avoid matting. The hair coat can be trimmed to give a better well groomed appearance. They need to be bathed occasionally, only when necessary. Their ears should be kept dry and clean and checked regularly to avoid ear infections. Nail trimming, eye cleaning, teeth brushing and other grooming activities also need to be conducted from time to time.

Boykin Spaniel Training :

When it comes to dog training, Boykin Spaniels are intelligent dogs and they are considered easy to train. They are very eager to please which makes training them much easier. Spaniels in general can be somewhat sensitive so it's best to use positive dog training methods (praise, reward). If you use these methods you should have no trouble training your dog.

Boykin Spaniel Activity and Exercise :

The Boykin Spaniel is a working dog and needs a lot of daily exercise, including a long, brisk daily walk, where the dog is heeling beside or behind you, never in front as, in a dogs mind, pack leader goes first. They have a high drive, very willing, intensely energetic dog that needs adequate exercise and a “job” to do daily to burn off energy and exercise their very nimble mind. They will find ways to entertain themselves if not provided by their owner and can be very destructive when bored or when their primal instinct to walk has not been fulfilled.

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