seminole_sigmanu wrote:I have a choc lab and Boykins but the answer to your question is .........a well trained retriever.
Either one is great but you get out what you put in. I hunt my lab, one Boykin has seizures and the other Boykin is a work in progress. My Boykin has a different demeanor than my lab.
My Boykin has issues with swimming through thick grass and my lab doesn't. IF you get a Boykin PLEASE research the breeder. Have the eyes, hips....ect checked. Make sure he is a BSS dog.
Either one is great. I've been fostering with Boykin spaniel rescue for several years and have personally had over 20 spaniels. We have taken several perfect LBDs bc the "don't hunt".
The above is good sound advise . I train Labs for my friends and run hunt test . I've seen a many Boykin's run in the hunt test game and have been impressed with them . For me though , a lab is what I will go with . Since I go home to Texas to hunt the coast , the Boykin would have trouble there . So what club are you talking about that only have Swamp Collies . Not an insult here , but a well bred hunting dog is genetically programmed to do the right things . People are not genetically programed to train dogs. I highly advise you do your homework on finding a retriever program and not skipping any areas or you will have holes in the training of your pup .You can order Duck Dog Basics from Avery , if your only wanting a meat/hunting dog . This program has been used by many who said it worked for them , I've never seen it myself . Good luck with what you do