The Boykin Spaniel is a medium-sized dog that is slightly larger than an English Cocker Spaniel, though it is broader. The coat may be chocolate or liver colored with a wavy or curly coat that is about 1-2" in length with feathering on the legs and tail. Since the dog is bred more for hunting performance instead of appearance, there are variations in appearance. The tail is typically docked.
A small brown spaniel type dog was reportedly a stray that a banker found while walking home from church around 1905. The gentleman, Alexander L. White, decided to adopt the dog and found that he had excellent bird hunting skills. White sent the dog to his friend Whit Boykin, a longtime hunting buddy. Under Boykin's care, the dog became an excellent turkey hunting dog and waterfowl retriever. Various dogs were crossed with this original dog to develop into what is now called the Boykin Spaniel. The goal was to keep the dog small enough to retrieve from swamp boats in the South. Probable included breeds that developed the Boykin are the Chesapeake Bay Retriever, the Springer Spaniel, the American Water Spaniel, and the Cocker Spaniel.
The Boykin Spaniel is a cheery, friendly, social dog that makes a great family pet as well as hunting companion. They have a high level of endurance and are adaptable to many living situations provided they get daily opportunities for exercise.
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