Some boykins are real nice. Some not so much.hope this insight helps.
Seriously they can be great dogs...
I've had several, and have one real nice young male 17 months old that ill be running in Open at the Nationals this spring. He's a tad moody (which is how I describe training them). They can be obstinate especially when you are in big dog work. But he's a joy to hunt with and seems to show up on game day.
I've FFd, I think 5 of them in the last couple years. Never had any issues other than sometimes they're so wired and active you gotta head lock them to keep them still.
I follow a typical Carr based formula but there are times you have to adjust tactics.
I think Angie said it best there are no 90 day wonders.
the good ones are fun to watch and be with.
But the ones that prance out to the marks at tests real prissy like can be brutal.
"Not for the faint of heart" -
Ain't no telling what 23 pounds of terror can get up to...
including hallucinating that they might have to outgrow having a canine Napoleon syndrome
Flushing and hupping to it is such an imposition on their busy time...but when they do sit still, they sit for a long and mighty companionable time. None better at it in my experience with Boykins and (plenty of) other breeds going back 50-odd years.
Last edited by crackerd; 12-20-2012 at 03:16 PM.
Mine was very easy to train. Not many retrievers have a Grand Title as well as a Master National pass. He's never failed an AKC hunt Test and has almost 2000 HRC points. So you can now say you have heard ""Man that was an easy dog to train?" when speaking of a boykin?"
Crackered, keep the pics comin
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HRC 1500 Points Club
2010 BSS National Open Champion
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