Meet the New Westminster Breeds for 2011: The Boykin Spaniel

February 12th, 2011 by Dan

Each year the American Kennel Club grants recognition to a few new breeds, this allows these dogs to fully take part in AKC activities. To a select few, this means participating in the Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show!

The first of the new breeds we’ll profile is a member of the Sporting Groupthe Boykin Spaniel. This medium sized (15½ – 18 inches tall at the shoulder for males and 14 – 16½ inches tall at the shoulder for females). hunting dog originated in South Carolina in the early 1900′s when a small stray dog was found wandering by a church. The pup (named “Dumpy”) was trained into a superb hunting companion by Mr. L. Whitaker Boykin and became the foundation of the breed.

Photo by WKC

Boykins are active and lively dogs that can run all day and keep up with the most active of owners. They are generally social animals that do well in families and with other dogs. The coat of this small breed doesn’t require much maintenance – weekly brushing will do.

One Response to “Meet the New Westminster Breeds for 2011: The Boykin Spaniel”

  1. Angle Smith Says:

    Thank you so much for adding the Boykin to your list of dogs. I have and am still experiencing the love and loyalty of a Boykin! I’m not really interested in any other breed because of my experience. Boykins, by far, are the best breed every! Email me if you have any doubts!!

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