Boykin Spaniel Information & Dog Breed Facts

Collection of all the general dog breed info about Boykin Spaniel so you can get to know the breed more.

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OriginUnited States flagUnited States
Other Names
What other names does the Boykin Spaniel have?
Swamp PoodleBoykin
Breed Type
What type of dog breed is it?
Purebred

Boykin Spaniel Price and Availability

Price
How much does the Boykin Spaniel puppy cost? What is the price range of this puppy? What is the average price of this dog in the United States? How much money is a Boykin Spaniel?
$800-$1000
If you choose to purchase the Boykin Spaniel, you should know that the mentioned amount of money is an average of the collected data from breeders’ sites and puppy finder places. If you have a Boykin Spaniel for sale, please advertise it on a reliable website to make sure the Boykin Spaniel gets to a happy place.
Availability
How easy is it to get a Boykin Spaniel? How many Boykin Spaniel are there in the world?
Very frequent: The Boykin Spaniel is quite easy to get. There is a risk of overbreeding, as it is an extremely popular breed.

Inbreeding is common because of its popularity. A new study suggests that inbreeding contributes to the incidence of disease and health problems.

So be careful, buy from a trustworthy place or kennel and seek the help of an experienced person, a professional, to make the right decision.

Boykin Spaniel Size

Size
Is a Boykin Spaniel small, medium or large dog?

How big do Boykin Spaniel get?

Medium
Weight
How much does the Boykin Spaniel weigh? How much should the Boykin Spaniel breed weight? What is the normal weight of a Boykin Spaniel?
25-40 pounds (11-18 kg)
Average Weight
What is the average weight of a Boykin Spaniel?
32.5 pounds (14.5 kg)
Height
How tall is the Boykin Spaniel? Boykin Spaniel height:
15-18 inches (38-46 cm)
Average Height
What is the average height of a Boykin Spaniel?
16.5 inches (42 cm)

Boykin Spaniel Grooming, Hair and Care

Coat / Hair Types
What type of coat does the Boykin Spaniel have? What does this canine coat/fur look like?
Feathered
Colors
What color is the breed's coat? What color is a proper Boykin Spaniel's coat?
Brown
Grooming
How to groom the Boykin Spaniel and how often?
Average: The Boykin Spaniel requires average grooming effort. Cutting the dog's hair by a professional groomer isn't essential.

Brushing the dog's coat is useful to reduce shedding. Ears and eyes should be cleaned regularly to avoid infections.

Don't skip the seasonal flea treatment too. Dog nail trimming and dog bath can be helpful sometimes.

Check the local pet store for dog grooming supplies and find the best dog shampoo to keep its coat healthy and give your dog a pleasant experience of a dog bath.

If you don't have the time, skill, or money to take care of your Boykin Spaniel, search for a dog groomer or clipping service in your area and book an appointment.

Maybe you're lucky to have a dog boarding service that includes grooming or walk-in dog bath places nearby.

Shedding Level
How much do Boykin Spaniel dogs shed? How to control, reduce and prevent the shedding of the Swamp Poodle?
Boykin Spaniels shed moderately. It's a natural process of the hair growth cycle. Regular brushing reduces the amount of hair that sheds. It mostly depends on their health status and breed type.
Bath Time / Bathing Frequency
How often does the Boykin Spaniel need a bath? How often should bathe this dog? Can I bathe my Boykin Spaniel every day?
6-8 weeks
Rarely. Bathing your dog is beneficial to them in more ways than just one. It’s also a good time to look for unusual scratches, bumps, fleas, and other irregularities. When their hair is wet and flat against their body, these details are more visible.

For example, short-haired dog breeds can go a very long time in between baths. These short-haired breeds shed regularly and that shedding works to naturally remove excess dirt and oil. So unless your weenie dog got into the garbage can, you can probably hold off on a bath for a while.

Boykin Spaniel Personality / Temperament

Temperament
What kind of personality does the Boykin Spaniel have? What characteristics or traits does the breed have?
CompanionableEnergeticIntelligentEagerFriendlyTrainable
Intelligent Rank
How smart is the Boykin Spaniel? Is the Boykin Spaniel breed dumb or smart?
Low to average: This canine intelligence is not the brightest one. Keep in mind that if you want to teach them any tricks, they understand and memorize new commands in 40-80 repetitions. Boykin Spaniel obey the first command 30% of the time or better. So if you want to have a smart dog, you might have to reconsider your choice with this breed.

The Boykin Spaniel ranks below average in the intelligence ranking of dogs.

Trainability
Are Boykin Spaniel dogs easy to train? Do they go well on dog training?
Boykin Spaniels are easy to train. They find out the association between commands and actions quite quickly.
Playfulness
How playful is this breed?
Average: Boykin Spaniels, like any other dog breed, like playing. Sometimes they bark in excitement for playing, but they are not the most playful dog breed.
Sensitivity Level
How sensitive are they? Boykin Spaniel sensitivity:
They are a little bit more sensitive than other dog breeds. Soft punishment affects them emotionally. Boykin Spaniels don't tolerate irregular daily routine, noisy household, and frequent guest visits really well.

They are receptive to their owner's emotions and make wonderful family companions.

Affection Level
How affectionate are they? Is a Boykin Spaniel a good family dog?
High: Boykin Spaniels are genuinely loyal, soft and gentle, loving and affectionate dogs toward their handlers. They enjoy quality time with their owners despite the activity and are considered great therapy dog for those in need. This breed responds strongly to their handler's emotions because they bond closely. Their happiness is your happiness.
Social Needs
How much social interaction does the Swamp Poodle need? Boykin Spaniel social needs:
Boykin Spaniels need for social interaction is average. This breed likes being around people or other animals, but they don't mind being left alone for a few hours either.
Barking
Do Boykin Spaniel dogs bark a lot? Are they barkers/noisy? Why does my Swamp Poodle bark?
Average: The Boykin Spaniel barks occasionally. They can change their barks depending on their emotional level and what they're trying to say. Different barks could mean the same and the same barks could have different meanings.

Top reasons for barking: protection, alarm, fear, boredom, attention-seeking, greeting, separation anxiety, compulsive barking.

Watchdog Ability
Is Boykin Spaniel good as a watchdog? Are they alert at night?
Boykin Spaniels are average watchdogs. If they sense something different, they will alert you, but the observation isn't considered their main job.
Guarding Behavior / Territorial
Do Boykin Spaniel dogs have aggressive behavior to protect their home/house/territory? Do they have guarding instincts?
Boykin Spaniels are average defenders. Some dogs are very protective of their territory, while others easily let a stranger to trespass. This breed is not sure to defend its territory in every situation.
Biting Potential
Do Boykin Spaniel bite humans? How likely are you to get bitten from the Swamp Poodle? What are the odds of getting bitten by a Boykin Spaniel? Why do dog bites happen?

Low 🔽

The Boykin Spaniel has a low chance of biting somebody. Top reasons for dog bite: protection, pain, excitement, herding instinct, being provoked. (Data based on the available online bite statistics.)
Bite Force
Does the Boykin Spaniel has a hard bite? What is the bite force of a Boykin Spaniel? How much bite force does a Boykin Spaniel have?

Between 200 and 400 PSI

Boykin Spaniel bite force: Ordinary. Average dogs have a bite force between 200 and 400 PSI.

The Boykin Spaniel, and many others, have a fearsome presence because they have significant jaw strength, so it is important not to anger the dog and have it around strangers until it is fully trained.

However, they are usually quite calm and good companions, they work well in families and are easy to care for.

Mouthiness
How much mouthing/nipping/play biting does the Boykin Spaniel do?
Boykin Spaniels have a higher than average tendency to nip, chew, play-bite, or herd people. It's a common habit during puppyhood, not aggressive behavior. These "bites" don't hurt, but Boykin Spaniels need to be taught for a good attitude.
Impulse to Wander or Roam
How likely is the Boykin Spaniel to run away? Does this breed explore or wander a lot? Does Boykin Spaniel roam?
The wanderlust potential of the Boykin Spaniel is strong enough to escape from home. They have a strong desire for exploring the world. Safer to walk them on a leash unless you teach them how to get back to you on command.
Prey Drive
Do this canine have a strong prey drive? Does Boykin Spaniel have high prey drive?
Boykin Spaniels have low to an average impulse to chase and catch something like a cat or any other small aminals.
Apartment Friendly
Is Boykin Spaniel good as an apartment dog? Can they live in a flat?
Very house-friendly dog the Boykin Spaniel breed. It's good if you have a small garden where he can go out and do his business, but it's not important at all. You can get enough exercise with one or two walks a day, so keeping them indoors shouldn't be a problem.
Adaptability
Are they adaptable and easy-going?
Boykin Spaniels adapt very well to lifestyle changes and basically all living environments. They don't mind moving from one place to another with their owner.
Tolerates Being Left Alone
How long can a Boykin Spaniel be left alone?
Just like every puppy, they are prone to panic, cry, bark, whine when they left alone by their owner. With proper socialization and quality time with the dog can solve this problem.

Boykin Spaniel Good With

Stranger Friendly
Are they aggressive or friendly towards/with strangers? Boykin Spaniel temperament with other people:
Boykin Spaniels are average friendly towards strangers.
Pet Friendly
Are they pet-friendly dogs? How well do Boykin Spaniel dogs get along with other pets? Are Boykin Spaniel dogs good with pets? What is this canine temperament with other pets?
Boykin Spaniels are generally with other pets.
Child Friendly
Are Boykin Spaniel dogs kid-friendly? Are they good with young children? Boykin Spaniel temperament with children:
Boykin Spaniels are kid-friendly dogs. This breed is a good choice if you have children.
Cat Friendly
How well do Boykin Spaniel dogs get along with cats? Are they good with kittens? What is this fido's temperament with cats? Can they be good with cats? Can the Boykin Spaniel breed live with a cat?
Boykin Spaniels are average friendly towards cats.
Dog Friendly
Is Boykin Spaniel good with other dogs? Are they dog-friendly dogs? How well do Boykin Spaniel dogs get along with other dogs?
Boykin Spaniels are average friendly towards other dogs.
Good For First Time Owners
Is Boykin Spaniel breed good for first-time owners? Do they make a good dog for novice owners? Is Boykin Spaniel breed suitable for first-time owners?
Yes
Boykin Spaniels are good for novice owners, due to their easy-going personality.
Office Friendly
Are Boykin Spaniels good office dogs? Do Boykin Spaniels make good office friendly dogs? Can Boykin Spaniels be office dogs?
No
Boykin Spaniel is not the best dog breed for office environment.
Senior Citizens Friendly
Are they senior citizens friendly dogs? How well do Boykin Spaniel dogs get along with the elderly people? What is the Swamp Poodle temperament with senior people? Are Boykin Spaniel dogs good for elderly owners?
Boykin Spaniels are usually recommended for elderly people.

Boykin Spaniel Health

Health Issues
Is it a healthy or unhealthy breed? Do Boykin Spaniel dogs have health problems or genetic diseases?
The Boykin Spaniel is a healthy breed, but there are certain health issues that you should check with your vet regularly.
Health Problems
What genetic/health problems does the Boykin Spaniel breed have? What are the health issues and concerns of the Boykin Spaniel breed? Most common health risks of Boykin Spaniel:
Cushing's SyndromeElbow DysplasiaHeart DiseaseHeart ProblemsHypothyroidism
Veterinarian Visits
How often does the Boykin Spaniel breed need to go to the vet? How often should you take your dog to the vet? How often should the Boykin Spaniel see the vet?
Average
The Boykin Spaniel should have a complete physical check-up at least once per year. If your dog shows any symptoms, call your veterinarian.
Life Expectancy
How long do Boykin Spaniel dogs live? How old can a Boykin Spaniel be? What is the age limit of the Boykin Spaniel? How many years can the oldest Boykin Spaniel live?

What is the average life expectancy / lifespan of a Boykin Spaniel?

14-16 years
The average lifespan of Boykin Spaniel: 15 years
Hypoallergenic
Is the Boykin Spaniel breed hypoallergenic?
No
Boykin Spaniels don't do well with allergy sufferers by causing allergic reaction. Some of the dog breeds are even considered to higher the possibility of an allergic response. Coat type isn't necessarily relevant, because most people are allergic to dander (flakes on the dog's skin) or saliva, not actually to dog hair.
Energy Level
How much energy does the Boykin Spaniel have? What is the activity level of the Boykin Spaniel?
Boykin Spaniels are high-energy dogs. An active lifestyle makes them happy.
Activity Requirement / Exercise Need
How much exercise does a Boykin Spaniel need? How much exercise do Boykin Spaniel dogs require per day?
Boykin Spaniels need a lot of exercises. Long walks should be on a daily schedule. If you live an active life, this breed can be a good choice for you.
Sleeping Need
How much sleep does the Boykin Spaniel breed need?
Boykin Spaniels don't need too much sleep. They are energetic and desire to live an active life. If you think naps are overrated, this breed can be the best choice for you.
Average daily food consumption
How much food does a Boykin Spaniel need? What dog products should I buy? How much food does a Boykin Spaniel breed eat per day? What is good dog food for Boykin Spaniel? How much food should I feed my Boykin Spaniel?
2 to 3 cups of a high-quality dog food a day.
Weight Gain Potential / Prone to Obesity
How easy to gain weight for this dog? Boykin Spaniel risk for obesity:
Average to High: If you don't pay attention to the Boykin Spaniel's weight, he can easily gain weight. More than one daily walk should be on schedule. To make your dog happy and fit, feed him with quality dry dog food and live an active life together. Try to find the happy medium between exercise and feeding.

If you notice any weight gain, consult your veterinarian and make a diet plan. Reduce unhealthy food and snacks, and measure the Boykin Spaniel's weight regularly.

Weather and Climate
Which weather condition is preferred by this dog? Can they tolerate hot or cold weather and climate?
Tolerates warm and cold weather
Dogs that tolerate hot and cold weather are typically those that have a double coat of fur. Dogs with a double coat of fur have a layer of fur that insulates their skin and helps protect them from the cold and the heat.
Stinkiness
How stinky is this dog? Why does it smell bad and how to get rid of the smell?

Medium

The Boykin Spaniel has an average chance of bad smell. Top reasons for dog stinkiness: infection of bad tooth/ear/skin folds, gas attacks.
Drooling Tendency
Does the Boykin Spaniel drool?
The Boykin Spaniel is a perfect example of a very low drooling tendency. If you're disgusted by slobber spots on your clothes, the Boykin Spaniel could be a perfect choice for you. Drooling is the unintentional saliva flowing outside of the mouth. It can be completely normal or a sign of a health problem. Certain dog breeds drool minimum compared to others, just like the Boykin Spaniel.

If you notice any change in your dog's drooling habit, you should contact a vet as soon as possible.

Boykin Spaniel As a Working Dog

Service Dog
Are they good as service dogs? Can Boykin Spaniel be a guide dog? Are they used as seeing-eye dogs?

Not really

This breed generally not used as a service dog. A service dog is a term used in the USA to refer to any type of assistance dog specifically trained to help people who have disabilities, such as visual impairment, hearing impairments, mental disorders, seizures, mobility impairment, and diabetes. Service dogs are protected under the ADA (Americans with Disabilities Act).

Boykin Spaniel is not the best breed for service purposes.

Therapy Dog
Are they good as therapy dogs? Can Boykin Spaniel be a therapy dog? Are they good anxiety dogs? Can a Boykin Spaniel be an emotional support animal?

Not really

This breed is generally not used as a therapy dog. A therapy dog is a dog that might be trained to provide affection, comfort, and love to people in hospitals, retirement homes, nursing homes, schools, hospices, disaster areas, and people with anxiety disorders or autism.

Boykin Spaniel is not the best breed for therapeutic purposes.

Detection Dog or Sniffer Dog
Are they good as detection dogs? Can Boykin Spaniel be a sniffer dog?

Not really

They are not typically employed for this type of work, but there may be exceptional cases. 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.

Boykin Spaniel is not the best breed for detection purposes.

Search and Rescue Dog (SAR)
Are they good as SAR dogs? Can Boykin Spaniel be a search and rescue dog?

Not really

This dog breed is not typically used as a search and rescue dog. The use of dogs in search and rescue (SAR) is a valuable component in wilderness tracking, natural disasters, mass casualty events, and locating missing people.

The Boykin Spaniel is not the best breed for SAR purposes.

Boat and Sailor Dog
Are they good as boat dogs? Can Boykin Spaniel be a boat dog?

Yes

Boykin Spaniel breed usually likes being on a boat.

Boat dogs were typically bred for their strength, stamina, and water resistance, as they were often required to perform tasks such as pulling in fishing nets, and jumping into the water to retrieve ropes or lines, or helping to move cargo.

Sailor dog is a type of dog that was bred to accompany sailors on their voyages. They were typically used for three purposes: as a working dog, as a watchdog, and as a companion. A boat dog is a term used to describe a type of dog that was traditionally bred and used as a working dog on boats.

Cart Pulling or Drafting Dog
Are they good as cart pulling dogs? Can Boykin Spaniel be a drafting dog?

Not really

A drafting dog or draft dog is a dog bred and used for cart pulling. Dogs bred for this work have strong builds and qualities that are needed, strength and determination.

Boykin Spaniel is not the best breed for drafting purposes.

Fighting Dog / Military Dog
Where Boykin Spaniel dogs used as fighting / military dogs in history?

Not really

In history, this breed was not really used for combat dog.

Boykin Spaniel Reproducibility

Gestation Length
How long is a Boykin Spaniel pregnant?How long does it take to have puppies? How to tell if the Boykin Spaniel breed is pregnant?

60-64 days

Reproductive cycle of the female Boykin Spaniel: The first period called Proestrus lasts for about 9 days.

During this time the females start to attract males. You can notice by swelling vulva and bloody discharge.

The second part is the Estrus when the female is receptive for the male. It lasts for about 3 to 11 days.

The sign of the proestrus part is the soft and enlarged vulva. The discharge decreases and lightens in color.

The third part is the Diestrus. Normally, it occurs around day 14. In this period the female’s discharge changes for vivid red and coming to its end. The vulva returns to average, and she will no longer permit mating.

The fourth part called the Anestrus. The time frame between heat periods normally lasts about six months.

Litter Frequency

Once a year.

More frequent breeding is not healthy. It is very important not to buy a dog from a puppy mill, where the needs of the pups and their mothers are ignored. It's an inhumane high-volume dog breeding facility, where puppies born several times a year.
Litter Size
How many puppies can the Boykin Spaniel have in a litter? How many puppies can the Boykin Spaniel breed have for the first time? How many puppies does a Boykin Spaniel have? How many puppies can a Boykin Spaniel give birth to?
5-7 puppies

Boykin Spaniel Recognition

AKC Group
Is Boykin Spaniel recognized by the American Kennel Club?
Recognized by the American Kennel Club in 2009 as a Sporting breed.
FCI Group
Is Boykin Spaniel recognized by the Fédération Cynologique Internationale (FCI)?
Not recognized by FCI.
Breed Recognition
What kennel clubs and organizations recognize or register the Boykin Spaniel breed?
American Canine RegistryAmerican Kennel ClubAmerica's Pet RegistryContinental Kennel ClubDog Registry of America Inc.Federation Cynologique InternationaleNational Kennel ClubNorth American Purebred Registry, Inc.United Kennel ClubAmerican Canine Association, Inc.

Boykin Spaniel Pros and Cons

Pros
  • Trainability: Boykin Spaniels are easy to train.
  • Apartment Friendly: Very house-friendly dog the Boykin Spaniel breed.
  • Drooling Tendency: The Boykin Spaniel is a perfect example of a very low drooling tendency.
  • Adaptability: Boykin Spaniels adapt very well to lifestyle changes and basically all living environments.
  • Child Friendly: Boykin Spaniels are kid-friendly dogs.
  • Senior Citizens Friendly: Boykin Spaniels are usually recommended for elderly people.
  • Good For First Time Owners: Boykin Spaniels are good for novice owners, due to their easy-going personality.
  • Boat and Sailor Dog: Boykin Spaniel breed usually likes being on a boat.

    Boat dogs were typically bred for their strength, stamina, and water resistance, as they were often required to perform tasks such as pulling in fishing nets, and jumping into the water to retrieve ropes or lines, or helping to move cargo.

    Sailor dog is a type of dog that was bred to accompany sailors on their voyages.

Cons
  • Intelligent Rank: Low to average: This canine intelligence is not the brightest one.
  • Hypoallergenic: Boykin Spaniels don't do well with allergy sufferers by causing allergic reaction.
  • Weight Gain Potential / Prone to Obesity: Average to High: If you don't pay attention to the Boykin Spaniel's weight, he can easily gain weight.
  • Mouthiness: Boykin Spaniels have a higher than average tendency to nip, chew, play-bite, or herd people.
  • Impulse to Wander or Roam: The wanderlust potential of the Boykin Spaniel is strong enough to escape from home.
  • Office Friendly: Boykin Spaniel is not the best dog breed for office environment.

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Boykin Spaniel Comments, Reviews and Questions

  • JD

    Mar 25, 2021, 2:01:35 PM:

    I have one and he is a great dog

  • Will

    Aug 27, 2020, 3:28:02 PM:

    Best dog. Wang chung.