The medium-length double coat requires just routine brushing.
The Boykin has the stamina to stay by its owner’s side during a full day of work, so it fits in best with an active family. The breed also thrives on companionship, enjoying the company of children and other dogs. Its coat requires only minimal maintenance beyond a weekly brushing and occasional bathing.
Depending on the size of your dog as an adult you are going to want to feed them a formula that will cater to their unique digestive needs through the various phases of their life. Many dog food companies have breed-specific formulas for small, medium, large and giant breeds. The Boykin Spaniel is a medium breed and has a lifespan of 12 to 16 years.
What you feed your dog is an individual choice, but working with your veterinarian and/or breeder will be the best way to determine frequency of meals as a puppy and the best adult diet to increase his longevity. Clean, fresh water should be available at all times.
This breed only needs occasional bathing. Their nails should be trimmed regularly with a nail clipper to avoid overgrowth, splitting and cracking. Don’t allow the nails to become too long or the Boykin will have trouble with its feet. Their pendulous ears should be checked regularly to avoid a buildup of wax and debris which can result in an infection. Teeth should be brushed regularly.
For years Boykins were known only to hunters of Carolina waterfowl and wild turkey. Sportsmen working the swampy terrain of the South were always enamored of the breed’s intensity and versatility. But lately the wider world has discovered that the breed is as delightful at home as it is tenacious at the lake. “They are very, very sweet dogs to have around the family,” a longtime owner says, “but an absolute tiger in the field.” Boy oh Boykin, what a spaniel!
Boykin Spaniel &HEALTH
Clean your Boykin’s ears regularly especially after working in the water, swimming and after bathing. Please consult your vet or your breeder for a good ear cleaner. All dogs are predisposed to certain health abnormalities due to genetics inherited from its canine ancestors. Boykin Spaniels are no exception. However, conscientious breeders of Boykin Spaniels are intent on improving the health of the breed and furthering its hunting instincts.
They only carry out responsible and ethical breeding to ensure physical and mental soundness and adherence to the breed standard while preserving and improving the hunting/working instincts of the Boykin Spaniel. Please check with your vet and your breeder about testing and appropriate health clearances of the Boykin Spaniel’s most common health problems which include hip dysplasia, juvenile cataracts and the most recently discovered EIC (Exercise Induced Collapse).