- AKC, CKC, UKC
- 8" - 11"
- 5-10 lbs.
- 14 years | Add yours
- Exercise Requirement
- Training Requirement
- Grooming Requirement
- Breed Characteristics
Continental Toy Spaniel, dwarf spaniel, phalene (drop ear version).
This breed originated in Continental Europe (France / Belgium).
Date Of Origin
The Papillon developed in the 1600's.
The Papillon probably originated in Western Europe as a bred down version of larger spaniels. Its type is believed, by some, to date to at least 1500. Also known as the dwarf spaniel, the Papillon was popular with noblewomen. Madame Pompadour and Marie Antoinette both had pet Papillons.
The Papillon is a small, fine boned dog. It is slightly longer than it is tall. Its head is small with a thin, tapered muzzle, which is about a third of the length of the head. The nose is small and black and the eyes are round and dark. The large ears are naturally erect, resembling the spread wings of a butterfly, from which the breed takes its name, and are well fringed. Except for there drooping position, the ears of the Phalene are similar. The Papillon has thin, hair like feet. Its long, plumed tail is carried arched over the back. It is single coated with long, silky, straight hair. The backs of the forelegs are feathered, and the chest has a profuse frill. It is parti-colored but the nose, eye rims, and lips are always black.
The Papillon is an alert dog that is friendly toward almost everyone, including children and other animals.
The Papillon is a most gracious companion, robust despite its small size, and very adaptable.
Liver shunt, luxating patellas, PRA
It does well in most environments, but makes an especially good pet for an apartment dweller or a person with a sedentary lifestyle.
Show Sources & Contributors +
The Howell Book Of Dogs
Publisher: Wiley Publishing Inc, 2007
Author: Liz Palika
Publisher: BowTie Press, 2005
Authors: Kristin Meuh-Roe, Jarelle S. Stein
Simon & Schusters Guide to Dogs
Publisher: Simon & Schuster inc, 1980
Author: Elizabeth Meriwether Schuler
The New Encyclopedia of the Dog
Publisher: Dorling Kindersley Publishing, 2000
Author: Bruce Fogle