Boykin Spaniels are medium-sized spaniels, larger and rangier than Cockers but more compact than Springers. The breed’s hallmark is a beautiful solid-brown coat. Colors range from a rich liver to a luscious chocolate. The large, feathery ears hang close to the cheeks, setting off an expression of soulful intelligence. Boykin Spaniels move with the effortless and balanced gait typical of durable gundogs. Bred to work the lakes and swamps of their native South Carolina, web-toed Boykins can swim like seals.
The Boykin Spaniel carries a unique set of credentials that no other breed of canine can honestly claim. He is a dog originally bred by South Carolina hunters. He was developed initially as the ideal dog for hunting wild turkeys in the Wateree River Swamp during the early 1900s and now beautifully adapts to the dove fields, the duck marshes and the home fires of his modern-day masters. Most individual Boykin Spaniels have a special personality and enthusiastic field ability that no other dog can match.
Be it a hunting companion, a family companion, or a performance competitor, Boykins are fiercely attached to their owners. They can be trained to participate in and excel in most all AKC performance events including Spaniel Hunt Tests, Spaniel Field Trials, Working Ability Certifications, Tracking Tests, Obedience Trials, Rally Trials, and Agility Trials. Many Boykin Spaniels serve as Therapy and Service Dogs. Many more Boykin Spaniels compete successfully in Conformation Shows.
This breed only needs occasional bathing. Their nails should be trimmed regularly with a nail clipper to avoid overgrowth, splitting and cracking. Don’t allow the nails to become too long or the Boykin will have trouble with its feet. Their pendulous ears should be checked regularly to avoid a buildup of wax and debris which can result in an infection. Teeth should be brushed regularly.