The Boykin Spaniels attributes can be one that is dauntless and bold. When given
the task to flush and retrieve game from land or water, their relentlessness is
backed to please their master. The Boykin was designed for those who hunt by
foot. Depending on the preference of game and with proper training they are
excellent in scenting, tracking, and hunting both fur and feathered game. A Boykin
Spaniel has a short to medium range that will suit every field hunters needs. If you
prefer to hunt on water, the Boykin is very skillful and enthusiastic. It seems that it
is just as strong and agile as on land. Granted, the Boykin is smaller and compact,
and to compare its vigor to the traditional, larger water retrieving hunting breeds
like the Labradors and Chesapeake Bay Retreivers, it would not be fair.

Historically, Boykin Spaniels were used in the swamps of Wateree River, South
Carolina for their adaptability on small boats in which the locals spoke, “the dog
that does’t rock the boat”. Genetically speaking the  Boykin has been linked to the
Chesapeake and the American Water Spaniel. which helps give the Boykin Spaniel
their reputation of confidence and tenacity.  The  Boykin Spaniel is gaining respect
and support in the hunting communities.  Understanding the Boykin’s physical
characteristics and background is to appreciate that the Boykin Spaniel is an all-
around gun dog.
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