Boykin Spaniel

Official data on the Boykin Spaniel is rather limited. As the breed is not officially recognized, breeders are practically the only ones who have the real information. What is certain in his case is that he is a pleasant little dog, greatly appreciated as a companion dog, but with good hunting skills. This nice mix of multiple crossbreeds makes a lovely energetic dog.

Height 35 to 45 cm
Weight 11 to 18 kg
Life expectancy 14 to 16 years
Hair Loss High
Excercise Need High
Home country United States (US)

Quick Overview of the Boykin Spaniel


  • Calm
  • Balanced
  • Full of energy
  • Appreciated by all


  • Varied colours between chocolate, brown or reddish brown
  • Flat or slightly wavy coat
  • Bright brown or yellow eyes
  • Wide and long ears


  • No pathology is officially listed (fairly recent breed)

Temperament of the Boykin Spaniel

An energetic hunting dog and a rather calm and balanced companion, the Boykin Spaniel is a gentle and energetic dog that is quite popular with everyone.

This sweet little dog is friendly and does everything to please his master. He is an exceptional, calm and balanced pet.

He is obedient and easy to train. His love for his family is unparalleled, which makes him a much appreciated family dog.

He loves the fireplace and walks. He has a lot of energy and needs to spend it several times a day.

Whether he is a city or country dog, he is happy as long as he can run regularly.

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Breed Appearance

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This medium-sized dog is smaller than the American Water Dog and has less curly hair.

His pretty, flat-haired coat, with its rich, dark color, gives him a very friendly appearance.


Between 39 and 45 cm (15.35 to 17.72 inches) for the male
Between 35 and 41 cm (13.78 to 16.14 inches) for the female


Between 13 and 18 kg (28.66 to 39.68 pounds) for the male
Between 11 and 16 kg (24.25 to 35.27 pounds) for the female


His color can vary between chocolate, brown or reddish brown.


His flat hair may be slightly wavy. Smaller, finer hairs appear on the belly, chest, ears, feet and legs.


His bright eyes can be brown or yellow.

His large ears are long. His tail is usually trimmed down to 6 - 7 cm (2 to 3 inches).

According to the FCI breeds nomenclature, this breed belongs to group , section and is #

Characteristics of the Boykin Spaniel

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Life in an apartment
Good first dog
Tolerates solitude
Tolerates cold weather
Tolerates hot weather
Friendly with children
Friendly with strangers
Friendly with other animals
Hair loss
Drooling level
Easy to care for
Robust health
Easy to train
Tendency to bark
Tendency to nibble
Instinct to hunt
Adventurous spirit
Energy level
Level of intensity
Need for exercise

Health of the Boykin Spaniel

The breed being rather recent, no pathology is officially listed in his case.


No particular maintenance is specified in his case.

History of this breed

Originally from southern United States, the Boykin Spaniel is a fairly recent breed. Around 1900 in the town of Spartanburg, South Carolina, a certain Alexander L. White, coming out of a Methodist church, is said to have found a small dog that he kept with him as his life companion.

Since this little dog was a very good hunter, Mr. White decided to have him trained by a professional by the name of Lemuel Whitaker "Whit" Boykin. The breed had just found its name.

The Boykin Spaniel would have undergone several crosses thereafter with the American Water Dog, the American Cocker Spaniel, the English Springer Spaniel and the Chesapeake Bay Retriever.

The chances that the first dog found by Mr. White was an American Water Dog are very high, but nothing is really official. The multiple crossbreeding continued until the 1970s but the official registry was not created until 1979 for the Boykin Spaniel.

The Boykin Spaniel should not be confused with the American Water Dog. He's smaller and his coat is different. The standards differ from one club to another, therefore as the breed is not officially recognized by the FCI (Fédération Cynologique Internationale), nor by the Société Centrale Canine in France, it is difficult to define his true physical standards.

However, the United Kennel Club and the American Kennel Club (AKC) recognized him in a provisional register but the breed is not accepted in conformation competitions. The controversy between the two clubs is still very much alive.

However, even though his physical standard is not quite official, he is an excellent retriever and game fetcher. The Boykin Spaniel has adapted very well to the southeast warm waters of his home country, which also makes him an excellent swimmer.

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