Almost twenty years ago, in 2002, our dog story began in Mountain Brook, Alabama. Our young family needed a family dog. We were partial to spaniels. Growing up, my wife, Kelly, had Cockers and I had Springers. After research and discussions with veterinary friends, we decided on a Boykin spaniel. Kelly, my two young children, and my mom drove the family roadster to Georgia to pick out our first Boykin, Heidi Belle. After becoming infatuated with Heidi’s natural intelligence and drive, two years later, we picked up our second Boykin, Justahomewrecker “Wrecker”. Wrecker was exceptional. His first year, he became the Boykin Spaniel Society Puppy Champion. By two he had become the Boykin Spaniel Society Novice Champion, the Boykin Spaniel Society Upland Novice Champion, and had earned his Hunting Retriever title. Wrecker continued to become Boykin Spaniel Society Upland Open Champion and earn his Hunting Retriever Champion title (HRCH). Honesty, Wrecker made me look good. I had no idea what I was doing, but I knew that I was hooked.

Since 2002, we have earned ten National Boykin Spaniel Society Championships, and John has been a founder of the Midsouth Boykin Spaniel Retriever Club, the Boykin Spaniel Society Chairman, and the Midsouth president. Since our move to North Carolina in 2020, we have become involved with the Mid-Atlantic Boykin Spaniel Club. Additionally, we are Life members of The Boykin Spaniel Society and became one of a handful of Gold Level Breeders in 2019.

The founding of OTM Kennel was made part by strong mentors and a dog of a life time. We became breeders who focus on the health of the dogs, the biddability– striving to honor and improve the breed. 




OTM Kennels turns out some amazing Boykins. John and Kelly’s passion for the breed is infectious! Not only do they operate a top notch facility, they turn out some incredible hunting dogs and family pets. We have found the entire Huddleston family to be very welcoming and passionate about educating us about the Boykin spaniel. Our OTM pup is far more than just a hunting dog, she’s a member of the family.

Clay and Holli Haselton
Kingsport, TN