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Boykin Spaniel

Boykin Spaniel

Boykin Spaniel Characteristics: The sweet-tempered and lively Boykin Spaniel is a breed of medium sized dog, classified as a member of the Sporting Dog Group. The Boykin Spaniel, is characterized by its sturdy, active appearance with friendly, amiable and intelligent expression.

Other characteristics include yellow to brown, medium sized, oval shaped eyes; long, pendulous ears with rounded tips;  a low, well set, lively tail and a smooth, powerful gait. The temperament of the Boykin Spaniel can be described as Eager, Friendly, Energetic. The coat type of the Boykin Spaniel is described as varied coat type (curly, wavy or smooth) in chocolate, brown, liver colors. 

Due to its characteristics and qualities, the Boykin Spaniel demonstrated the desired traits of a Retriever and is known by its nick name the "Swampy". The origin of the Boykin Spaniel dog breed was in United States where it was developed in the 1900's.

Boykin Spaniel Breed Group and Dog Type - Sporting Dog Group: The Boykin Spaniel is one of the many breeds of dogs that belong to the Sporting Dog Group. The Boykin Spaniel was officially recognized by the American Kennel Club (AKC) in 2009.

Other names for the Boykin Spaniel: The Boykin Spaniel is known by the nickname of the "Swampy". Other names for this breed of dog include the American Boykin.

Origin of the Boykin Spaniel name: The name "Boykin Spaniel" derives from the name of Lemuel Whitaker "Whit" Boykin who developed the breed into a splendid waterfowl retriever  The word 'spaniel' originated in Spain and referred to a surname meaning "Spaniard". It was then transferred as a name for a breed of dog supposedly of Spanish origin.

Boykin Spaniel History and Origin: The country of origin of the Boykin Spaniel breed was in United States during the 1900's. The Boykin Spaniel was bred by "Whit" Boykin, who the dog is named after, in the region near the Wateree River Swamp in the Midlands of South Carolina.

The Wateree River Swamp attracted many hunters to the area in search of wild turkey, ducks, geese and the other waterfowl that inhabited the area. The history of the Boykin Spaniel began when a small stray, spaniel dog was found and adopted by Mr. A. L. White in Camden, South Carolina. Mr. White was impressed with the attributes of the dog which he believed would make and excellent hunting dog and retriever.

White sent the dog to his friend Whit Boykin who had been looking for a small retriever to carry in a boat for duck hunting. Whit Boykin trained the dog developed into an excellent, Bird dog (Gun Dog) as a waterfowl retriever and turkey dog. The descendents of the Boykin Spaniel dog were used in hunts for birds such as wild turkey, ducks, geese and quail by air scent and were trained to pick up (or retrieve) waterfowl and birds and return the quarry to the Hunter.

Boykin Spaniel Modern History: The modern history of the Boykin Spaniel moved on and the breed is now enjoyed as a family pet and companion. The Boykin Spaniel was designated the official state dog of South Carolina in 1985.

Boykin Spaniel Height: The Boykin Spaniel breed is classified as a medium sized dog. The height to the shoulder of a male dog is 14-16 inches (36-42 cm). The height to the shoulder of a female dog is 14-16 inches (36-42 cm).

Boykin Spaniel Weight: The weight of the male in this medium sized dog is 30-40 lbs (14-18 kg). The weight of the smaller female dog is 25-35 lbs (11-16 kg).

Boykin Spaniel Coat Type: The coat type is described as varied coat type (curly, wavy or smooth).

Boykin Spaniel Coat Colors: The colors of this dog breed include chocolate, brown, liver colors. The word "liver" signifies any shade from yellow to brown.

Boykin Spaniel Grooming - LOW Grooming Needs: The grooming needs of the Boykin Spaniel are categorized as Low in order to maintain a healthy, tangle-free coat and reduce the risk of skin infections. The limited grooming needs of the Boykin Spaniel are considered to be low maintenance, requiring limited attention to grooming where brushing and combing, is concerned. Grooming Requirements should include bathing the dog on a monthly basis and making regular inspections of the nails, teeth, eyes and ears.

Boykin Spaniel Litter Size: The litter size of this dog breed ranges from 5-7 puppies. Boykin Spaniel puppies for sale can be obtained reputable breeders and from rescue centers. The cost of Boykin Spaniel puppies varies depending on location, pedigree history and the dog breeder.

Boykin Spaniel Temperament and personality: The temperament and personality of this popular dog breed is described as Sweet-tempered, Eager, Friendly, Energetic and Lively.

Boykin Spaniel Exercise Requirements: The exercise requirements of this breed of dog are moderate. The Boykin Spaniel requires regular daily exercise consisting of about one hour every day. This medium sized dog has a smooth, powerful, strident gait with strides of a moderate length requiring a steady walking or jogging speed by the owner to meet the dogs exercise requirements. If the dog has more energy than you do, then teach your dog to play ball in a chase and catch game.

Boykin Spaniel Diet: A fully grown Boykin Spaniel should be fed twice a day. A diet consisting of a premium dog food can be balanced with fresh food eaten by the family. The question is What Can Dogs Eat?. Check out our comprehensive list of what dogs can and what dogs cannot eat.

Boykin Spaniel Health Problems: Potential health problems of the Boykin Spaniel breed include Eye problems, Pulmonic stenosis. Resolving health problems can prove to be expensive and it is always wise to obtain pet insurance or dog health insurance when buying a dog. Is the Boykin Spaniel dog breed said to be Hypoallergenic? Answer: No.

Boykin Spaniel Lifespan: The life expectancy of dogs vary according to the size, breed of dog and any serious health problems. The typical lifespan of the Boykin Spaniel breed is 10 to 14 years.

Boykin Spaniel Male Dog Names: Male Dog names are most often chosen to reflect favorite names of the owner or the strength, size, coloring and country of origin of the Boykin Spaniel breed. To give you some inspiration regarding good male Boykin Spaniel names our small selection might be of help with naming boy dogs. Out top male dog names are: Bentley *** Winston *** Harley *** Louie *** Sammy *** Cody *** Jackson *** Murphy *** Leo *** Henry *** Sam *** Zeus *** Baxter.

Boykin Spaniel Female Dog Names: Female Dog names tend to be softer, prettier and reflect the temperament of the girl dog. Our top choice of good female Boykin Spaniel names are Ruby *** Mia *** Lilly *** Sasha *** Lulu *** Rosie *** Emma *** Annie *** Lady *** Ellie *** Maddie *** Princess.

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