Boykin Spaniel

Boykin-SpanielBoykin Spaniel History:

Boykin Spaniel developed from Chesapeake Bay RetrieverSpringer SpanielCocker Spaniel, and the American Water Spaniel, around Camden, South Carolina. It was recognized as a breed by the United Kennel Club in 1985. In December 2009, it was officially recognized by the American Kennel Club.


Boykin Spaniel’s Coat is in medium length, straight to moderately curly. Its color is solid, rich liver or dark chocolate. They have spaniel type heads, and their tail is docked. They are larger than the Cocker Spaniel, with smaller, higher set ears that are covered with long, wavy hair. They have considerably less hair and a straighter muzzle. Their height is about 14-18 in. while their weight is about 25-40 lbs.


Boykin Spaniels are energetic, companionable, eager, intelligent and trainable. They are versatile hunters. They can work as a retriever or upland hunter. Their eagerness makes them good at it. They are also social dogs, a good family pet. They can adapt to different environments as long as they are given ample opportunity for social interaction. They will also find ways to entertain themselves if not provided by their owner but can be very destructive when bored or when their primal instinct to walk has not been fulfilled. They love attention and they are friendly but they can be vicious to people who have another type of spaniel. They are bred for hunting wild turkeys and ducks.


Boykin Spaniel’s lifespan is 14-16 years. According to 2006 statistics, they have a 37% chance of being born with hip dysplasia. They also have a high incidence of eye problems and patella luxation. Like any other dogs, they need daily exercise and regular grooming. If the dog is in the field, the coat should be clipped regularly. And to help prevent tangle in its long fur, spraying them with cooking spray is needed. They will do okay in an apartment and a small yard is sufficient.