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The Boykin Spaniel is a hunting breed with a sturdy build and compact, muscular frame. They have a typical Spaniel type head with a broad skull, moderate stop, and medium-length, square-shaped muzzle. They have long ears that are covered in curly hair and amber or golden eyes with a thoughtful, wistful expression. Their light eye color is one of their signature characteristics. The tails of this breed are usually docked. Many say the Boykin Spaniel resembles a larger version of the Cocker Spaniel. The only major differences between the two breeds are that the Boykin is larger in size, has smaller ears that are set higher on the head, and has a considerably less amount of hair. The Boykin Spaniel has a waterproof coat this is curly or wavy in texture. This breed’s coat is Liver or Brown in color.

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The Boykin Spaniel is a talented hunting dog with a docile, loyal, and pleasant demeanor. They make excellent companion dogs because of their intelligence and obedient disposition. The Boykin Spaniel is a wonderful swimmer and possesses many other natural talents and abilities. Their fine senses of smell and unique personalities make them a desired breed among hunters. Boykin Spaniels are likely to follow interesting scents.

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15 – 18 inches
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25 – 40 pounds
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General Health

The Boykin Spaniel is susceptible to hip dysplasia and eye problems. Some lines of this breed are prone to heart and skin problems. The Boykin Spaniel typically lives for 14 to 16 years. They average 5 to 7 puppies per litter.

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Around the turn of the 20th century, a man named Alexander White observed a small brown Spaniel wandering around his church in South Carolina. After deciding the dog must be a stray, Mr. White took him home, only to discover that the dog possessed amazing natural hunting abilities. Mr. White gave the dog to his hunting partner, a man by the name of L. Whitaker Boykin. This dog was crossed with the American Water Spaniel, the Springer Spaniel, the Chesapeake Bay Retriever, and select breeds of Pointers to form the contemporary Boykin Spaniel. Today, the Boykin Spaniel is predominately used as a hunter for birds and water fowl. The breed is most popular in southern parts of the United States with bird hunters. South Carolina recognized the Boykin Spaniel as its official state dog.

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The coat of the Boykin Spaniel should be brushed on a regular basis to prevent coat matting.

They may need brushing every 2 to 3 days.

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Ideal Environment

The Boykin Spaniel is content to live in a small household or apartment if he is sufficiently exercised. This breed is full of energy and happiest if they have a job to do. To prevent the onset of boredom or destructive behavior, owners of this breed should ensure that their dog(s) are properly exercised and receive adequate time to run around and play.

They can live in an apartment if sufficient exercise is provided.

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How much does the Boykin Spaniel shed? If considering one to be a house dog, is there hair everywhere? This was my only complaint about my lab and I am wondering if the long hair is as bad or worse?

Yes, they shed a LOT!!! My dogs kennel has a big hairy spot all around it. We have to vacuum two times a day. It is worth it for she has a great sweet personality.

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