Welcome to Hollow Creek
Kennel. I am the proud owner of Hollow Creek's Ruby, Peaches, Gigi, Sophie,
Woody, Luke, Frogmore, Abby Belle (Punkin), Rosa Belle, Lucy Belle, Katy Belle,
Emma, Maraposa..... and Cami-flage !. In truth... they own me and allow me to
train and hunt with them. Hollow Creek Kennel has produced many exceptional
Boykin Spaniels over the past 30 years ..including over 40 Champions.... please
visit some of them in " Always Remembered" for they are the foundation of all
my Boykin blessings. And they have greatly blessed me with unconditional love
and devotion... which I fully returned.
Boykin Spaniels of
We live on 2.4 acres situated right on the shores of
Lake Murray in Leesville, South Carolina. We don't boast of a lot of acreage,
air-conditioned kennels or that we've been doing "the Boykin thing" for more
years than is actually possible. We are so happy, able to hunt, play and eat
Hollow Creek Kennel is a private kennel and a therapeutic
hobby for me - not a profession. I am not a professional "Boykin anything". I
am a Boykin Spaniel lover!. I hunt my Boykins. They are family pets as much as
they are hunting companions. Our lake cottage is a slice of heaven to me and my
Breeding is something I do occasionally. It is my sole desire
to breed the best with the best in the hope of producing the best. That is the
luxury of a hobby versus a living. I can be very selective as I do not mass
produce! The Boykin Spaniel is a rare breed and it is still evolving. I
feel that it is my task to keep them evolving in the right direction. I
practice ethical and responsible breeding to ensure physical and mental
soundness and adherence to the breed standard. Preservation and the
improvement of the hunting and working instincts of the Boykin is my goal,
while maintaining the breed's standards.
Conformation, OFA evaluation, CERF
testing, EIC testing, hunting ability, general intelligence and
disposition should all be considered when breeding a certain sire to a
certain bitch. Without doubt, all of these qualities and conditions combine to
form the total...healthy.... dog. It seems as if every couple of years a "new"
test for yet another genetic condition comes out...and so we add that on too.
Do not even CONSIDER buying from a breeder who does NOT test. Your heart will
later be broken... as will your pocketbook.
My puppies are always
birthed inside my home. They remain inside where they are socialized, loved and
handled. Then, at five weeks of age...they are moved to the Nursery in the
garage...and weather permitting, they are taught to swim and are introduced to
my adult dogs for further socialization. They learn quickly from the older dogs
about playing, accepted behavior and what will not be tolerated. It is
marvelous to watch the interaction between the older dogs and the puppies. It
takes an entire kennel to raise a good and well adjusted puppy. :-) They are
not placed into the outside area until the 7th week....they have so much to see
out there....along with learning different sounds ....and actually running free
with ears flying along with the entire pack!!! What a sight!
the whistle" is something that I start teaching when weaning begins at 3 weeks
- so that when the pups are placed in their new home, they understand "to come
when called". Retrieving instincts and personality are all evaluated by me
personally every day for 8 weeks.. They are all distinct individuals - but the
common thread is that they are the most loving, devoted and intelligent dog I
have ever known. When you look into those eyes - SOMEONE is looking back. You
can see them thinking. At Hollow Creek Kennel, I do things differently .......
the pups pick their homes.....it works!.
Boykin owners can spin many
wonderful and even tall tales about their dogs and I'm no different. I'd rather
talk to you about things my dogs have done with me and for me, than anything
else. When someone calls to chat about Boykins, time flies, as do the
stories!!! Puppies are placed with folks who guarantee to stay in touch and
send me photo updates regularly. And when they want to add to their family,
they call me for guidance.
When looking for a puppy, the initial cost
of the puppy is the smallest expenditure you will incur during the lifetime of
the dog. Get it right from the onset. Purchase a quality puppy from a
responsible breeder.... and there are very FEW of them. Never "budget" when
purchasing a Boykin Spaniel
. The pups health is most important
you are bargain hunting,,,there are many poor/irresponsible breeders of Boykin
Spaniels who will certainly accommodate you. .
Publications featuring Patricia L. Watts and the
Boykin Spaniels of Hollow Creek
||True Hunting Buddies
by Larry Mueller
Devoted little spaniels with
a big desire to please and hunt
by Jim Davis
"The one absolutely unselfish
friend that man can have in this selfish world, the one that never deserts him,
the one that never proves ungrateful or treacherous, is his dog...... faithful
and true even in death." Senator George Vest 1870