Boykin Spaniel Dog Breed

The Boykin is a tireless breed that will stay by your side all day to hunt and work.
By: PawCulture Editors
Boykin Spaniel resting on a sidewalk.

About the Boykin Spaniel Dog Breed

First bred in South Carolina by hunters in the 1900’s, the Boykin Spaniel has come a long way since those days. Along with his excellent hunting skills, today’s Boykin is also a fantastic family dog.

Boykin Spaniel Physical Characteristics

A dog of medium size and weight (around 25 to 35 pounds for females and 30 to 40 pounds for males), the Boykin Spaniel looks exactly as you would expect a pup in the spaniel family to.


Solid liver, brown or dark chocolate


The Boykin Spaniel has a medium-length outer coat with flat to slightly wavy fur and a short, dense undercoat.

Boykin Spaniel Personality and Temperament

Activity Level



The Boykin is a tireless breed that will stay by your side all day to hunt and work, but it also loves companionship and makes for a great family pet, even for homes with small kids and other pets.

Things to Consider

Activity is extra important to keep the Boykin healthy, so this breed will do best with an active family who is able to exercise it frequently. 

Boykin Spaniel Care

Ideal Living Conditions

The breed does best in a medium to larger home environment with lots of space to run around and exercise.

Special Requirements

The Boykin requires a lot of exercise and stimulation, and their coat requires weekly brushing and occasional bathing.

Boykin Spaniel Health

Like most spaniels, the Boykin may be susceptible to hip dysplasia, patellar luxation, eye problems like cataracts and skin problems.

Boykin Spaniel History and Background

Back in the early 1900’s, South Carolina hunters needed a smart, easily trained retriever to help them hunt ducks and wild turkey so L.W. “Whit” Boykin experimented with cross-breeding to develop the first Boykin Spaniel, a small, multipurpose retriever perfect for those hunting jobs.

Today the Boykin has spread across the country. Their stamina in hot weather and their pension for loving water makes them a great choice for hunters, although they are happy both on hunting boats and curled up with their family.