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Re: Boykins [Re: 280REM] #2890531
08/28/19 10:35 AM
08/28/19 10:35 AM
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Originally Posted by 280REM
Originally Posted by soalaturkeys
I want a Boykin. I’ve lots of experience with field bred Springers so I know what to expect. Breeder recommendations are appreciated! Thanks.

I bought mine this past spring from a retired vet in H'ville. I don't know that he has any litters coming up. I can tell you this. Look for breeders who have, at a minimum, hip and eye certifications. Stay away from "breeders" offering dogs for sale under $1000.00. These are often pet owners who decided to have a litter. That was my take after researching. You can pay upwards of $2500. I wasn't willing to pay that. Dogs going for that are usually from established hunters/breeder/trainers and a pedigree of champion hunters. You can find good litters and breeders offering dogs under $2000 if you look and are patient.

Google up Michael Barnes of Valley Way Kennels. He's a trainer/breeder in H'ville and has breed stock, and seems like a good down to earth guy that knows Boykins.

Great!! Thanks so much! I had a turkey hunting mentor who said all my Springers were good for was as a "cockleburr catcher" but he was impressed at how smart and well trained they were. I love dogs, including labs, who will in my experience eat a doghouse slap to pieces. To each his own. Appreciate the lead!

"For the Truth the Turkey is in Comparison a much more respectable Bird, and withal a true original Native of America" ~Benjamin Franklin

2 Corinthians 3:18


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Re: Boykins [Re: cartervj] #2899801
09/08/19 11:23 PM
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I'm a little late to this post, but I have owned my Boykin since June and overall he's a great pup. He is currently 5months old and comes from a hunting bloodline and I can tell when he's retrieving. He is a really smart pup but at times he's just plain hard headed. He will be going to the trainer when he hits 6 or 7 months of age. I have high expectations for this one.

Just be sure whoever you get a pup from has the proper genetic testing done and papers to go with. I looked for about 2 years before I finally found one without being put on some sort of wait list. I am extremely satisfied with the breed.

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