An enthusiastic hunter, the Boykin Spaniel also is an affectionate dog that loves to be with people and other animals. With his cheerful temperament, the Boykin is particularly excellent with children. This energetic breed needs lots of exercise and thrives with an active family. The Boykin’s feathered coat ranges from flat to wavy and requires regular grooming to prevent matting.
The Boykin Spaniel is the state dog of South Carolina. The first Boykins were bred from two strays owned by L. Whitaker Boykin, for whom the breed is named. An excellent retriever of upland game and water fowl, the Boykin Spaniel is also a good turkey hunting dog.