I have no experience with Boykin's (or boinking as of late), but if you are looking for a dog breed that's "Different" I have lots of experience with Irish Water Spaniels, which look like a longer legged Boykin. Very smart dogs, they shed moderately but because the coat is curly the hair gathers in little tumbleweed like balls and is easy to get up. It doesn't tend to work its way into furniture the way Labrador hair does. It's also a sound breed as they have been around for a long time. Breeds that are smaller in terms of the number of them out there tend to be sound, as without a lot of commercial demand there are fewer breeders and they tend to be more conscientious. I.W.S. are smart but with a clown like independent streak. You set them out on a line for a retrieve and they'll make the retrieve but get there and back the way they damn well please.
My I.W.S. Sunny passed away at close to 13 years old. Average life span for the breed is between 11 and 12. Unike Boykin's, Irish Water Spaniels don't cause cancer. http://www.iwsca.org/
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