Frequently Asked Questions
Q: Why are you forming the Mid-South Boykin Spaniel Retriever Club?
A: We found there is a large population of Boykin owners in the deep south and mid-southern states. Our club will cover those states (GA, AL, MS, TN, FL, KY, LA, AR) and provide gatherings and events where we can train and trial our dogs in the field as the hunters that they were bred to be.
Q: What if I don’t hunt my dog?
A: You can still join and attend the gatherings where we will provide various training opportunities including basic marked retrieves, advanced marked retrieves, blinds along with field trialing and obedience. You just might get hooked on field trialing like the rest of us. It’s a great way to bond with your dog and provide an outlet for his boundless energy.
Q: What does it cost to join?
A: Annual membership dues are $35. All dependents are included for this one fee. Kids will want to their parents to join as we are planning on activities for children and their dogs too.
Q: How will MSBSRC operate? Who will run it?
A: MSBSRC will be governed by an elected Board of Directors. The club is seeking incorporation and will be filing for tax-exempt status (501c7) so that we may make the best use of our funds in providing all the activities for its members.
Q: Will the MSBCRC help the public to find Boykin puppies?
A: Yes. The MSBSRC intends to establish a page on website for breeders to list their litters . Our criteria for listing will be strict. We will only recommend breeders who use OFA certified dam and sire (eyes, heart, hips) and who have a history of putting health and temperament as priority in their breeding.
Q: Is hip dysplasia a major health issue for the Boykin Spaniel?
No. If you buy a dog from a reputable breeder the chances are small that you will have any major health problem with your Boykin. The Boykin Spaniel Society has led the way in improving the Boykin Spaniel breed and hip dysplasia is actually not as prevalent as in some other breeds.