The Boykin Spaniel is a medium-sized Spaniel bred for hunting wild turkeys and ducks in the Wateree River Swamp of South Carolina.
The precursor of the Boykin Spaniel was a small, stray spaniel-type dog that befriended banker Alexander L. White (1860–1942) as he walked to the First Presbyterian Church in Spartanburg, South Carolina in 1900. White named the dog “Dumpy” and brought it to his friend and hunting partner Lemuel Whitaker “Whit” Boykin (1861–1932) who experimented crossbreeding Dumpy with other breeds,
The Boykin Spaniel gained full AKC recognition in 2009.
Weight: Male: 30–40 lbs (14–18 kg) Female: 25–35 lbs (11–16 kg)
Height: Male: 16–18 inches (39–46 cm) Female: 14–16 inches (36–42 cm)
Coat: Flat to moderately curly. Medium length.
Color: Solid, rich Liver or Dark Chocolate.
Life span: 10–15 years
Temperament: Energetic, Intelligent, Friendly, Eager, Companion, Lovable.
Health: High incidence of hip dysplasia Susceptible to heart disease, eye disease, patellar luxation, elbow dysplasia, Cushing’s disease and hypothyroidism.
• State dog of South Carolina.
• September 1st is Boykin Spaniel Day in South Carolina.
• Has webbed feet and are fantastic swimmers.
UKC: Gun Dog