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Boykin Spaniel vs American Cocker Spaniel vs English Cocker Spaniel – Which one is a better dog breed for you?

"Find similarities and differences between Boykin Spaniel vs American Cocker Spaniel vs English Cocker Spaniel" Compare Boykin Spaniel and American Cocker Spaniel. Which is better: Boykin Spaniel or American Cocker Spaniel or English Cocker Spaniel?
Name Boykin Spaniel American Cocker Spaniel English Cocker Spaniel
OriginsUnited States United States England
Group Gun Dog Gun Dog Gun Dog
Popularity Rank982952
Reviews205
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Other Names Boykin, Swamp Poodle, LBD (Little Brown Dog) Cocker Spaniel, Cocker, Merry Cocker Cocker, Merry Cocker Woker
Breed Type Purebred Purebred Purebred
AKC Group Recognized by the American Kennel Club in 2009 as a Sporting breed. Recognized by the American Kennel Club in 1878 as a Sporting breed. Recognized by the American Kennel Club in 1946 as a Sporting breed.
FCI Group Not recognized by FCI. Recognized by FCI in the Retrievers - Flushing Dogs - Water Dogs group, in the Flushing Dogs section. Recognized by FCI in the Retrievers - Flushing Dogs - Water Dogs group, in the Flushing Dogs section.
Breed Recognition American Canine Registry
American Kennel Club
America's Pet Registry
Continental Kennel Club
Dog Registry of America Inc.
Federation Cynologique Internationale
National Kennel Club
North American Purebred Registry, Inc.
United Kennel Club
American Canine Association, Inc.
American Canine Registry
American Kennel Club
America's Pet Registry
Canadian Kennel Club
Dog Registry of America Inc.
Federation Cynologique Internationale
Kennel Club of Great Britain
North American Purebred Registry, Inc.
American Canine Association, Inc.
Australian National Kennel Council
Continental Kennel Club
National Kennel Club
New Zealand Kennel Club
United Kennel Club
Canadian Canine Registry
American Canine Registry
American Kennel Club
America's Pet Registry
Canadian Kennel Club
Dog Registry of America Inc.
Federation Cynologique Internationale
Kennel Club of Great Britain
North American Purebred Registry, Inc.
American Canine Association, Inc.
Australian National Kennel Council
Continental Kennel Club
National Kennel Club
New Zealand Kennel Club
United Kennel Club
Canadian Canine Registry
Price $800-$1000 $600-$800 $900-$1200

General Appearance - Boykin Spaniel vs American Cocker Spaniel vs English Cocker Spaniel

Size Medium Medium Medium
Weight 25-40 pounds (11-18 kg) 15-30 pounds (7-14 kg) Male: 28-34 pounds (13-16 kg), Female: 26-32 pounds (12-15 kg)
Avg. Weight 32.5 pounds (14.5 kg) 22.5 pounds (10.5 kg) Male: 31 pounds (14.5 kg), Female: 29 pounds (13.5 kg)
Height 15-18 inches (38-46 cm) 15-16.5 inches (38-41 cm) Male: 15-17 inches (38-43 cm), Female: 14-16 inches (36-41 cm)
Avg. Height 16.5 inches (42 cm) 15-16.5 inches (39.5 cm) Male: 16 inches (40.5 cm), Female: 15 inches (38.5 cm)

Hair & Care - Boykin Spaniel vs American Cocker Spaniel vs English Cocker Spaniel

Coat Feathered Feathered Feathered
Colors Brown Brown
Red
Tan
Buff
Silver
Black
Blue
Roan
Liver
Tan
Golden
Black
Grooming
Average: The Boykin Spaniel requires average grooming effort.
Professional: This breed needs a lot of work to keep in good condition.
Average: The English Cocker Spaniel requires average grooming effort.
Shedding Level
Boykin Spaniels shed moderately.
American Cocker Spaniels shed moderately.
English Cocker Spaniels shed moderately.

Characteristics - Boykin Spaniel vs American Cocker Spaniel vs English Cocker Spaniel

Temperament Companionable
Energetic
Intelligent
Eager
Friendly
Trainable
Outright
Tempered
Merry
Intelligent
Trusting
Joyful
Outgoing
Sociable
Affectionate
Friendly
Playful
Trainable
Faithful
Intelligent
Quiet
Intelligent Rank
Low to average: This canine intelligence is not the brightest one.
Very smart: American Cocker Spaniel is an excellent dog breed.
Very smart: English Cocker Spaniel is an excellent dog breed.
Trainability
Boykin Spaniels are easy to train.
American Cocker Spaniels are quite easy to train.
English Cocker Spaniels are easy to train.
Playfulness
Boykin Spaniels, like any other dog breed, like playing.
The American Cocker Spaniel is a playful breed.
The English Cocker Spaniel is a playful breed.
Sensitivity Level
They are a little bit more sensitive than other dog breeds.
American Cocker Spaniels have an average emotional level and are not the most sensitive dog breed.
English Cocker Spaniels don't like an irregular daily routine, noisy household and frequent guest visits.
Affection Level
Boykin Spaniels are genuinely loyal, soft and gentle, loving and affectionate dogs toward their handlers.
American Cocker Spaniels are genuinely loyal, soft and gentle, loving and affectionate dogs toward their handlers.
English Cocker Spaniels are genuinely loyal, soft and gentle, loving and affectionate dogs toward their handlers.
Social Needs
Boykin Spaniels need for social interaction is average.
American Cocker Spaniels are a social breed.
English Cocker Spaniels are a social breed.
Barking
Average: The Boykin Spaniel barks occasionally.
Average to high: The American Cocker Spaniel is a vocal breed.
Average: The English Cocker Spaniel barks occasionally.
Watchdog Ability
Boykin Spaniels are average watchdogs.
American Cocker Spaniels are average watchdogs.
English Cocker Spaniels are good watchdogs.
Territorial
Boykin Spaniels are average defenders.
American Cocker Spaniels are average defenders.
English Cocker Spaniels are not the best to protect their territory.
Biting Potential Low
The Boykin Spaniel has a low chance of biting somebody.
Low
The American Cocker Spaniel has a low chance of biting somebody.
Low
The English Cocker Spaniel has a low chance of biting somebody.
Mouthiness
Boykin Spaniels have a higher than average tendency to nip, chew, play-bite, or herd people.
American Cocker Spaniels have an average tendency to nip, chew, play-bite, or herd people.
English Cocker Spaniels have an average tendency to nip, chew, play-bite, or herd people.
Impulse to Wander or Roam
Wanderlust potential of the Boykin Spaniel is strong enough to escape from home.
Wanderlust potential of the American Cocker Spaniel is strong enough to escape from home.
Wanderlust potential of the English Cocker Spaniel is strong enough to escape from home.
Prey Drive
Boykin Spaniels have low to an average impulse to chase and catch something like a cat or any other small aminals.
American Cocker Spaniels have a high impulse to chase and catch something.
English Cocker Spaniels have a high impulse to chase and catch something.
Apartment Friendly
Boykin Spaniels are very apartment-friendly dogs.
American Cocker Spaniels are very apartment-friendly dogs.
English Cocker Spaniels are very apartment-friendly dogs.
Adaptability
Boykin Spaniels adapt very well to lifestyle changes and basically all living environments.
American Cocker Spaniels adapt very well to lifestyle changes and basically all living environments.
English Cocker Spaniels adapt very well to lifestyle changes and basically all living environments.
Tolerates Being Left Alone
Just like every puppy, they are prone to panic, cry, bark, whine when they left alone by their owner.
American Cocker Spaniels do best when a family member is at home during the day or if their workplace is dog-friendly so they can take the dog at work.
English Cocker Spaniels do best when a family member is at home during the day or if their workplace is dog-friendly so they can take the dog at work.
Fighting Dog Not really
In history, this breed was not really used for combat dog.
Not really
In history, this breed was not really used for combat dog.
Not really
In history, this breed was not really used for combat dog.

Good With - Boykin Spaniel vs American Cocker Spaniel vs English Cocker Spaniel

Stranger Friendly
Boykin Spaniels are average friendly towards strangers.
American Cocker Spaniels are very stranger friendly dogs.
English Cocker Spaniels are average friendly towards strangers.
Child Friendly
Boykin Spaniels are kid-friendly dogs.
American Cocker Spaniels are very kid-friendly dogs.
English Cocker Spaniels are very kid-friendly dogs.
Cat Friendly
Boykin Spaniels are average friendly towards cats.
American Cocker Spaniels are average friendly towards cats.
English Cocker Spaniels are cat-friendly dogs.
Dog Friendly
Boykin Spaniels are average friendly towards other dogs.
American Cocker Spaniels are dog-friendly dogs.
English Cocker Spaniels are very dog-friendly dogs.
Office Friendly No
Boykin Spaniel is not the best dog breed for office environment.
Yes
American Cocker Spaniel is one of the best dog breeds for office environment
No
English Cocker Spaniel is not the best dog breed for office environment.
Senior Citizens Friendly
Boykin Spaniels are usually recommended for elderly people.
American Cocker Spaniels are one of the best breeds for elderly people.
English Cocker Spaniels are one of the best breeds for elderly people.
Pet Friendly
Boykin Spaniels are generally with other pets.
American Cocker Spaniels are generally with other pets.
English Cocker Spaniels are usually friendly towards other pets.
Good For First Time Owners No
Boykin Spaniels are not good for novice owners, due to their stubborn personality.
Yes
American Cocker Spaniels are good for novice owners, due to their easy-going personality.
No
English Cocker Spaniels are not good for novice owners, due to their stubborn personality.
Service Dog Not really
This breed generally not used as a service dog.
Not really
This breed generally not used as a service dog.
Not really
This breed generally not used as a service dog.
Therapy Dog Not really
This breed generally not used as a therapy dog.
Not really
This breed generally not used as a therapy dog.
Not really
This breed generally not used as a therapy dog.
Detection Dog or Sniffer Dog Not really
A detection dog or sniffer dog is a dog that is trained to use its senses (mostly its smell) to detect substances such as explosives, illegal drugs, wildlife scat, currency, blood, and contraband electronics such as illicit mobile phones.
Not really
A detection dog or sniffer dog is a dog that is trained to use its senses (mostly its smell) to detect substances such as explosives, illegal drugs, wildlife scat, currency, blood, and contraband electronics such as illicit mobile phones.
Not really
A detection dog or sniffer dog is a dog that is trained to use its senses (mostly its smell) to detect substances such as explosives, illegal drugs, wildlife scat, currency, blood, and contraband electronics such as illicit mobile phones.
Search and Rescue Dog (SAR) Not really
The use of dogs in search and rescue (SAR) is a valuable component in wilderness tracking, natural disasters, mass casualty events, and in locating missing people.
Not really
The use of dogs in search and rescue (SAR) is a valuable component in wilderness tracking, natural disasters, mass casualty events, and in locating missing people.
Not really
The use of dogs in search and rescue (SAR) is a valuable component in wilderness tracking, natural disasters, mass casualty events, and in locating missing people.
Boat Dog Yes
Boykin Spaniel breed usually likes being on a boat.
Yes
American Cocker Spaniel breed usually likes being on a boat.
Yes
English Cocker Spaniel breed usually likes being on a boat.
Cart Pulling or Drafting Dog Not really
A drafting dog or draft dog is a dog bred and used for cart pulling.
Not really
A drafting dog or draft dog is a dog bred and used for cart pulling.
Not really
A drafting dog or draft dog is a dog bred and used for cart pulling.

Health Factors - Boykin Spaniel vs American Cocker Spaniel vs English Cocker Spaniel

Health Issues
The Boykin Spaniel is a healthy breed, but there are certain health issues that you should check with your vet regularly.
American Cocker Spaniels are commonly healthy dogs.
The English Cocker Spaniel is a healthy breed, but there are certain health issues that you should check with your vet regularly.
Health Problems Cushing's Syndrome
Elbow Dysplasia
Heart Disease
Heart Problems
Hypothyroidism
Allergies
Autoimmune Hemolytic Anemia
Cataracts
Glaucoma
Hip Dysplasia
Hypothyroidism
Idiopathic Epilepsy
Patellar Luxation
Primary Seborrhea
Progressive retinal atrophy (PRA)
Cataracts
Ear Infections
Elbow Dysplasia
Hip Dysplasia
Renal Failure
Life Expectancy 14-16 years 12-15 years 12-14 years
Hypoallergenic No No No
Energy Level
Boykin Spaniels are high energy dogs.
American Cocker Spaniels have a higher energy level than other dog breeds.
English Cocker Spaniels are high energy dogs.
Exercise Need
Boykin Spaniels need a lot of exercises.
American Cocker Spaniels need quite a lot of exercise.
English Cocker Spaniels need quite a lot of exercise.
Sleeping Need
Boykin Spaniels don't need too much sleep.
American Cocker Spaniels are quite energetic dogs and they don't spend to much time with sleeping.
English Cocker Spaniels don't need too much sleep.
Avg. daily food consumption 2 to 3 cups of a high-quality dog food a day. 1.5 to 2.5 cups of high-quality dry food a day. 1 to 2 cups of high-quality dry food a day, divided into two meals.
Weight Gain Potential
Average to High.
Average to High.
High: The English Cocker Spaniel breed has a strong tendency to overweight.
Weather & Climate Tolerates warm and cold weather. Tolerates warm and cold weather. Prefers average to cold weather conditions
The English Cocker Spaniel can adapt to well to cold weather conditions, some dogs even can be a good mountain dog.
Stinkiness Medium
The Boykin Spaniel has an average chance of bad smell.
Medium
The American Cocker Spaniel has an average chance of bad smell.
High
The English Cocker Spaniel has a high chance of bad smell.
Drooling tendency
The Boykin Spaniel is a perfect example for very low drooling tendency.
The American Cocker Spaniel is a perfect example for very low drooling tendency.
The English Cocker Spaniel is a perfect example for very low drooling tendency.

Reproducibility - Boykin Spaniel vs American Cocker Spaniel vs English Cocker Spaniel

Gestation Length 60-64 days 60-64 days 60-64 days
How often can the have a litter? Once a year.
More frequent breeding is not healthy.
Once a year.
More frequent breeding is not healthy.
Once a year.
More frequent breeding is not healthy.
Litter Size 5-7 puppies 4-7 puppies 6-8 puppies

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