Personality:A classic spaniel: friendly, eager, trainable, and lovable
Coat & Grooming:The medium-length double coat requires just routine brushing
Energy Level:Very Active; Bred to be enthusiastic workers, Boykins need consistent exercise
Originally: United States
Meet the Boykin Spaniel
Boykins 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. Boykins 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.
What's Their Story?
Around 1900 Whit Boykin, of Camden, South Carolina, took possession of a brown spaniel named Dumpy, a stray found by a friend. Dumpy proved to be an excellent hunter. Boykin, an avid sportsman and dog trainer, crossed Dumpy with various spaniel breeds and eventually hit upon the upbeat gundog that today bears his name. It might’ve been more appropriate to name the breed for its foundation sire, but would you really want to own something called a Dumpy Spaniel?
For years Boykins were known only to hunters of Carolina waterfowl and wild turkey. Sportsmen working the swampy terrain of the South were always enamored of the breed’s intensity and versatility. But lately the wider world has discovered that the breed is as delightful at home as it is tenacious at the lake. “They are very, very sweet dogs to have around the family,” a longtime owner says, “but an absolute tiger in the field.” Boy oh Boykin, what a spaniel!