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As loyal to their owners as they are to their tasks, Boykin Spaniels make the perfect hunting partner — few can swim the seas and fight the fowl like these guys. With their friendly nature and willingness to work, there's no better field companion. 

1. Boykin Spaniels were originally bred by hunters in South Carolina as the ideal dog to hunt wild turkeys. 


A photo posted by Jassen Campbell (@jassencampbell) on Jan 21, 2016 at 3:47pm PST


2. This breed is now beautifully adaptable; he can work in dove fields, duck marshes, and home fires. 


A photo posted by davedibenedetto (@davedibenedetto) on Jan 24, 2016 at 7:37am PST


3. Boykin Spaniels are well-known for their solid-brown coat and spaniel's flop ears.


4. Backwoods legends have it that the Boykin's brown coat was bred-in to provide the dog camouflage as he lay on the floor listening to his master call a turkey in. 


A photo posted by Millie Bosworth (@millie_boz) on Jan 17, 2016 at 7:06pm PST


5. Bred to work the lakes and swamps in South Carolina, Boykins have webbed-toes. 


6. These dogs have super-energized personalities and an enthusiastic field ability that no other dog can match. 


A photo posted by @kellshewvinson on Jan 16, 2016 at 3:43pm PST


7. They are fiercely attached to their owners…


8. And are not only hunting companions, but family companions, and performance competitors. 


A photo posted by Kris Day (@kristoff_day) on Jan 14, 2016 at 4:29pm PST


9.  Many Boykins participate in Spaniel Hunt tests, Spaniel Field Trials, as well as other AKC events.


A photo posted by Travis (@quackhead1989) on Jan 11, 2016 at 9:50am PST


10. The breed was fully recognized by the AKC in 2009,


A photo posted by Brad Ward (@bradward14) on Jan 10, 2016 at 9:07am PST


11. but became the Offical State Dog for South Carolina 24 years earlier.


A photo posted by Michael Barnes (@mikebarnes282) on Jan 5, 2016 at 8:07pm PST


12. Boykin Spaniels are friendly, eager, and lovable. And also ADORABLE!  Look at that face! 


A photo posted by @scouttheboykin on Jan 3, 2016 at 6:37pm PST
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