The Boykin Spaniel dog is cheerful, and energetic hunting dog especially developed for turkeys and waterfowls. Extremely sensitive to bird scents, they are not only good in detection but excellent in retrieving as well. Excellent swimmer, speedy chaser and complete day long companion at hunt this breed is also sociable for family life, being cooperative and respective to other pets at home and gentle attitude towards children make it perfect family pet. They get along well with other dogs and cats if grown together, they tend to wary of strangers but without aggression. The breed tends to be destructive when not satisfied with physical work and will also surfer separation anxiety when left alone.
The Boykin Spaniel is medium sized, sturdy, smart and healthy breed of dog. Generally its coat is chocolate brown, long, soft and glossy that could be curly or wave-like. This dog is much appreciated by hunters due to its companionability for very long duration, further its compact size helps it to navigate through thick forestry and narrow ways. The dog is small and can be carried on canoe or small boats easily. This breed is not pointing dog but flushing upland birds into air for target of hunters.
The discovery of this dog is quite accidental, as the breed was a wandering dog around church in Spartanburg, South Carolina in 1900s. Mr. Alexander a serviceman got interested and took the dog to home and kept as a house pet. One of his friends, who was a hunter, adapted and took the dog to Boykin community where it was well appreciated as bird dog ‘turkey and waterfowl retriever’. This dog was worked for more agility and ability of hunting and retrieving by multiple crosses with American Water Spaniels, Springer Spaniels and Chesapeake Bay Retrievers. The resulting breed proved hardy retriever and got popularity especially in southern United States. The dog is declared official state dog of South Carolina, USA. A club for this breed was established in July 2005. The breed remained at Foundation Stock Service for many years and finally recognized in Misc group by AKC in 2007. The breed was again re-categorized as sporting dog in 2009 by American Kennel Club.
The Boykin Spaniel is an intelligent, playful, happy-natured companion dog. The breed is an excellent retriever and sharp bird dog. An excellent swimmer and speedy chaser at ground, this dog holds strong endurance and agility. The dog loves to be tasked for any job to do. The behavioral temperament varies from dog to dog and with age factor, most of the owners told that the two Boykin Spaniels are very hard to match with each other. However, the bird scent sensing ability and retrieving professionalism is at its extreme.
The great stamina at prolonged duration of hunt, the Boykin Spaniel is proved a perfect companion of hunters. This loyal dog thrives when accompanied either on job or in house, they are keen at playing with children and shares play with other pets. They stay aloof of strangers and can accept visitors accessing frequently. Some may alarm for any unfamiliar approach but would get retreated with a little resistance, thus they cannot be trusted as perfect watchdogs.
Strong prey drive and sensitivity to bird smells will surely tempt the dog to get escaped, place them in closed boundary or keep them leashed while you are not with them. Hold the lead and walk with them when on normal walks. Keep communication with dog consistent and dominative; do not let the dog to think as if he is the leader. Exercise and display true leadership and make the dog to understand this. Socialization purely depends upon early commencement of training and introduction with other house pets. Its long hairy coat needs a lot of grooming, regular brushing to maintain its grooming is mandatory. Occasional bath to remove dirt and debris is also recommended but avoid brushing when the dog is wet.
Owner Should Know
Although Boykin Spaniels are health dogs but still prone to some common health issues, like hip dysplasia, cataracts, heart, ear and skin problems. Consult veterinary experts periodically to avoidance of such diseases.
The Boykin Spaniels can afford apartment living as long as their exercise requirements are met, however a house with fenced yard is preferred.
The breed requires moderate exercises which could be met with 30 minutes walk or healthy play session in yard. Unsatisfied dog would get destructive and would develop negative behaviors.
The breed would try to dominate the house; however the owner should always show true leadership. Set the dog to believe in your leadership.
The dog sheds above average and demands healthy amount of grooming. Regular brushing is necessary.
Seek for reputed and trustworthy breeders or suppliers to get healthy puppies, ensure puppies are clinically checked and are disease free.