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Description of Boykin Spaniel

´╗┐The Breed History

Originally developed from a small stray dog in the early 1900s by Mr. L. Whitaker outside Camden, South Carolina. Initially developed for hunting wild turkeys in the Wateree River and now the dove fields, the duck marshes and as a companion dog. Early ancestors of the Boykin are reported to be the Chesapeake Bay Retriever, Springer Spaniel, Cocker Spaniel, and the American Water Spaniel. AKC recognition occurred in 2009.

Breeding for Function

The Boykin Spaniel is a medium-sized, flushing and retrieving hunting dog, with moderate speed and agility. A favorite of hunters due to its willingness to work all day, as well as its smaller size, which allows the hunter to lift both dog and duck into the boat at the same time.

Physical Characteristics

Height at withers: Males 15.5-18 inches (39.5-46 cm), Females 14-16.5 inches (35.5-42 cm).

Weight: 25-40 pounds (11-18 kg).

Coat: Both an undercoat and an outer coat are present. The coat can range from flat to slightly wavy, with medium length, on the outer coat. The undercoat is short, and dense. The ears, chest, legs and belly are equipped with light fringe or feathering. The color is solid - rich liver, brown or dark chocolate. A small amount of white on chest or toes is permitted.

Longevity: 14-16 years.

Points of Conformation: The Boykin's Expression is alert, self-confident, attractive and intelligent. Eyes are varying shades of brown, set well apart, medium size and oval shaped. Ears are set slightly above or even with the line of the eye. The Skull is fairly broad and flat on top. The stop is moderate. Nose is dark liver with well opened nostrils. The Lips are close fitting and clean. The Bite should be scissors (preferred) or level. Back is straight, strong and essentially level. Loins are short, strong with a slight tuck up. The shoulders are sloping. The croup slopes gently to the tail-set in a natural line. Tail is docked to 3-5 inches. Legs are medium in length, strong, straight and well boned. The gait is effortless with good reach and a long stride that is in balance with the rear quarters for strong driving power. As speed increases it is natural for the legs to fall to a center line of travel.

Thanks for description - Animal life club

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