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The Boykin Spaniel has a rich liver coat with auburn highlights. It can be wavy, curly
and what I call straight. The tips of the hairs gets sun bleached at times in which it
gives a golden hue around the ears. During the winter months there is not much you
can do to groom the Boykin coat. One good tip is to brush and check once a week for
hitchhikers. Hitchhikers are all the burs and plant seeds that the Boykin collects
during their excursions hunting and being outdoors. Late spring and early summer is
really the time to groom their coats. This can be a task if you do it yourself. First and
foremost , give your Boykin a very good bath and  try to dry them off as much as
possible. Next, I start to cut the longer hair around the ears and legs with scissors. It
seems that around the ears gets matted pretty good, so be gentle and do not nip the
ear. Once your done, use a good set of electric grooming clippers. I like and
OSTER clipper model A5. I also use the ANDIS 2 speed model which is
a quieter model and doesn't’t make some of our Boykins nervous while grooming. I
have numerous size blades that are interchangeable for both brands. Blades
#7 and
#10 work very good. I also use
#40 on the belly area to make it a little bit comfortable
during the hot months. Definitely, be careful with this blade because it will cut a lot of
hair real fast. (BALD). While grooming with the electric clippers make sure they are
oiled and keep dirt from dulling the blades. I use a product called “ Blade Wash”
sometimes when the blade is not cutting efficiently. If you don’t feel comfortable
clipping and grooming your Boykin then I suggest your local dog salon. Be safe and
good luck! Make sure your Boykin looks good!   Clip away!
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