Dovewood Kennel was established in 1990. We are located in Ridgeville, SC, approximately twenty minutes from the intersection of SC I-95 and I-26.
Submitted by: A Prospective Boykin Puppy Parent on Jul 20, 2023
I echo the superlative and wonderful comments that all of the other reviewers have made about Roy. After deciding upon a Boykin, I extensively researched the breed and its breeders. I contacted several of the most well-known and most reputable breeders across the country. While each of these breeders had their positive points and certainly were knowledgeable about Boykins, Roy, simply put, was a cut above. To be honest, after speaking with Roy, it seemed to me as if Roy himself created the breed, particularly with his 40 years of breeding top quality, champion Boykins. His discussion with me was thorough and meticulous. He almost anticipated my questions and gave me detailed and complete answers. He even mentioned to me that, even if I were to purchase a Boykin pup from another breeder (and there is no way that is happening after talking with Roy) that I could call him with any follow up questions. The thing that stuck out most to me about Roy was his genuineness. He's a true gentleman who very kindly and sincerely offers straightforward and comprehensive information and advice about the breed, about training, about anything and everything Boykin. He is so willing to give you all the information that you need to make a well-informed decision about adopting a Boykin that, after speaking with Roy, you feel completely comfortable in his company and with the sage advice he provides. Roy is not trying to sell you a dog, he is trying to help you decide if a Boykin is the right fit for you -- and he does so with a type of modesty that is rare in this day and age. As I told Roy, it would be an honor to be able to adopt one of his pups. I'm so grateful to Roy. You simply can't go wrong approaching Roy about a pup. He breeds, trains and raises superb Boykins because he himself is a superb, experienced and caring breeder, trainer and person.
Submitted by: Pascual Rocco on Jan 15, 2020
Plain and simple, the best experience that you can get when you are getting a new puppy. The attention to details of Roy and Bridget goes above and beyond.
They sent us pictures of our new family member and useful information (from recommended food and toys, to instructions on how to groom the dog) at least a couple of times per week while we were waiting for our puppy to be 8 weeks old.
You just can't go wrong with Roy and Bridget. Healthy and beautiful puppies, and the best experience that you can possibly get from a breeder.
Thanks for everything.
Submitted by: Charles Hood on Jul 13, 2017
Rather than be redundant, I agree with all previous comments as to the quality of the Boykins raised by Roy and his wife Bridget. Most important to me is the quality of Roy and Bridget. It is not only their experience and expertise that is evident but a total devotion to each of their dogs. They are, in my opinion, the standard for a breeder. All others must strive for what they have achieved. In a short time my wife and I have come to know the Thompsons and I look forward to a long personal relationship.
Submitted by: Brian Keith on Feb 26, 2013
I searched the country for both a kennel owner and dog that I wanted. I found the best in Dovewood Kennels. Roy is friendly, knowledgable and willing to give help before and long after the sale. My dog was an addition to my family. Smart and a great investment. When you search around at top dogs, you will always see three or four kennels in the pedigree. Roy's is one of them. The first Boykin I saw was owned by a friend that bought it out of state. I knew that was the kind of dog I wanted. It took me almost 20 years to get one. With no idea where that dog came from, I made a choice on the best kennel for me. I asked, and Roy told me he had in fact sold my friend his dog so many years before when he started breeding. I believe in Karma and Dovewood Kennels brought alot of it into my home
Submitted by: Darleen Druyun on May 25, 2011
Roys dogs are fabulous Boykins with great temperment, easy to train, and super intelligent. Roy is an excellent breeder and each of his puppies is handraised with oceans of love. They are also champions at the Westminster Dog show. Roy is a breeder of great integrity. He's number one in the state of SC
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Submitted by: carla turner on Jan 22, 2011
mr.roy is a great breeder and very smart,as to anything with boykins.We Have thoughtly enjoyed getting to know him and his wife and love the great temperment of his dogs we have two.And you will too Thanks again.