Dog Breed

Boykin Spaniel

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Full Name
Boykin Spaniel
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Life Span
10 - 14 years years
Weight
25 - 40 pounds
Description

Friendly, Energetic, Companionable, Intelligent, Eager, Trainable

Origin
Bred For
Turkey retrieving
Attachments
    Family Considerations
    Child Friendly

    Is the Boykin Spaniel good with children?

    Yes! The Boykin Spaniel is naturally friendly with children. As always, socialization is always important, but the Boykin Spaniel is an excellent dog for anyone with small children.
    Stranger Friendly

    Is the Boykin Spaniel friendly with strangers?

    Yes! The Boykin Spaniel is naturally friendly with everyone. As always, socialization is always important, but the Boykin Spaniel typically loves everyone they meet
    Dog Friendly

    Is the Boykin Spaniel friendly with other dogs?

    Yes! The Boykin Spaniel naturally loves other dogs. As always, socialization is always important, but the Boykin Spaniel typically gets along with every dog it meets
    Likes to Cuddle

    Does the Boykin Spaniel like to cuddle?

    The Boykin Spaniel appreciates affection and that includes kisses and snuggles!
    Playfulness

    Does the Boykin Spaniel like to play?

    The Boykin Spaniel is always ready for play! It's important to keep in mind, as they need to be stimulated with games and affection throughout the day.
    Service Dog Ability

    Does the Boykin Spaniel make a good service dog?

    The Boykin Spaniel can be a service dog with the proper training. Boykin Spaniels are not the most common service dog, but they certainly can be if their personality matches- smart, patient, and extremely dedicated to their owner.
    Overall Ease of Breed
    Ease for Novice

    Is the Boykin Spaniel good for first-time owners?

    The Boykin Spaniel is a good breed for first-time owners. A good fit for first-time owners are friendly breeds that are motivated to please their owner. This means they can be trained, and are rarely aggressive and overpowering.
    Training Potential

    How well can the Boykin Spaniel be trained?

    The Boykin Spaniel is about average when it comes to training potential. The Boykin Spaniel can be seen in competitions and can have advanced training, but it would require much dedication and oftentimes professional training.
    Amount of Shedding

    Does the Boykin Spaniel shed a lot?

    The Boykin Spaniel sheds a lot! They may still shed less than a few other breeds, but be prepared for dog hair throughout the home and on your clothes.
    Ease of Grooming

    Is the Boykin Spaniel easy to groom?

    The Boykin Spaniel requires an average amount of grooming. Taking your Boykin Spaniel to the pet salon will make your life easier, but its possible to groom a Boykin Spaniel on your own as well.
    Exercise Need

    Does the Boykin Spaniel need a lot of exercise?

    The Boykin Spaniel needs a daily exercise partner! The Boykin Spaniel is best suited for a family where it will get plenty of daily exercise; it has so much energy that exercise is mandatory to avoid destructive behaviors.
    Personality
    Intelligence

    How smart is the Boykin Spaniel?

    The Boykin Spaniel has average intelligence. They are smart and witty, but do not need to be constantly challenged mentally, as some other breeds.
    Amount of Barking

    How much does the Boykin Spaniel bark? Does the Boykin Spaniel bark too much?

    The Boykin Spaniel barks an average amount. It can vary widely between Boykin Spaniels - some may be much more expressive than others.
    Guard Dog Ability

    Is the Boykin Spaniel a good guard dog?

    The Boykin Spaniel is not typically used as a guard dog, although they can be alert and oftentimes notify you if there is a stranger at the door or otherwise something to be concerned over.
    Tolerates Being Alone

    Is the Boykin Spaniel good at staying alone? Is the Boykin Spaniel independent?

    The Boykin Spaniel is not very independent and does not do great when left behind for longer than a couple of hours. This is one of the most important things to consider when getting a new dog.
    Home and Environment Considerations
    Good for Apartment Living

    Is the Boykin Spaniel a good apartment dog?

    The Boykin Spaniel is not a good dog for apartment living for several reasons. It is still possible to make it work if the owner is dedicated to plenty of training and daily exercise, but it may be challenging.
    Size

    How big is the Boykin Spaniel?

    The Boykin Spaniel is a medium sized dog breed. They can range in size depending on genetics, and males are larger on average than females.
    Tolerates Heat

    How much does the Boykin Spaniel tolerate hot weather? When is it too hot for a Boykin Spaniel?

    The Boykin Spaniel can tolerate some heat, but should not be over-exposed to hot weather. In general, they can live in hot weather climates, but would do best with air conditioning or at least a fan in their home, especially where they sleep.
    Tolerates Cold

    How much does the Boykin Spaniel tolerate cold weather? When is it too cold for a Boykin Spaniel?

    The Boykin Spaniel can tolerate cold weather well. Play time in the snow or on particularly cold evenings may need to be limited, but overall they can do well in cold climates.
    Potential to Run Away

    Does the Boykin Spaniel try to run away?

    It is natural for the Boykin Spaniel to run away. They are easily distracted and excited, so the urge to run away should be expected and prepared for- a fenced yard is important.
    Physical Characteristics
    General Health

    Is the Boykin Spaniel a healthy dog? The health of a Boykin Spaniel should be measured not just by how many years they live, but also by how many health issues they've had. It is important to know which health conditions your breed is prone to- hip problems, eye problems, bloating, and arthritis are all common dog health problems.

    The Boykin Spaniel has many health problems that should be considered. The Boykin Spaniel can still live a perfectly healthy life, but it's important to consider all of these health risks ahead of time.
    Energy Level

    How energetic is the Boykin Spaniel?

    It seems like the Boykin Spaniel never runs out of energy. If you are looking for a 5 AM run partner, the Boykin Spaniel is your dog! A dog's energy level is one of the most important considerations when getting a new dog, and we would only recommend the Boykin Spaniel for a family where it will get plenty of exercise.
    Amount of Drooling

    How much does the Boykin Spaniel drool?

    The Boykin Spaniel drools an average amount- typically only after heavy exercise or if you are eating their favorite human food in front of them.
    Prey Drive

    Does the Boykin Spaniel have a large prey drive? Does the Boykin Spaniel like to chase birds, cats, and other small animals?

    The Boykin Spaniel has some prey drive, so should not be left alone with very small animals such as birds, mice, or gerbils, but with some gradual introduction should be fine living with a cat in the same home.
    Athleticism

    Is the Boykin Spaniel atheltic?

    The Boykin Spaniel is a true athlete. The Boykin Spaniel is both fast, strong, and has a ton of endurance that suits it well for runs, hikes, and even marathons!
  1. Sporting
  2. Boykin Spaniel
The Boykin Spaniel is a purebred dog that falls within the larger Sporting dog breed group.
Sporting group: Sporting dogs are the natural athletes of the dog world. They have high energy, and always look to be stimulated with some activity or challenge. These dogs thrive in the outdoors- particularly the woods and the water. Sporting dogs include the best swimming dogs, retrieving dogs, and other field activities. They have traditionally been bred to assist hunters find and retrieve birds and other smaller hunting game. Sporting dogs are not known as guard dogs, but because of their alertness and loyalty to their family, with proper training they can be good home protectors as well. Over the years they have become extremely well-rounded, so with plenty of exercise can make excellent home companions. They are willing to please their owners, so if you put the time into training and exercise you will be rewarded with an amazing dog.

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