Yep. Texas Trace has good dogs. People should just know about the politics before they buy.
Can you fill us in on the politics surrounding boykins or put up a link or something?
Kind of hard to explain, but I will try. Basically all of the original Boykin breeding stock was only registered with the BSS (Boykin Spaniel Society). The BSS did NOT wan't Boykins to be registered with the AKC. They're thinking was that by registering with the AKC the breed would become watered down and lose their field skills (similar to how you see two types of Labs and Goldens (show and field). I understand their thinking and respect that point of view, but the problem with that is that some people wanted to show their Boykins and you can only do that if they are AKC registered.
So after some time there was basically a split with breeders. Some wanted to get them registered with the AKC, others did not and it's a very heated debate within the Boykin world. I believe Texas Trace was the first breeder to get their dogs AKC registered and start showing them in AKC shows. This so far has NOT had a negative effect on their dogs as they are still very birdy and very much field dogs, no different than the Boykins only registered with the BSS.
Now there are some breeders who will register there pups with both the AKC and the BSS (this is the best scenario). A lot of the old school South Carolina breeders only register with the BSS. Now the issue with this is that if your dog is not registered with the AKC you can't get your dog titled in AKC hunt test/field trials or AKC shows. If your dog is not registered with the BSS you can't get your dog titled in the BSS hunt test/field trials.
To most people this won't matter, but to those wanting to try to play both games (AKC and BSS) this matters as your pup will be limited to running to either the BSS or the AKC if it was only registered to one. I ran my Texas Trace pup all the way up to the Master Level in AKC Retriever hunt test. To me the BSS thing wasn't a big deal, because most of the BSS test/trials are all of the East coast and I'm not traveling half way across the country just for bragging rights.
So it really comes down to what the owners want to do. I see both sides of the argument as I don't want the breed watered down to nothing more than lap dogs, but if you pay for something and own it outright you should be able to do what you want to do with it including showing it.
Funny story about this. I went to the first ever Boykin Spaniel Club of Texas field day years ago. My pup was the only non BSS registered dog (only AKC). I got some questions about Texas Trace and my pup and a lot of people kind of turned their nose up at him because he was "one of them", in their eyes one of the traitors. So at the end of the day they had a mini field trail with any dogs there who wanted to compete for the grand prize of the first ever Boykin Spaniel Club of Texas champion certificate, LOL!
Guess what happened? My dog and I smoked the competition and it wasn't even close. Not a single BSS registered dog could compete at his level. They were not too pleased, we took home our award and laughed the whole way home.
So if someone is interested in a Texas Trace or other AKC registered dog, I say go for it just know that your dog will not be able to run in BSS events. Same with the BSS, if you buy a BSS registered pup your pup will not be able to run in AKC events. And know that this is a highly contentious debate within the Boykin world so take that into consideration when talking to people about it, and tread lightly.