So when Mick passed away we looked for a smaller gun dog and saw some Boykin spaniels that would fit better into our living quarters.
Your 30-pound little brown Boykin spaniel versus my big yellow 75-pound Labrador retriever on a freezing cold pheasant hunt in early November.
I'm not going to run out to buy a Boykin spaniel, but I will admit there is a place for this little breed, especially when fetching pheasants that fall onto thin ice.
I was particularly impressed with his recent feature on Boykin spaniels
, which are perhaps not so well known to many of your readers.
Both dogs had skills, and Boykin and family started breeding a mix of dogs that ended up being today's Boykin spaniels.
Bill Quinlen of Memphis has had Boykin spaniels since 1972, often two at a time.
I have hunted spruce hens over springer spaniels, German shorthaired pointers, black and chocolate Labs, 1 golden retrievers and Boykin spaniels
Since my previous column about AKC hunting test crossovers, AKC has announced additional crossovers, permitting Boykin spaniels
and the following Continental pointing breeds to run also in retriever hunting tests wirehaired pointing griffon, Spinone Italiano, German shorthaired pointer, German wirehaired pointer, Weimaraner, and vizsla.
Parkman and her husband have had Boykin spaniels for more than 25 years.
Labrador retrievers and Boykin spaniels are Parkman's primary focus, and she has a lot of success in field trials with both breeds.
He found a small brown curly-coated bitch in a train station, named her "Singo," and bred the two, with such excellent results that these two dogs became the foundation stock for a new breed, which would eventually be called the Boykin spaniel.
That effort bore fruit in 1977, when the Boykin Spaniel Society (BSS) was formed.