The papillon is named for its graceful feathered ears. Royal portraiture shows small spaniels resembling the papillon as far back as the 16th century! This toy breed is active, companionable, and highly trainable—the smartest of the toy dog breeds.
7. Labrador Retriever
The most popular dog breed in the U.S., the Labrador retriever is named for the cold waters off Newfoundland where they were first bred. A short thick coat, webbed feet, and a heavy tail help this intelligent dog swim long distances in cold water.
In addition to their hunting prowess, Labs are popular favorites for canine water rescue, therapy work, and assistance dog training. Labs excel in the canine sport of dock jumping.