The Boykin Spaniel is medium in size, with emphasis placed on his hunting abilities, characterized by flushing and retrieving, with moderate speed and agility. His pendulous ears, intelligent expression, sturdy build and friendly wagging tail proclaim him part of the spaniel family.
Clean your Boykin’s ears regularly especially after working in the water, swimming and after bathing. Please consult your vet or your breeder for a good ear cleaner. All dogs are predisposed to certain health abnormalities due to genetics inherited from its canine ancestors. Boykin Spaniels are no exception. However, conscientious breeders of Boykin Spaniels are intent on improving the health of the breed and furthering its hunting instincts.
They only carry out responsible and ethical breeding to ensure physical and mental soundness and adherence to the breed standard while preserving and improving the hunting/working instincts of the Boykin Spaniel. Please check with your vet and your breeder about testing and appropriate health clearances of the Boykin Spaniel’s most common health problems which include hip dysplasia, juvenile cataracts and the most recently discovered EIC (Exercise Induced Collapse).
For years Boykins were known only to hunters of Carolina waterfowl and wild turkey. Sportsmen working the swampy terrain of the South were always enamored of the breed’s intensity and versatility. But lately the wider world has discovered that the breed is as delightful at home as it is tenacious at the lake. “They are very, very sweet dogs to have around the family,” a longtime owner says, “but an absolute tiger in the field.” Boy oh Boykin, what a spaniel!