Boykin Spaniel

Breed Summary

The Boykin Spaniel is medium in size, sturdy build, with emphasis placed on their hunting abilities, characterized by flushing and retrieving, with moderate speed and agility. They are slightly larger than the English Cocker Spaniel but much heavier through the body width. Traditionally, their tail is docked at three days, leaving 1/3 length. Their eyes are engaging and bright and ears are pendulous. The color ranges from brilliant gold to dark amber.

Country of Origin: USA

AKC Breed Popularity: Ranks 100 of 196

AKC Classification: Sporting Group

UKC Classification: Gun Dog

Exercise Requirements: 40 minutes/day

Height: Female: 14-16 in.; Male: 15-18 in.

Weight: Female: 30-36 lbs.; Male: 32-38 lbs.

Physical traits: Sturdy, Medium-sized, Strong

Coat: Length: Medium

Characteristics: Curly, wavy

Colors: Solid liver

Overall Grooming Needs: Moderate

Personality traits/Temperament: Friendly, Eager, Lovable

Energy Level: High

Tendency to Drool: Low

Tendency to Snore: Low

Tendency to Bark: Low

Tendency to Dig: Low

Social/Attention Needs: Moderate

Life Expectancy: 10-15 years


Boykin Spaniels are healthy dogs. Their life expectancy is 10 to 15 years. Some dogs can develop itchy skin conditions where baths with a high-quality dog shampoo and conditioner is recommended. Flea control is also essential. Responsible breeders need to screen their breeding stock for several health conditions like hip dysplasia, juvenile cataracts, and exercise-induced collapse. Their ears should be checked regularly for signs of infection and cleaned when necessary to avoid the build-up of wax. The teeth should be brushed often, using a toothpaste designed for dogs.


The Boykin Spaniel dog depends on high-quality dog food, whether commercially manufactured or home-prepared. Add a high-quality dog multivitamin to complete the nutritional circle. Provide a diet according to the different stages of a dog (puppy, adult, or senior). Some dogs are prone to getting overweight, so monitor your dog’s calorie consumption and weight level. Don’t give human foods that are not safe for them. Consult with your veterinarian for further advice.


The Boykin Spaniel is a tough, energetic, and enthusiastic hunting dog, yet gentle and contented in the home. They are very much affectionate and have a fiercely loyal personality that is a hallmark of the breed. They thrive on companionship, enjoying the company of children and other dogs. Early socialization and puppy training classes are recommended to help ensure that the Boykin grows into a well-adjusted, well-mannered companion. Boykins are easy to train because of their intelligence and eagerness to learn.


Boykins have moderate to high energy and require lots of exercises every day. They do best with active people, especially those seeking an athletic partner for activities like hiking, running, or biking. Regular exercise will help keep the Boykin healthy and happy. This can come in the form of long walks and play sessions. Use paw balm daily to protect their feet. The breed also exercises mind and body by participating in obedience, tracking, agility, rally, field events, and other activities that can be enjoyed by both dog and owner.

Fun Fact

In South Carolina, September 1st has been denoted as Boykin Spaniel Day.


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