Kershaw County

colored close up of the State dog the Boykin spaniel, it is sitting on a wood porch and has yellowish eyes, a shiny brown coat of fur, floppy ears with curly hairs.
Boykin spaniel

This amiable, small, dark brown retriever is a superb hunter and loving family pet. It was bred to provide an ideal dog for hunting fowl in the swamps along the Wateree River, which demanded a sturdy, compact dog built for boat travel and capable of retrieving on land or water. Lemuel Whitaker “Whit” Boykin, a planter and sportsman from the Boykin community near Camden, tested many dogs to answer these needs. With luck and selective breeding, the multipurpose retriever was being bred to type by the 1920s.

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