I had a Boykin/Lab mix that had to be one of the best companions and hunters ever. I have owned Labs, Boykins, and Beagles and this little (40# full grown) Boykinador was better than any full blooded dog that I have owned or hunted with. A natural hunter, that really needed little training. He was small enough to fit in my canoe and duck hunt the swamps of SC without getting me wet. He would also trail and track Deer and Wild Hogs. Pointed quail, and retrieved dove. Best all around dog I have ever seen. He was a little high strung but his zeal mostly came in the form of his excitement to please. When he was 4 we duck hunted everyday of the season and as some of the longer days wore on he was up to any task. One pompous hunter who owned a Chesapeake said to me one morning "aw how cute, You brought your puppy hunting. Aint that sweet." By the days end his giant Chesapeake refused to go after his masters ducks. My "puppy" swam over 100yrds for a duck he shot and instead of bringing the duck to me or the guy that shot it, he placed it squarely on the muzzle of the big worn out Chesapeake. This is just one of many stories of how this dog performed. He seemed to be the best of both breeds.