Country of Origin: USA
11.4-18.2kg (25-40 lbs)
35.5-45.7cm (12.5-18 in.)
Grooming Requirements:
Exercise Requirements:
Popularity in Australia:
Rare, possibly unknown
Dog Type:
Most suited As:
Family companion, sporting
Also known As:
Swamp Poodle, Little Brown Dog (LBD)
Expected Life Span:
10-13 years

Boykin’s were bred In the southern US as gun-dogs for hunting and retrieving turkey and waterfowl in the swamps of South Carolina, USA. They had to be appropriately sized to ride in the small swamp boats the locals used. Named for their original breeder, L. Whitaker Boykin, they were crossbred from Retrievers and various Spaniels to get the desired traits in the early 1900’s.

The Boykin Spaniel Society was formed in 1977. The studbook was open from 1979 to 1982. UKC recognized the breed in 1985, and the AKC followed suit in 1997.

Mild mannered and friendly, this canine makes a great family pet. He is easy to train, quite obedient and willing to please. Very trustworthy around children and other dogs.

Watchdog qualities
Though not overly aggressive, this dog is protective of his family and territory. He makes a good watchdog with minimal training.

Backyard/Exercise requirements
Boykin Spaniels are high energy canines with a need for regular exercise and space to run. Without enough exercise they may become bored and destructive, and eventually their health will be affected.

Size/weight and Colour
These dogs come in varying shades of brown from liver to chocolate. Their fur may be straight or wavy, with feathering at the ears, tail and behind the legs. The hair on their face is short while the ears and the rest of the body sports medium length waves or even curls.

Height at the withers range from 35.5-45.7 cm (about 12-18 inches) with the females being on the smaller side of the scale. Weight varies from 11.4-18.2 kg (25-40 pounds), again with the female being in the lower range.
Tails are docked to one third the length they are born with, usually at three days old.

Grooming is required regularly, at least once a week. The soft fur will collect stickers and burrs that will cause tangles and matting if not cared for. A good conditioner or even cooking spray is used to help ease combing and brushing.

More than one third of all Boykin puppies are born with hip dysplasia. This can be diagnosed at age 2. These dogs should not be bred. This breed’s other problems include patella luxation, eye problems, and cardiac/pulmonary defects along with allergies and general orthopedic anomalies.

A study in 2010 found that more than half of this breed tested had the genetic disorder called Exercise Induced Collapse or EIC. This is the highest incidence of any breed tested. The University of Minnesota is conducting more testing on these dogs.

Breeders should provide health certificates on the puppy you are purchasing, and also on the parents.

Dog Sports/Activities
Hunting, agility, pet therapy, field trials, and conformation are all areas that this breed can excel in. They need plenty of activity with an active family when they are not working.

Livestock work
Though training could be accomplished for herding work, these dogs are more adapted to hunting and retrieving.

The dame may have from 4-8 puppies per litter. The younger female will have less, but the second or third litter will produce more puppies.

Boykin Spaniel Organisations in Australia
No club information listed

Boykin Spaniel Organisations in the UK
 Welcome to Boykin Spaniel Rescue

Boykin Spaniel Organisations in the US
The Boykin Spaniel Club
Welcome to Boykin Spaniel Rescue

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