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The Papillon has one of the longest histories of any toy breed. Known for a time as the Dwarf Spaniel.
Distinguished from other toy breeds by the striking butterfly-like ears for which he is named, the elegant and delightful Papillon is known to be a highly intelligent and versatile little dog. With his easygoing yet lively personality, he is an endearing and devoted companion who likes nothing better than to spend time with his family. But don't be fooled by his diminutive size. While sitting in your lap may be his favorite pastime, he is surprisingly athletic and both enjoys and excels in competitive sports, such as agility and tracking. Eager to meet new people and shower them with affection, the Papillon packs a lot of personality into his tiny posture, and if given the chance to charm you, will quickly win you over and become a treasured part of your life.
Like the faint butterfly, the Papillon moves easily whether walking on a leash around his neighborhood or trotting around a show ring. This surprisingly athletic little dog can also show off his fluidity by effortlessly navigating the obstacle courses of agility competitions. Despite all his energy, however, the Papillon is considered one of the most contented lap dogs. 
Papillons are always parti-colored. Any color other than white appearing on the head must cover both ears-both back and front- and must extend over the eyes without interruption. The coat is long, fine and silky. It flows across the body, lying flat against the back and sides with a profuse frill of fur on the chest. There is no undercoat. Short hair covers the skull, muzzle, front of the forelegs, and from the hind feet to the hocks. The well fringed ears are covered on the inside with silky medium-length hair. The forelegs are feathered on the backsides with fur that diminishes toward the pasterns, and the hind legs have what is called culottes, abundant fur covering the breeches. The hair on the feet is short with fine tufts appearing over the toes and growing beyond them, forming a dainty point.
A good fit for a wide range of human personalities, the Papillon disposition is neither shy nor aggressive. This is a confident dog who enjoys pleasing his owner, but must be trained regardless of how small he is. Extremely intelligent and highly trainable, the Pap can learn virtually any command or trick as long as it is broken down into easy-to-learn steps and taught in manageable stages. One pup I sold is learning commands in 2 languages! 10 the last time I talked to her. Paps both want and need human companionship. They thrive when they are pleasing their owners' moods. They make great service dogs.
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