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Boykin Spaniel

Boykin Spaniel At a Glance

Country of Origin:

United States of America

Breed Group:

AKC (Sporting); UKC (Gun Dog)


Medium. Weight: 30-40; Female: 25-35 lbs. Height: Male: 15.5-18; Female: 14-16.5 inches


Short to medium in length. Fine and moderately wavy.


Brown or Liver

Life Span:

10 to 14 years

Breed Profile

Affection Level – 100
Barking Tendencies – 60
Cat Friendly – 60
Cold Weather Tolerance – 50
Exercise Needs – 100
General Health – 60
Grooming Needs – 50
Hot Weather Tolerance – 80
Intelligence – 70
Kid Friendly – 60
Playfulness – 60
Shedding Level – 60
Social Needs – 70
Watchdog Ability – 80

Did You Know?

The Boykin Spaniel is the official State Dog of South Carolina since 1984.

Boykin Spaniel Overview

A relatively modern breed, the Boykin Spaniel breed is highly regarded for their ability to hunt water fowl. This dog breed originated in the southern United States. The breed is the official dog of South Carolina.

Boykin Spaniel Characteristics

This dog breed is sturdy, medium in size and well-built. This breed has agility, speed and endurance. These dogs are capable in any terrain and weather, and are great swimmers. The dog excels in field events and water retrieving.

Boykin Spaniel Temperament

This dog breed is good-natured, loyal, devoted and docile. The breed is an enthusiastic hunter, pleasant companion and willing worker. This breed thrives on human interaction and gets along exceptionally well with children and other pets.

Boykin Spaniel Care

This dog breed requires regular brushing to prevent matting and tangling. Bathing should be done when necessary. It is important to regularly check the ears for debris or infection. The breed is prone to eye problems, hip dysplasia, skin and heart problems.

Boykin Spaniel Coat

The coat of the breed is of short to medium in length, straight to moderately wavy, and fine to the touch. This breed has light feathering on the ears, legs, feet, chest and underbelly.

Boykin Spaniel Training & Activity

This dog breed excels at agility and obedience. The breed has a softer temperament than most Spaniel breeds so does not respond to harsh or heavy-handed training methods. They do far better with motivational training and require fairness and consistency.

This dog breed is not suitable for apartment living. The breed requires daily exercise and mental stimulation or they tend to become bored and destructive. This breed is extremely driven and energetic and do best in a rural environment. This dog loves to hunt, swim and interact with their family.

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