The name Bostillon is a combination of the two names of its parent breeds: the Boston Terrier and the Papillon. The Boston Terrier was recognized by the American Kennel Club in 1893. A popular breed, it was bred often in Boston, Massachusetts, its origin city after being brought from England, giving us the breed we know today. From 1905 to 1939, the Boston Terrier was the most popular dog in the United States and still holds favor with many. The Bostillon’s other parent breed, the Papillon, got its name because of its butterfly wing shaped ears. The breed originated over 700 years ago in France and was very popular with European royalty and elite. Papillons can even be identified in Italian frescoes and paintings as early as the 13th century. Interestingly, this breed originally had pendant ears. Over time, however, it developed the erect ears that we recognized it by today. In fact, many litters still produce puppies with both types of ears. Papillons became popular in North America during the early 20th century, and the AKC recognized the breed in 1915. The product of these two breeds, the Bostillon, is suspected to have originated in the early to mid-1900s when both parent breeds were in North America. It was likely bred haphazardly or by mistake for some time. Only recently has it been recognized as a designer hybrid, but not by the AKC.