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papillon

(păp`əlŏn'), breed of toy dogtoy dog,
classification used by breeders and kennel clubs to designate very small breeds of dogs kept as pets. Some are selectively bred diminutive forms of larger breeds and others are naturally small.
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 whose origins are obscure but whose widespread existence in Europe is attested to as early as the 17th cent. It stands from 8 to 11 in. (20.3–27.9 cm) high at the shoulder and weighs from 5 to 11 lb (2.3–5 kg). Its long, straight, abundant coat is fine and silky and forms a fringe of longer hair on the ears, chest, back of legs, and tail. Believed to have developed from a now extinct dwarf Belgian spaniel, the papillon derives its name, which means "butterfly" in French, from the unique appearance of its obliquely set, wing-shaped ears. The papillon was very fashionable as a lapdog in the courts of Europe. Today it is raised as a companion and house pet. See dogdog,
carnivorous, domesticated wolf (Canis lupus familiaris) of the family Canidae, to which the jackal and fox also belong. The family Canidae is sometimes referred to as the dog family, and its characteristics, e.g.
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Papillon

wily prisoner endeavors repeatedly to escape from Devil’s Island. [Fr. Lit.: Papillon]

Papillon

one of the few to escape from Devil’s Island. [Fr. Hist.: Papillon]
See: Escape
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The name Papillon comes from the French word butterfly, and it is appropriate because the dog's big, round ears look almost like wings.
Phil Taylor, a part-owner of Papillons, called the show ``unusual and refreshing, because it doesn't focus on people who are worse off than you.
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