meet theBoykin Spaniel


Training &Temperament

Be it a hunting companion, a family companion, or a performance competitor, Boykins are fiercely attached to their owners. They can be trained to participate in and excel in most all AKC performance events including Spaniel Hunt Tests, Spaniel Field Trials, Working Ability Certifications, Tracking Tests, Obedience Trials, Rally Trials, and Agility Trials. Many Boykin Spaniels serve as Therapy and Service Dogs. Many more Boykin Spaniels compete successfully in Conformation Shows.

  • Children


    92% agree

  • Other Pets



  • Training


    82% agree

  • Time Alone


    18% agree

Did You Know?

The Boykin Spaniel is AKC's 163rd breed.

At the February 2007 Board Meeting the Boykin Spaniel was approved to compete in the Miscellaneous Class this became effective January 1, 2008.

At the November 2005 Board Meeting the Boykin Spaniel became eligible to compete in AKC Companion Events effective July 1, 2006, and in Spaniel Hunting Tests, effective January 1, 2006.

The Boykin Spaniel (designated by Act Nov. 31, 1985) is the official dog of South Carolina.

The Boykin Spaniel has been recorded in the Foundation Stock Service since 1997.

The Boykin Spaniel is the only dog which was originally bred for South Carolina hunters by South Carolinians.

The Boykin Spaniel is so small that you can lift both dog and duck into your boat at the same time.

The stray dog that Mr. Alexander L. White found was named "Dumpy" because of his short, rather thick build.

The Boykin Spaniel was first bred at the beginning of the 20th century.

colors & Markings

Below is a list of the colors and markings available for this breed. Please refer to the breed standard for descriptions and the difference in types.


Description Desc. Standard Colors Std. Colors Registration Code Reg. Code
Liver 123


Description Desc. Standard Markings Std. Markings Registration Code Reg. Code