Health Education

Health Education of the Boykin Spaniel

At play resizedBoykin Spaniels have a diverse genetic makeup from their mix variety of spaniels, pointers and retrievers. All dogs, whether mix or pure bred have a predisposition of certain health abnormalities due to their genetics they inherited from their canine ancestors. Boykins Spaniels are no exception to this rule; however, good breeders are working diligently to breed out problems.

The Boykin Spaniel Club & Breeders Association of America, as the American Kennel Club parent club to the Boykin Spaniels, is working to improve the health of the Boykin Spaniels. We are working with organizations that are experts in their fields to help identify, record and ultimately eliminate genetic diseases from the breed. D&J Pups

The BSCBAA strongly encourages prospective puppy buyers to do their due diligence when interviewing breeders when purchasing a new Boykin Spaniel puppy.

The Boykin Spaniel’s most common health problems are hip dysplasia, juvenile cataracts, patellar luxation, CEA (Collie Eye Anomaly) and EIC (Exercise Induced Collapse). 

The following are the CHIC requirements with new changes effective as of 11/1/15 for Boykin Spaniels to obtain a CHIC number:
1. Eye Examination by a boarded ACVO Ophthalmologist with results registered with OFA or CERF.
2. Patellar Luxation - OFA Evaluation
3. Hip Dysplasia - OFA or OVC or PennHip Evaluation
4. Exercise Induced Collapse (EIC)
5. Collie Eye Anomaly (CEA)
1. Congenital Cardiac Database
2. Elbow Dysplasia
3. Degenerative Myelopathy (DM)
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The links below are helpful organizations in testing, recording and identifying the major health issues.

CHIC - Canine Health Information Center

OFA - Orthopedic Foundation For Animals

CERF - Canine Eye Registration Foundation

University of Minnesota  Veterinary Diagnostic Laboratory - EIC

American Kennel Club Canine Health Foundation

Paw Print Genetics on vets and guidelines on keeping your pet healthy.

Please contact us if you have additional questions concerning the health issues and breeders’ ethic policies at

Please click here to read the breed standard.

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