Saturday, May 1, 2010

Spaniel Dog

Boykin Spaniel Dog

The Boykin Spaniel breed has a classic Spaniel type head, with the wide set eyes that are almond shaped. This breed has the long pendants drop ears that have long hair. Their muzzle is straight. If permitted the tail is docked. They have a waterproof coat that is rather wavy or can be curly, but is a smooth coat. Their colours are liver and brown. They are a larger dog than a cocker spaniel. Their weight is between 25 and 40 pounds. And their height is 15 to 18 inches. This is a hunting dog, and so more care is given to their ability than their looks.

History: The history of the Boykin Spaniel dog starts with a stray being found by a man called Alexander, who discovered what a wonderful hunting partner this dog was. Alexander gave his dog to Whitaker Boykin. This dog was male, and the Boykin Spaniel breed has come from this one dog. He was crossbred with the American water Spaniel, Pointers, Springer spaniels, and Chesapeake Bay Retrievers. This is a popular dog in the southern United States, particularly among bird hunters. This breed originated from South Carolina, and is the official state dog. This dog was accepted into the miscellaneous group to the AKC in February 2007. All the breeders are hoping to move this dog to the sporting group sometime in the future.

Temperament: The Boykin Spaniel is a working dog and needs lots of daily exercise, including long walks. This breed has a high drive are very willing and need to be working. They have an active mind that needs to be exercised as well. Without daily long walks, this breed will find many ways to entertain themselves, this is not recommended. While this is a docile and pleasant dog, it is to be remembered, this is a working dog that loves to work. This dog is an excellent swimmer, but care must be taken as they are prone to Spaniel, ear infections. They have excellent field ability, with a fine nose and great enthusiasm. This dog needs an owner that can communicate well with the dog, that shows good and natural leadership, and someone who likes to walk a lot.

Health issues: The Boykin Spaniel breed can have eye problems, hip dyspraxia, and in some lines they can have heart and skin problems. A careful checking and looking after the ears, is important with this breed.

Grooming: The Boykin Spaniel is an easy breed to groom, and only requires brushing every few days. While this dog can swim it is odd to say bathing is not a good idea but if bathed too much this just strips out the dogs natural oils, which can lead to skin problems and a lank coat. Weekly checks of their ears are important as well.

Living conditions: The Boykin Spaniel dog is okay in an apartment; providing you exercise daily, long walks are a must for this breed. This dog is a working dog, and is happy being a working dog, so careful thought has to go into choosing this dog as a household pet.

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