Dog Breed 14

Boykin Spaniel

Another member of Spaniel family is Boykin family. It’s a medium sized breed of dog.

Slightly larger than the English Cocker Spaniel about 17 inches (33 cm) high and a weight over 30 pounds (14 kg)) with more feathering, its coat color comes in liver or chocolate. Traditionally, its tail is docked at the age of three days, leaving 1/3 length.


The breed is a definite working dog with ideal retriever instincts, enthusiasm, and endurance. They say that the Boykin is the dog that “doesn’t rock the boat”. Ideally, at around 35 pounds, the Boykin will not upset a canoe or smaller boat while hunting marsh and flooded timber. This is a southern-bred dog, so big water in colder climates like the Chesapeake Bay and north are not appropriate for this breed when used as a duck hunting dog unless the dog’s coat is weather conditioned and has a neoprene jacket available.

It is excellent with children better, some say, than its cousin Cocker Spaniel  ) and is an instinctive swimmer. They do require daily exercise and weekly grooming to keep the coat matting under control.


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