Showsight Presents The Papillon

“Looking at the Papillon in profile you should see the beautiful, small head, LARGE EARS ON ONE END AND THE HIGH, ARCHY TAIL ON THE OTHER.”

(laying flat on the back with no daylight under them). We have judges rewarding dogs with snap tails who wouldn’t think of putting up a dog with his tail down. One is just as bad as the other. Neither is correct. Th ey both spoil the outline of the dog. Th ere should be daylight between the back and the arch of the tail. Th e Papillon is single coated. Double coats appear to be dense and round. When gaiting away, there will be no movement of the pants. Double coats seldom get any length to the pants. Th e whole dog just gives you an impression of round. One of our most famous students of dogs, well- known judge Richard Beauchamp says, “If it is round, it is wrong.” To me, outline is extremely important. Th e Papillon is slightly longer in body

than the height at the wither. Slightly is an interesting word. What is slightly? “Small in amount, not great”, says Webster’s Dic- tionary . I have a friend, Terry Miller, who says, “Put your toes on the edge of Grand Canyon, now step up slightly.” A Papillon does not stand over a lot of ground. Th e standard also calls for “neck of medium length.” It is not a necky breed. Temperament almost goes with- out saying. Th ey are a happy breed and very smart. Th ey should never be shy or aggressive. Looking at the Papillon in profile you should see the beautiful, small head, large ears on one end and the high, archy tail on the other. I have been fortunate enough to judge Th e Papillon National in four countries, US, UK, Sweden and Canada. My impres- sions were that the dogs in the US and Cana- da were very similar in breed type. Th e entry in Sweden for the most part was larger dogs and not as fine-boned as ours. I thought over- all quality was best in the UK. BIO Mrs. Sharon Newcomb has about 50 years of experience with dogs. She is a successful breeder, owner/handler, pro- fessional handler, trainer (obedience and

one field trial lab) and an AKC conforma- tion judge of 35 years. Mrs. Newcomb has bred or owned: Weimaraners, Miniature Poodles, Shetland Sheepdogs, Pomera- nians, Pekingese, German Shepherd Dogs, Doberman Pincers, Papillions, Anato- lian Shepherds, Pointers, Cavalier King Charles Spaniels and Chihuahuas. Mrs. Newcomb is approved to judge the Toy Group, the Herding Group and sev- eral breeds in all the other AKC Groups. She has earned AKC Best in Show awards with Pomeranians, Papillons, Chihua- huas, Pointers, Shetland Sheepdogs and German Shepherds. Mrs. Newcomb is a noted teacher and lecturer. She has instructed both confir- mation and obedience classes and has pre- sented seminars on German Shepherds, Papillons, Anatolian Shepherds and Chi- huahuas. Additionally, she has presented canine health lectures concerning diet and vaccinations. Mrs. Newcomb is well known across the US and around the world. She has judged in England, Ireland, Canada, Mexico, China, Sweden and Korea. She showed her first Pap in the mid 70s. She has been breeding with her daughter, Elyse Vandermolen, Clearlake Papillons, for the last 20 years.

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