Hubby went quail hunting last Saturday and came back not only with birds to eat, but stories about the two wonderful hunting dogs the guide brought on the trip. They were English Setters, beautiful breeds and similar to a hunting dog that Hubby’s late grandfather once owned.
So, as we’re reading the latest issue of Garden & Gun, which happens to be the sporting issue focusing on fly fishing and hunting (Hubby was glued to the pages), there was an essay and an article about hunting dogs, in particular the Boykin Spaniel (puppy pictured above). I had never heard of this dog, but apparently it’s South Carolina’s State Dog. So, in addition to never having heard of the dog, I learned that states have dogs. Who knew?
With our curiosity peaked, Hubby and I went online to see what these pups look like and learn more about them. These are cool dogs. They’re not only good companions and great family dogs, they’re ideal hunting dogs, if you’re into that sort of thing. And, they’re not huge – averaging about 40 to 50 pounds in weight. While we’re not in the market a dog right now (still mourning King, kids are too young, we're too busy) I could definitely see a Boykin as a possibility for our family one day. I’ve always been a big proponent of pound and rescue dogs and come to find out, there’s a rescue program for Boykins. Again, who knew? So, perhaps one day we’ll get a Boykin. Or not. Either way, I’m glad I learned about them.
Image courtesy of Rock Creek Kennels