BOYKIN: The Boykin handlers said that there is a much higher success rate with labs than Boykins. In other words, you just have to understand up front that you might get a bad dog that is not good for hunting. This isn't a big deal for hunters, as they will just give the dog up and get a new one. For me, getting rid of a bad dog is not an option since the dog is primarily a pet and the women in my life will accept the dog unconditionally.
Pardon me, but most of that is poppycock. I don't know many hunters - birddog owners notwithstanding - who "will just give the dog up and get a new one." Once upon a time that may have been true with Boykins, but no more - not at the puppy prices they're commanding now. (And corollary to that, with the better breeding practices that's going into them.)
As with any breed you can "get a bad dog that is not good for hunting," Labs in particular (show Labs). Since most Boykins are hunted as retrievers
, and they as a rule retrieve coming out of the womb, where's the bad? That you didn't invest the time in training them and they showed their "stubborn, sensitive side?" I'm curious about these Boykin handlers - how well are their dogs trained, what for, and what kind of training have their dogs demonstrated?
And the "much higher success rate with Labs than Boykins." At what? Field trials? Boykins aren't eligible for field trials. For picking up doves? Can't be that in a million years. At getting your ducks? Debatable depending on where you waterfowl. At being better companionable house dogs? Also debatable. I've got both and there's nothing more companionable, by way of comparison in size and heart, than a Boykin.
Are you sure you're really wanting a small "sensitive" gundog for the next 13-14 years - especially to have to train
and to have at your or your family's side either for company
or for delivering the bounty?