Boykin Spaniel Breed Information and Facts

Considering getting a Boykin Spaniel? Makes sure you know the characteristics of the breed. We've put together the following Boykin Spaniel breed information and facts to create a profile of this dog so you have the critical information necessary to make a decision.

Boykin Spaniel

The Boykin Spaniel has a life expectancy of 10 to 15 years.

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 weighs 25 to 40 pounds and measures 14 to 18 inches.

Grooming Needs
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 an affectionate family dog and a determined hunting dog.

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.

Out in the field or in the water, the Boykin Spaniel takes on another personality. The Boykin Spaniel is steadfast and focused while on the hunt.  They have lots of enthusiasm and take on their task with true commitment.

Training Needs
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.

Activity Level
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.

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