The Boykin spaniel is a versatile and compact gun dog. The breed was developed in the early 1900s in the midlands of South Carolina to fill the need of local hunters for a smaller retriever for hunting waterfowl. Their nickname is apropos: “the little dog that doesn’t rock the boat.” In the field, they steal the show as tenacious, assertive and enthusiastic flushing and retrieving spaniels. In the home, they steal hearts as gentle, affectionate and fiercely loyal members of the family. They are truly companions for all seasons. In 1985, Governor Richard Riley signed an act making the Boykin spaniel South Carolina’s official state dog.