Thanks! Well, I meant with breeds like shelties, coat does matter. they were bred in a very cold environment so a double coat is needed for insulation. In paps, it really is just for beauty, but I basically treat it like anything on the standard. You try to better it. It says a single coat that is silky to the touch, so it'd be wrong to have a double coated, coarse haired papillon. Most of the papillon standard just revolves around the 'buttefly' appearance. Ex: colored markings. Paps must have color on both ears and over both eyes. A symmetrical blaze is preffered. But in this case, the American breeders are a WHOLE lot more lenient than the English breeders. Solid headed dogs and crookedly blazed dogs are shown a lot in the akc and bred. (An in Sweden and many other countries) It's a major rift in the american and english breeders right now. English breeders actually focus on thicker coats than American breeders and they focus more on markings- less color on the body and a bigger, straighter blaze. Imo the markings really don't matter a whole lot. In fact, breeding for bigger blazes makes mismarks (ie: a papillon with white over one eye or white on an ear, even half colored faces similar to a jrt) a whole lot more prevalent. English breeders are having some problems now breeding non dqed dogs in these lines that carry these huge blazes. So it's not really just the akc that has problems like this, it's all registries. However, in papillons and companion breeds, soundness really does apply still even if the breed isn't working. You don't want to breed dogs that have hip or eye problems no matter what they do. IMO it's not the AKC that ruins breeds, but it's the breeders. People interpret standards differently. If you actually compare the AKC to FCI and other standards, they're really very similar. It's just the type the breeders choose to go after and what attributes they feel like accentuating.