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Boykin Spaniel

South Carolina State Dog

Boykin Spaniel; photo by Bill Read on Flickr (noncommercial use permitted with attribution / share alike).

Boykin Spaniel

South Carolina designated the boykin spaniel as official state dog in 1985. Known for their mild temperament and highly regarded as pets or hunting dogs, the boykin spaniel was originally bred for South Carolina hunters by South Carolinians. Many states have dogs (and a few cats) as state symbols (both Colorado and Tennessee recognized adopted shelter and rescue cats and dogs as official state pets).