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As a "limited breed" the Boykin spaniel has a large following, but a relatively small gene pool. In addition, it is represented by two breed registries: The Boykin Spaniel SocietyR (BSS) which was founded in 1977, and the AKC parent club, Boykin Spaniel Club & Breeders Association of America, Inc. (BSCBAA), founded in 1997.
Hip dysplasia was a large issue within the Boykin breed when the Boykin Spaniel Registry (BSR) was created in 1977 but testing and careful breeding have reduced the incidence of the inherited defects. The Boykin Spaniel Foundation (BSF), a wholly owned subsidiary of the BSS, was created in 1996, with the mission to reduce inherited diseases in Boykins. The BSF funds genetic research, offers free screening clinics, and reimburses BSS members for a portion of the costs associated with health testing for their Boykins.
THE BOYKIN SPANIEL
The Boykin Spaniel was first bred by South Carolina hunters during the 1900's to provide the ideal dog for hunting ducks and wild turkeys in the Wateree River Swamp. Hunters on South Carolina's Wateree River needed a small rugged dog compactly built for boat travel and able to retrieve on land and water.