American Canine Association


Boykin Spaniel


One of the newest breeds we know today, the Boykin Spaniel originated from a stray dog, crossed with the American Water Spaniel, Pointer and Chesapeake Bay Retriever bloodlines in North Carolina in the early 2000's. This breed is a wonderful hunting partner, retriever and companion.


The Boykin Spaniel is a medium sized dog breed with males and females measuring 15-18 inches in height and weighing 25-40 pounds in weight. This breed has an oblong shaped head, broad between the ears and forming into a thin, rectangular muzzle with a scissor bite. Their two large ears are pendant shaped and hang gently alongside of their face. Their two eyes are almond shaped and generally a light yellow to amber in color. Their general body build is rectangular, lower to the ground and stocky. This breed generally has a docked tail that stands about one to two inches firm. Their coat is wavy in texture, soft and should always demonstrate a natural shine. It is medium in length and available only in a rich chocolate brown.


The Boykin Spaniel has a natural talent for spotting birds and retrieving, as well as being happy and loving. This breed is easy to train, smart, loyal and generally a very well balanced personality. This breed enjoys being outdoors with their owner more than anything, especially near the water. The Boykin Spaniel is generally great with children of all ages, and other canines. Early obedience and socialization classes are recommended. This breed requires a firm and confident owner who is familiar with hunting type breeds. Please note that the Boykin Spaniel picks up on scent trails constantly while outdoors and will wander easily due to this.


This breed does shed. Daily brushing and bathing when needed; regular trips to a professional groomer are recommended.

Special Notes

Please fully educate yourself about the Boykin Spaniel prior to adding one to your family to ensure you are able to provide a life long commitment both physically and financially. We highly recommend a properly fenced in yard for this breed while outdoors at all times. All dogs originate from wolves (Canis Lupus). Each breed of dog was originally created by mixing different breeds together in an effort to bring forth certain characteristics. Once a breeder has created acceptable “breed characteristics” within their bloodline and these “breed characteristics” have shown to be reliably reproduced in the offspring for three (3) generations, the bloodline may be upgraded from the category of “foundation stock” to “pure-bred”. The same “pure-bred” breed standards vary from different continents, countries, territories, regions, breed clubs, and canine pure-breed registries depending on the goals of their breeders. Dog DNA testing companies can have accurate results for a specific bloodline of a small colony of dogs. However, there are tens of thousands of different bloodlines in the world which have not yet been tested for marker baseline results by Dog DNA testing companies as of 2017. For this reason Dog DNA testing companies do not guarantee the 100% accuracy of their breed lineage results and will also show different marker results for the same pure-bred breed in different continents, countries, territories, regions, breed clubs, and canine pure-breed registries depending on the goals of their breeders.

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