If I was looking pet first, hunter second, I would choose an AWS over a Boykin. Similar, but in my experience AWS is a much more laid back temperament than Boykins. If you need a dog with a ton of stamina for long hunts, AWS would not be my choice. But AWS are really, really good house dogs. That said, I don't think either qualify as a "small" dog. "Smaller" yes, but I would call them both a medium sized breed.