A New York Boykin
|Country of origin
|Classification and breed standards
||Gun Dog Breeds
|Not recognized by any major kennel club
|This breed of dog is
The Boykin Spaniel is a medium sized
dog and a member of
family. It is the
state dog of
South Carolina and its original purpose was to flush and retrieve game. In
New York City, the Boykin is particularly rare, and with its natural
cockatoo/bouffant hair style, leading in time to bangs over the eyes, it is
always the centre of attention.
Slightly larger than the
English Cocker Spaniel (about 17 inches high and a weight over 30 pounds)
with more feathering, its coat colour comes only in liver. Traditionally, its
tail is cropped
at the age of three days, to stop wagging during hunting.
The name comes from Mr. Whitt Boykin, who lived near Spartanburg, South
Carolina, and who was its first trainer. But the dog was originally found in
1911, outside a Methodist church after service. Looking terribly bedraggled, he
was named "Dumpy", but showed some aptitude for hunting, which the breed still
It was apparently bred (with a dog named Singo) with its brown coat for
The breed is a definite working dog with ideal retriever instincts,
enthusiasm, and endurance. The personality is ever-bright, it easily substitutes
ball retrieving for turkey retrieving, and will swim with agility in any aquatic
It is excellent with children (better, some say, than its cousin Cocker
Spaniel) and is an instinctive swimmer.
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