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AKC Meet the Breeds: Boykin Spaniel

American Kennel Club, Inc. (c) 2011

The official State Dog of South Carolina, the Boykin Spaniel is a medium-sized, all-around hunting dog with a cheerful, energetic personality. Possessing a rich, chocolate-brown coat and charm to spare, the Boykin is a favorite of hunters due to its willingness to work all day as well as its smaller size, which allows the hunter to lift both dog and duck into the boat at the same time!

A Look Back
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.

Right Breed for You?
The Boykin has the stamina to stay by its owner's side during a full day of work, so it fits in best with an active family. The breed also thrives on companionship, enjoying the company of children and other dogs. Its coat requires only minimal maintenance beyond a weekly brushing and occasional bathing.

  • Sporting Group; AKC recognized in 2009.
  • Ideal height: 15 1/2 - 18 inches tall at the shoulder for males and 14 - 16 1/2 inches tall at the shoulder for females.
  • Hunting dog.



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