Boykin Spaniel Dog Breed Profile
by Dr. Chris
AKC Group: Sporting Group
The Boykin Spaniel is an extremely versatile hunter, doing its job as an upland hunter and retriever, capturing fallen birds. They could be utilized for tracking deer or injured game.
The Boykin Spaniel descended from hunting dogs at the beginning of the 20th century. Being a hunting dog it had to be of proper size and attitude to ride in small boats like canoes. L. Whitaker Boykin is credited with creating this breed, and thus it is named after him. Mr. Boykin started this breed apparently with a dog he found roaming the streets named "Dumpy."
It is believed that the Cocker Spaniel, Springer Spaniel, Chesapeake Bay retriever, plus the American Water Spaniel could have been utilized in the formation of this breed. The location where the breed produced was Camden, South Carolina. Now, thanks to its popularity, you can find them all over the United States.
The Boykin Spaniel features a Spaniel kind of head. The tail is docked. The water-resistant coat is curly or wavy, but a soft coat is appropriate. The color is brown or liver. The Boykin is bigger than the Cocker Spaniel. White markings are discouraged and may prevent the dog from being registered by the Boykin Spaniel Society.
The Boykin Spaniel is a warm and friendly, social dog that does great in a household atmosphere with plenty of outside recreation. They're very adjustable to various surroundings provided that they're provided plenty of time for social adjustment and lots of time to expend extra energy. They're not quickly angered and usually want to please their owners.
Common Health Problems
The most typical health problems are hip dysplasia, eye problems like cataracts. They might also experience some skin and heart problems, and are susceptible to ear infections.
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