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Boykin Spaniel vs Wire Fox Terrier vs Spanish Water Dog – Which one is a better dog breed for you?

"Find similarities and differences between Boykin Spaniel vs Wire Fox Terrier vs Spanish Water Dog" Compare Boykin Spaniel and Wire Fox Terrier. Which is better: Boykin Spaniel or Wire Fox Terrier or Spanish Water Dog?
Name Boykin Spaniel Wire Fox Terrier Spanish Water Dog
OriginsUnited States England Spain
Group Gun Dog Hunting Dogs Gun Dog
Popularity Rank9899148
Reviews211
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Other Names Boykin, Swamp Poodle, LBD (Little Brown Dog) Wire Fox Terrier, Foxie, Wire Hair Fox Terrier, Wirehaired Terrier Perro De Agua Español, SWD
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 1885 as a Terrier breed. Recognized by the American Kennel Club in 2015 as a Herding breed.
FCI Group Not recognized by FCI. Not recognized by FCI. Recognized by FCI in the Retrievers - Flushing Dogs - Water Dogs group, in the Water 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
Club Espanol De Terriers
American Canine Registry
American Kennel Club
America's Pet Registry
Dog Registry of America Inc.
Federation Cynologique Internationale
North American Purebred Registry, Inc.
American Canine Association, Inc.
National Kennel Club
United Kennel Club
Price $800-$1000 $800-$1200 $1000-$1200

General Appearance - Boykin Spaniel vs Wire Fox Terrier vs Spanish Water Dog

Size Medium Small Medium
Weight 25-40 pounds (11-18 kg) Male: 15-20 pounds (7-9 kg), Female: 13-18 pounds (6-8 kg) Male: 40-49 pounds (18-22 kg), Female: 30-40 pounds (14-18 kg)
Avg. Weight 32.5 pounds (14.5 kg) Male: 17.5 pounds (8 kg), Female: 15.5 pounds (7 kg) Male: 44.5 pounds (20 kg), Female: 35 pounds (16 kg)
Height 15-18 inches (38-46 cm) Male: 14-16 inches (36-41 cm), Female: 13-15 inches (33-38 cm) Male: 17-20 inches (44-50 cm), Female: 16-18 inches (40-46 cm)
Avg. Height 16.5 inches (42 cm) Male: 15 inches (38.5 cm), Female: 14 inches (35.5 cm) Male: 18.5 inches (47 cm), Female: 17 inches (43 cm)

Hair & Care - Boykin Spaniel vs Wire Fox Terrier vs Spanish Water Dog

Coat Feathered Wiry Curly
Waterproof
Woolly
No Undercoat
Grow into dreadlocks
Colors Brown White
White & Black
White & Tan
White & Black & Tan
White & Tan & Black
Chestnut
White
Black
Black & White
Brown & White
Grooming
Average: The Boykin Spaniel requires average grooming effort.
Average: The Wire Fox Terrier requires average grooming effort.
Easy to groom: The Spanish Water Dog doesn't require a lot of grooming.
Shedding Level
Boykin Spaniels shed moderately.
Wire Fox Terriers shed none to minimal.
Spanish Water Dogs shed none to minimal.

Characteristics - Boykin Spaniel vs Wire Fox Terrier vs Spanish Water Dog

Temperament Companionable
Energetic
Intelligent
Eager
Friendly
Trainable
Alert
Fearless
Keen
Intelligent
Bold
Friendly
Quick
Affectionate
Diligent
Trainable
Athletic
Loyal
Intelligent Rank
Low to average: This canine intelligence is not the brightest one.
Average: Wire Fox Terrier's has average obedience intelligence.
Low to average: This canine intelligence is not the brightest one.
Trainability
Boykin Spaniels are easy to train.
Wire Fox Terriers are easy to train.
Spanish Water Dogs are easy to train.
Playfulness
Boykin Spaniels, like any other dog breed, like playing.
The Wire Fox Terrier is a highly playful breed.
The Spanish Water Dog is a playful breed.
Sensitivity Level
They are a little bit more sensitive than other dog breeds.
Wire Fox Terriers have an average emotional level and are not the most sensitive dog breed.
Spanish Water Dogs 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.
Wire Fox Terriers are genuinely loyal, soft and gentle, loving and affectionate dogs toward their handlers.
Spanish Water Dogs are genuinely loyal, soft and gentle, loving and affectionate dogs toward their handlers.
Social Needs
Boykin Spaniels need for social interaction is average.
Wire Fox Terriers need a lot of social interaction.
Spanish Water Dogs are a social breed.
Barking
Average: The Boykin Spaniel barks occasionally.
High: The Wire Fox Terrier is a very vocal breed.
Average: The Spanish Water Dog barks occasionally.
Watchdog Ability
Boykin Spaniels are average watchdogs.
Wire Fox Terriers are average watchdogs.
Spanish Water Dogs are good watchdogs.
Territorial
Boykin Spaniels are average defenders.
Wire Fox Terriers strongly protect their territory.
Spanish Water Dogs are extremely protective guard dogs.
Biting Potential Low
The Boykin Spaniel has a low chance of biting somebody.
Low
The Wire Fox Terrier has a low chance of biting somebody.
Low
The Spanish Water Dog has a low chance of biting somebody.
Mouthiness
Boykin Spaniels have a higher than average tendency to nip, chew, play-bite, or herd people.
Wire Fox Terriers have a strong tendency to nip, chew, play-bite, or herd people.
Spanish Water Dogs have a higher than 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.
Wire Fox Terriers have high wanderlust potential, which means that this breed has a strong desire for exploring the world.
Wanderlust potential of the Spanish Water Dog 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.
Wire Fox Terriers have a high impulse to chase and catch something.
Spanish Water Dogs have a higher impulse to chase and catch something than other dog breeds.
Apartment Friendly
Boykin Spaniels are very apartment-friendly dogs.
Wire Fox Terriers are not the best choice for an apartment lifestyle, but they don't mind being inside if you walk them several times every day.
Spanish Water Dogs are not recommended for an apartment lifestyle.
Adaptability
Boykin Spaniels adapt very well to lifestyle changes and basically all living environments.
Wire Fox Terriers adapt very well to lifestyle changes and basically all living environments.
Spanish Water Dogs adapt well to lifestyle changes and different 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.
Wire Fox Terriers tend to have separation anxiety when their owners left them alone at home because they bond very closely with them.
Spanish Water Dogs 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 Wire Fox Terrier vs Spanish Water Dog

Stranger Friendly
Boykin Spaniels are average friendly towards strangers.
Wire Fox Terriers are average friendly towards strangers.
Spanish Water Dogs are not the most stranger friendly dogs.
Child Friendly
Boykin Spaniels are kid-friendly dogs.
Wire Fox Terriers are very kid-friendly dogs.
Spanish Water Dogs are not the most kid-friendly dogs.
Cat Friendly
Boykin Spaniels are average friendly towards cats.
Wire Fox Terriers are not cat-friendly dogs.
Spanish Water Dogs are not the most cat-friendly dogs.
Dog Friendly
Boykin Spaniels are average friendly towards other dogs.
Wire Fox Terriers are not the most dog-friendly dogs.
Spanish Water Dogs are average friendly towards other dogs.
Office Friendly No
Boykin Spaniel is not the best dog breed for office environment.
No
Wire Fox Terrier is not the best dog breed for office environment.
No
Spanish Water Dog is not the best dog breed for office environment.
Senior Citizens Friendly
Boykin Spaniels are usually recommended for elderly people.
Wire Fox Terriers are one of the best breeds for elderly people.
Spanish Water Dogs are not the best breed for elderly people.
Pet Friendly
Boykin Spaniels are generally with other pets.
Wire Fox Terriers do best when they’re the only pet at the family.
Spanish Water Dogs usually don’t get on well with other pets.
Good For First Time Owners No
Boykin Spaniels are not good for novice owners, due to their stubborn personality.
Yes
Wire Fox Terriers are good for novice owners, due to their easy-going personality.
No
Spanish Water Dogs 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.
Not really
Wire Fox Terrier breed usually doesn't like being on a boat.
Yes
Spanish Water Dog 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 Wire Fox Terrier vs Spanish Water Dog

Health Issues
The Boykin Spaniel is a healthy breed, but there are certain health issues that you should check with your vet regularly.
The Wire Fox Terrier is a healthy breed, but there are certain health issues that you should check with your vet regularly.
The Spanish Water Dog 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
Arthritis
Deafness
Epilepsy
Eye Problems
Legg-perthes Disease
Addison's Disease
Allergies
Cataracts
Cherry Eye
Distichiasis
Exocrine Pancreatic Insufficiency
Hip Dysplasia
Hypothyroidism
Neuroaxonal Dystrophy
Progressive retinal atrophy (PRA)
Life Expectancy 14-16 years 13-14 years 10-14 years
Hypoallergenic No Yes Yes
Energy Level
Boykin Spaniels are high energy dogs.
Wire Fox Terriers are high energy dogs.
Spanish Water Dogs have a higher energy level than other dog breeds.
Exercise Need
Boykin Spaniels need a lot of exercises.
Wire Fox Terriers need a lot of exercises.
Spanish Water Dogs need quite a lot of exercise.
Sleeping Need
Boykin Spaniels don't need too much sleep.
Wire Fox Terriers don't need too much sleep.
Spanish Water Dogs are quite energetic dogs and they don't spend to much time with sleeping.
Avg. daily food consumption 2 to 3 cups of a high-quality dog food a day. 1 to 2 cups of high-quality dry food a day, divided into two meals. 1.5 to 2.5 cups of high-quality dry food a day, divided into two meals.
Weight Gain Potential
Average to High.
Low to Average.
Average.
Weather & Climate Tolerates warm and cold weather. Tolerates warm and cold weather. Tolerates warm and cold weather.
Stinkiness Medium
The Boykin Spaniel has an average chance of bad smell.
Medium
The Wire Fox Terrier has an average chance of bad smell.
Medium
The Spanish Water Dog has an average chance of bad smell.
Drooling tendency
The Boykin Spaniel is a perfect example for very low drooling tendency.
The Wire Fox Terrier is a perfect example for very low drooling tendency.
The Spanish Water Dog is a perfect example for low drooling tendency.

Reproducibility - Boykin Spaniel vs Wire Fox Terrier vs Spanish Water Dog

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 4-6 puppies 4-6 puppies

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