THE TRUE STORY OF DOGS - PBS DOCUMENTARY - Discovery Science Animals (full documentary)

This documentary is a must watch for all dog lovers!

Do you want a purebred dog? If yes, make sure the breed truly fits your lifestyle and behaviour desires.

From the website:

Selecting a Breed

The most exciting step in selecting a new puppy is choosing the breed best suited to your interest. The CKC registers over 175 uniquely different breeds in Canada, each with their own natural instincts, characteristics and appearance. Some large, some small, some high maintenance, while others are not. Some can be docile and others full of energy with long coats or short. The list of differences goes on and on.


Do your research and take time to consider all aspects of the breed you select. Narrow your choices down to two or three breeds suited to your lifestyle, then get as much information as you can before making a final choice. Review our on-line Breed Standards or visit your local library for more detailed information.

Experience the Breed

Research will lead you to your preferences but most of all, you need to experience your selected breeds first hand in order to reach your final decision. Visit one of the many CKC events held throughout Canada each year to experience the breeds and talk to the owner or breeder about the breed. People are generally willing to provide information and provide first hand experience. Look for events in your area via the on-line search, or contact CKC Client Services at (416) 674-3699.

Why Purebred?

One advantage of purebred dogs is that the qualities of each generation (size, coat, temperament etc.) are passed on to the next. All breeds are different however, so consider the following from the point of view of a mature dog when developing your short list:


The Papillon - video Analysis - Wilbur the Papillon.

Size Height 9 - 11", weight 4 - 9 lbs
Coat Type The straight, long, fine (silky), single coat has extra frill on the chest, ears, back of the legs and the tail.
Energy Level Can be very energetic at times. Depending on living conditions, can get used to being a couch potato... but a daily walk or play session indoors is a must.                   
Original Purpose Tiny spaniels (called Continental Toy Spaniels and Dwarf Spaniels) were well established in Europe by the 1200s. The Papillon is the modern version of those tiny dogs, which often were depicted in paintings and tapestries, sitting in the laps of or being held by 'noble' ladies of the day.

Most Papillons are outgoing happy dogs who love to meet people, sit in laps, and give "kisses". They do not have a reputation for being high-strung, nervous or fearful. They generally show great enthusiasm for children, cats, and other dogs, if they are raised with them. Many regards the Pap as a "Big dog in a small dog's body."  Some refer to them as the Border Collies of the Toy Group.

Allergies Papillons are not hypoallergenic, but are still considered friendly for allergy sufferers. Their fur is very clean and has little dander. Papillons are single-coated, and therefore do no shed too much.


Here is a link to a great FAQ from the Papillon Club of America: