The Papshund is a designer hybrid and companion without a documented history. Both the Papillon and the Dachshund are popular breeds, but the origins of intentional crossbreeding are unknown. Hybrid dispositions and health traits are not standardized, but owners can review the respective histories of the parent breeds to understand potential traits of the Papshund better. The Papillon is and was always a popular companion dog with origins extending back to the 16th Century in Europe. The Papillon developed in Spain from the Toy Spaniel lines and traveled to France on the backs of mules carrying trading goods. The little dog, with is characteristically unique ears, caught the attention of the French court and was named Papillon after its butterfly ear trait. During its time in France, a dropped-ear variation of the Papillon rose. The dropped-ear variation was named Phalene, which is another French word referencing the dog's ears. Phalene means moth and was given to the dropped-ear Papillon to indicate its ears looked like wings at rest like that of the moth. Today, the Phalene is a rare variation and may be present in the same litter as Papillons. The Papillon came to the United States in the 20th Century, and the American Kennel Club recognized the companion dog in 1915. The Dachshund first developed in Germany during the 15th Century. The name translates as badger dog in German and the low to ground dog hunted prey of varying size including hare, deer, and wild boar. The size and weight of Dachshunds have also varied over the years, and this breed comes in two sizes today, the Miniature and the Standard. Today, the Dachshund is the only breed recognized as both an above ground and below ground hunter but is now bred more for companionship than for hunting. However, many of the tenacious qualities that marked this breed are still present, and no squeaker toy is safe for long. The American Kennel Club first recognized the Dachshund in 1885.