Boykin Spaniel

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Average size and lifespan

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Height: 1ft 2in - 1ft 6in
Weight: 25-40lbs
Lifespan: 10 - 12 Years


  • Affection5/5
  • Kid-Friendly5/5
  • Stranger-Friendly3/5
  • Dog-Friendly4/5
  • Barking Amount3/5


  • Grooming Difficulty3/5
  • Shedding Amount3/5
  • Easy to Train4/5
  • Can Be Alone3/5
  • Exercise Need3/5


  • Cold Tolerance3/5
  • Heat Tolerance3/5
  • Apartment-Friendly1/5

Boykin Spaniel Information

Boykin SpanielThe Boykin possesses all the characteristics we’ve come to know and love about Spaniels: a happy, friendly personality; an eagerness to please; the ability to learn quickly; and so much love and joy. Larger than the Cocker Spaniel but more compact than Springers, the Boykin stands out for his prominent, dangling ears and gorgeous rich brown coat.

The breed was created by South Carolina hunters during the early 1900s as the ideal dog for hunting wild turkeys in the swamps. In later ears he adapted to fields and marshes, making him quite the versatile hunter. Even if you don’t hunt, you’ll want to consider the Boykin Spaniel. The breed is easy to train, gets along great with other pets and plays with children better than you could ever imagine.

All dogs have their own personality and unique training, causing them to differ slightly from these breed stats. However, please let us know if we made an error in the stats, we appreciate your help!

Breed FAQs

Can Boykin Spaniels be apartment dogs?

Boykin Spaniels don't do very well in apartments. It's recommended to look at another breed better suited to apartment-living.

Can Boykin Spaniels be left alone?

While Boykin Spaniels prefer to be around their owners, they can do fairly well when left alone if necessary.

Are Boykin Spaniels good with kids?

Boykin Spaniels are typically excellent with kids. As with any dog it's important to monitor them around children, however they are often very gentle.

Are Boykin Spaniels friendly with strangers?

Although Boykin Spaniels can take a bit to warm up to a stranger, they are mostly friendly with others.

Do Boykin Spaniels get along with other dogs?

Typically, Boykin Spaniels get along well with other dogs or are easy to socialize with them. It's uncommon that they're overly agressive.

Do Boykin Spaniels bark a lot?

As far as dogs go, Boykin Spaniels bark an average amount. You can expect them to bark to alert you, get your attention, or when there are strangers or other dogs.

Do Boykin Spaniels shed a lot?

Boykin Spaniels shed a medium amount. They will have seasonal shedding, but aren't terrible to clean up after.

Do Boykin Spaniels need a lot of grooming?

Although Boykin Spaniels require a medium amount of maintenance to keep their coats healthy. Simple tasks like brushing and bathing will suit this breed.

Do Boykin Spaniels need a lot of exercise?

A Boykin Spaniel will need a moderate amount of exercise to be happy. You'll need to plan some basic walks or fetch during the day.

Are Boykin Spaniels easy to train?

Typically, Boykin Spaniels are easy to train. They enjoy the bonding process with their owner and are quick to learn.

Can Boykin Spaniels handle cold weather?

Although Boykin Spaniels can handle the cold weather when out with you, they may not want to stay out for long periods of time.

Can Boykin Spaniels handle hot weather?

Although Boykin Spaniels can tolerate hot conditions, be careful not to expose them for too long.

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