The Papi-poo is known as a designer or hybrid dog, the result of a cross between a Papillon and the Poodle. To discover the characteristics that make up this dog, we have to look to the parent breeds. The Papillon is an old breed, and dates back as far as the 1500s when they were popular with noble women throughout Europe. They were prized as companion dogs and possibly watchdogs for their mistresses, and enjoyed the pomp and affection they received. The name is French and was given to the breed when during the 17th century their appearance changed from having floppy ears to upright ears. Apparently, the nobility decided that they looked like a butterfly, hence the name change. The ears weren't the only change; their solid color slowly changed into a white with patches. The Papillon has remained a popular small dog throughout the years, and some can be highly strung and nervous, and they become very attached to their owners. The Poodle is also an ancient breed coming originally from Germany. They were used as working dogs and retrieved water fowl for their owners. Their unique coat helped to protected them from the water. The French embraced the Poodle when it arrived in the 15th Century, and they refined the breed into the three types we know today. The Standard Poodle is the water fowl retriever, the Miniature is used to find truffles, and the Toy Poodle was and still is the pampered companion. The circus people of the day discovered how highly intelligent the dog was, and trained them to perform to crowds of adoring people. These people are also responsible for the Poodles outrageous haircut which the French people loved and refined. The Poodle was recognised in American in 1886 and while some think of the breed as being aloof and wary, to their families the Poodle is a comedian, a friend, and affectionate family member.