Boykin Spaniel

Sporting Group – AKC Foundation Stock Service (FSS)

Photos courtesy of Carolina Kennels

They say that the Boykin Spaniel is so light you can pick it and the duck up and into the boat.  A pleasant and intelligent friend.  It is a versitile flushing and retrieving dog who enjoys the water and is a great swimmer.  The Boykin does well in obedience and is much smaller than the normal hunting/retrieving dog which can help it in agility trials.  They bond well with a family and will want to be a part of the daily activity.  Swimming and jumping in puddles is always considered a great past time, especially the puppies.  While grooming is minimal (depending on the dog’s activity) it is known to have ear infections and special attention must be paid to keeping the ears dry and clean. It is the state dog of South Carolina.

Average Height(“‘s)
Average Weight (#’s)
Notes for owners
Flat to moderately wavy Minimal according to activity Ear infections, so keep them dry. Need strong daily exercise.


Relevant Web Sites


AKC Breed Profile

Boykin Spaniel Club

Boykin Spaniel Information Station


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