Of all the hunting dogs, this dog is a true Southerner with humble beginnings. The original Boykin Spaniel was a stray dog picked up outside a Spartanburg, South Carolina church by Alexander White. White christened the stray “Dumpy” and, as it turned out, one man’s Dumpy was another man’s treasure. Upon discovering the keen bird sense and natural hunting ability of the stray, White began the tradition of the Boykin Spaniel. Dumpy and his progeny were crossed with Pointers, Springer Spaniels, Water Spaniels and Chesapeake Bay Retrievers to develop the Boykin Spaniel seen today.
Now the official state dog of South Carolina, the Boykin Spaniel has amber or yellow eyes, a docked tail and a wavy or curly waterproof coat that is liver colored. Possessing intelligence and loyalty, this dog is an excellent swimmer and zealous hunter. Their good nose helps contribute to their versatility in hunting. In 2009, the AKC recognized this breed as a member of the Sporting Group.
The Boykin is compact, with a height between 14 to 18 inches at the shoulder and weighing in between 25 and 40 pounds.