A dog of medium size, the Boykin Spaniel, originating in South Carolina and also being its state dog, was bred with the purpose of hunting ducks as well as wild turkeys. A well-balanced breed with a longish body stature, it is further characterized with oval-shaped eyes, thin, high set, flat ears, hanging close to its cheeks, sharp, pigmented nose and a horizontal tail which is mostly docked.
|Other names||Boykin, LBD or Little Brown dog, Swamp Poodle|
|Coat||Straight or partially curly|
|Color||Liver, dark chocolate|
|Average lifespan||10 to 15 years|
|Size (How big do they get)||Medium|
|Height||Male: 15.5 to 18 inches
Female: 14 to 16.5 inches
|Weight||Male: 30 to 40 pounds; Female: 25 to 35 pounds|
|Litter size||5 to 7 puppies|
|Behavioral traits||Obedient, pleasant, intelligent, loyal and enthusiastic|
|Good with children||Yes|
|Climate Compatibility||Adapts to varying climatic condition|
|Barking tendency||Low (only barks when the need arises)|
|Shedding (Do they shed)||Moderate to Average|
|Competitive Registration Qualification/Information||AKC, UKC, ACR, ACA, BSS, APRI, BSCBAA, CKC, DRA, FCI, NKC, NAPR|
|Country||United States of America|
This is a relatively new breed, wholly developed during the 20th century. Boykin refers to a small community residing in South Carolina which barely had 100 people.
The name of this breed stems from the fact that a man from this community, Alexander White is instrumental in its development. He had once spotted a small-sized Spaniel, brown in color, standing outside a church in South Carolina’s Spartanburg city.
Taking an interest in the dog, he named it Dumpy possibly due to its short and thick built and used it as a game for retrieving preys. He was delighted to see the ease and efficiency with which he could prey upon games even in water. To channelize its skill further, White sent it to Whit Boykin for training, as he was considered to be the most prominent dog man in that particular area. The cute brown spaniel stunned Boykin too as it excelled not just in hunting ducks but also retrieving and flushing out turkey. A breeding program began surrounding Dumpy where breeds like American Water Spaniel, English Springer Spaniel, Chesapeake Bay Retriever and Cocker Spaniel were included. The outcome was an efficient and agile gun dog adept at flushing a retrieving.
Its popularity was not just confined to South Carolina but also spread throughout the United States after it came to be noticed by the guests who visited the resorts around Camden, where this breed had been developed. The Boykin Spaniel Club and Breeders Association of America was set up in the 1990s by dog enthusiasts, and this breed attained AKC’S full recognition in 2009.
Though a working dog, the Boykins are said to be great family pets because of their friendly, affectionate and loyal disposition.
They are an immensely energetic breed, also having a high endurance level, capable of adjusting to varied environments if socialized well.
These dogs always crave for the love and attention of their family members, hence make sure you are giving them ample of your time. The LBDs might show a reserved attitude towards strangers and announce the coming of an unknown person in its vicinity perhaps with a bark. However, they are non-aggressive and do not fit the bill of an efficient watchdog.
They even share a good rapport with children, and other dogs especially if brought up with them. However, cats, smaller pets, and birds should be kept out of their reach, as it could trigger their hunting instinct.
An extremely intelligent breed, training it would be no difficult task, though handling it firmly and tactfully is of utmost importance.
A high-quality dry dog food and a diet rich in protein and fat would help keep your Boykin in the best of its health. Since it is at risk of suffering from hip dysplasia overeating could only aggravate the condition.