General Information

Dog NameBoykin Spaniel
Other NamesBoykin
Scientific NameCanis lupus familiaris
Breed TypeSpaniel
Country of OriginUnited States of America (USA)

Physical And Size

Min Life Span10
Max Life Span15
Min Ideal Weight for male13
Max Ideal Weight for male15
Min Ideal Weight for female11
Max Ideal Weight for male15


Intelligent Rank
Affection Level
Social Needs
Watchdog Ability


TemperamentFriendly, Active, Lovable
Prey DriveNo
Fighting DogNo


Stranger FriendlyMedium
Child FriendlyHigh
Cat FriendlyMedium
Apartment FriendlyLow
Senior Citizens FriendlyLow
Service DogLow
Search and Rescue DogLow
Biting PotentialLow
Country of OriginUnited States
Nicknames and Other NamesBoykin, Swamp Poodle,
Scientific NameCanis lupus familiaris
Breed TypeSpaniel
GroupSporting Group (gun dog)
Bred ForHunting waterfowl
Recognized ByAKC, FCI, UKC, CKC, ACA
Life Span10-15 years
Ideal WeightMale: 30-40 pounds
Female: 25-35 pounds
Ideal HeightMale: 15.5-18 inches
Female: 14-16.5 inches
Fur TypeMedium in length, straight or
slightly curly
Common ColorsLiver
AvailabilityModerately available
AchievementsState dog of South Carolina in 1985
Suitable for ApartmentsYes
Used in World WarNo
Most Similar ToAmerican Water Spaniel

Boykin Spaniel is an adorable breed with their long curly ears to the well-balanced physique. It was bred as a hunting dog but today it has won the hearts of millions as a family pet.

If you’re planning to own a Boykin Spaniel then there are some traits you must know about them.

Origin and History

Boykin Spaniel originated from South Carolina in the early 20th century. They were bred to hunt waterfowl, wild turkeys and pheasants. They were often called ” The little dog that doesn’t rock the boat” because of their perfect size to fit on a boat with a hunter.

Originally Boykin Spaniel was a stray brown dog who had the knowledge of hunting birds and then were crossed with American Water Spaniels, Cockers, Springer Spaniels and Chesapeake Bay Retrievers.

Are Boykins Child-Friendly?

Boykin Spaniels are energetic and enthusiastic dogs. He can be a wonderful partner to your kids especially if they are raised with them. However, he’s not a kind of a dog which will sit patiently with a toddler. Older children who can teach them tricks and play outdoor and knows how to approach him can be the best playmates.

You should always teach your Boykin Spaniel on how to approach the kids and not to be harsh on kids. As well as, you should also teach your child not to bother him while eating and approach in a right time.

Behavioral Traits of Boykin Spaniel

Boykin Spaniels are affectionate dogs to their family. They are protective and towards their territory. Boykin are alert but are also friendly with everyone even strangers if treated with affection, which does not make them a good watchdogs.

Boykin Spaniel Playing Ball. Image Source- Cuteness

With their hunting instincts, they love being busy and are suitable for families who are active. Boykin Spaniels are not a couch potato but thrive on participating in family activities. They are quick learners which makes training easy. However, they will start believing that he is the leader until you develop the leadership personality.


Training a Boykin Spaniel is easy as they are quick learners and thrive during training sessions. They love learning new things. However, you should be consistent with training and make him realize you’re the leader.

Teaching your Boykin Spaniel Force Fetching.

Fast Facts About Boykin Spaniel

  • Boykin Spaniel lives up to 12-15 years.
  • Boykin Spaniel is often confused with a brown Cocker Spaniel dog breed.
  • In the name of markings, they might have a patch of white on the chest or toes. That’s it!

Health Issues

General HealthHealthy
Common Health IssuesHeart Disease, Hypothyroidism,
Cushing’s Syndrome, Eye Problem, Hemophilia
Vaccination RequiredLeptospirosis, Rabies, Canine Distemper,
Canine Parvovirus, Canine Parainfluenza,
Kennel Cough, Canine Coronavirus
Weight Gain PotentialAverage to High
Separation AnxietyModerate Chance
Diets and SupplementsProtein: 20%-25%
fat: 5%-8%

As with every breed, Boykin Spaniel has some health issues that can be a concern such as, heart condition known as, pulmonic stenosis, hemophilia A, and eye problems such as, distichiasis.


  • Chocolate
  • Brown
  • Liver


A Boykin Spaniel will give birth to 5-7 litter at a time. The Boykin Spaniel puppy will cost you between $800 – $1000. However, the price of the puppy will be different according to the quality and the gender of the puppy.

Which Dog Are They Similar To?

In order to live a happy life together with your furry pet, treat them with love and affection. Keep in mind that health problems and temperament are based on how you raise them.

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