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Boykin Spaniel


Boykin Spaniel Facts

  • Group
  • Sporting
  • Affiliations
  • AKC, UKC
  • Height
  • 15" - 18"
  • Weight
  • 25-45lbs.
  • Lifespan
  • 14 years | Add yours

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  • Exercise Requirement
  • High - This breed requires vigorous daily activity
  • Training Requirement
  • A Quick Learner
  • Grooming Requirement
  • Difficult
  • Colors
    • Brown
  • Breed Characteristics
    • Can be trained as a watch dog or guard dog
    • Good with children
    • Hunting heritage
    • Should sleep indoors

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Alternate Names

non known


The Boykin Spaniel was developed in South Carolina, United States.

Date Of Origin

The breed was developed in the early 1900's.


In the early 1900s, a small dog was found wandering near a church in Spartanburg, South Carolina, and one of the people attending services there, a Mr. Alexander L. White, took the dog home as a pet. Mr. White sent the dog to his hunting partner Mr. L. Whitaker Boykin of the Boykin community just outside Camden, South Carolina and the little stray developed into a superb turkey dog and waterfowl retriever.


These are medium-size, sturdy dogs that are square in shape. They have medium size drop ears; yellow to brown eyes, depending on the coat color; and a short, docked tail. The short to medium length tail may be flat or curly with light feathering and very curly ears. They range in color from liver to dark brown and may have white markings on the chest.


The Boykin spaniel is an intelligent, trainable dog. It loves to work and enjoys water. It is good natured and affectionate with great endurance and versatility.


The Boykin Spaniel usually works in the water, retrieving pigeons and ducks, but due to its infallible sense of smell, it is also highly thought of for hunting game in the woods. It is a good companion dog and should the need arise it becomes a watchdog.

Health Concerns

Cataracts, hip dysplasia, poor temperament, skin allergies.

Additional Information

The Boykin Spaniel is the official state dog of South Carolina.

Show Sources & Contributors +


The Howell Book Of Dogs

Publisher: Wiley Publishing Inc, 2007

Website: http://www.wiley.com/WileyCDA/

Author: Liz Palika

Dog Bible

Publisher: BowTie Press, 2005

Website: http://www.bowtiepress.com/bowtie/

Authors: Kristin Meuh-Roe, Jarelle S. Stein

Simon & Schusters Guide to Dogs

Publisher: Simon & Schuster inc, 1980

Website: http://www.simonandschuster.com

Author: Elizabeth Meriwether Schuler

The All Breed Dog Grooming Guide

Publisher: Aaronco, 2002

Website: http://www.aaroncopet.com

Author: Sam Kohl


Publisher: WikiMedia Foundation, On Going

Website: http://en.wikipedia.org/

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