Thinking about purchasing a Boykin Spaniel? Then read our breed profile including a brief description, information on height, weight, color, coat, temperament, grooming, activity and history. Purchasing a new puppy is a commitment that may last ten or more years so please educate yourself on the Boykin Spaniel breed, including all stages of their life from puppy hood to older dog.
Ask yourself will I be a good owner? Do I have the time it takes to train a new puppy? Do I have the resources to give my new dog a rewarding life. Do I have a local veterinarian that I can take my new dog to? Do I have a groomer or can I do the grooming myself on a regular basis. Fundamental requirements for a being a good Boykin Spaniel owner;
Before making a purchase talk to the breeder, ask them many questions about their dogs and the breed in general. A good breeder will teach you about the Boykin Spaniel and they will have many questions for you about your home and life style and if this breed is suited for you and your family.
Questions you may want to ask an Boykin Spaniel Breeder:
It is recommended that you sign a contract with the breeder so that there will be no misunderstandings on the arrangements made. Then bring home your new Boykin Spaniel and enjoy as "there is no greater love then a dog's devotion."
Boykin Spaniel Breed Profile
The Boykin Spaniel is medium in size, sturdy, and a typical spaniel. They are first and foremost a hunting dog with proven retrieving and flushing abilities characterized by boundless intelligence. Boykin Spaniels show great desire to please. They are a strong swimmer, taking to the water easily and are valuable for water retrieving as well as field retrieving. The Boykin Spaniel is peaceful, obedient and loyal. They are known for being good with children, and are a friendly family pet. They are generally good-natured and affectionate, wagging their stub of a tail to move their whole bodies. Their hunting aptitudes are excellent and they have served hunting families since the early 1900s. They are usually chocolate brown with an enthusiastic expression. Boykin Spaniels have great endurance, and make excellent pets for the country home.
Type: Gun Dog
Male: 15.5 - 18 inches; Females: 14 - 16.5 inches.
rich, liver (reddish brown or dark chocolate). They range from solid liver to
dark brown, allowing a small white spot on chest.
Spaniel is friendly with an admirable disposition. They have no hostility towards
other dogs or people in normal situations. Excessive timidity or hyperactivity
is not seen with the Boykin's character. They retain excellent hunting and retrieving
skills, as well as a sweet temperament that is docile, pleasant and obedient.
They are highly intelligent, trainable, and loves work. They swim very well,
are versatile and have great endurance.
They are part of the Spaniel family, and therefore can give a good warning,
but are not prone to do so always.
Boykin Spaniel Care and Exercise:
Boykin Spaniels need bi-monthly brushing. Boykin Spaniels shed
in the spring. The coat requires brushing, as it will mat. Daily walking and
swimming are best for the Spaniel as the weather permits. Boykin Spaniels are
good swimmers and will do so in any aquatic environment.
Activity: Medium. Boykins
are sweet and obedient by nature, and therefore will do what you ask of them.
If they need to retrieve and hunt, they will be active in doing so. If they
need to relax in the house with you, they will do so.
Boykin Spaniel Health Issues: Several puppies per year are born with hip dysplasia, and should be checked. Boykin Spaniels can also have problems with their eyes, heart, and skin (allergies). Other health concerns include patellar luxation, elbow dysplasia, sometimes poor temperament and under bite jaw.
Life Span: 12 - 15 years.
Country of Origin:
First Registered by the AKC:
FSS (AKC Foundation Stock Service - not yet eligible for the AKC)
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