Did you know Papillon dogs were a favorite of the French royalty? The word “Papillon” is French for “butterfly,” and these dogs are known for their erect, butterfly-like ears. The other variety of a this dog has folded ears and is called "Phalene," which is named for a moth with drooped wings.
As descendants from the continental toy spaniel, their hunting instincts are innate. Papillon dogs can often be seen chasing small animals such as birds, squirrels, rabbits; as well as insects such as ants, and flies. My Papillon loves to chase the lizards here in Florida. They can keep themselves amused.
Its early ancestor, the Dwarf Spaniel, had droopier ears. Noble ladies often insisted that their formal portraits include these pets. The breed's popularity quickly grew as these Papillon dogs were sold across European trade routes.
If you’re looking for a highly active dog, Papillon dogs are the right one to get. Let them run and they will exercise themselves. They enjoy the outside running grounds. They are very territorial and may announce each visitor with a lively bark. That is why they are called happy yappy pappy Papillon dogs! They can go from sleeping to barking in a second.
Males and Females 4 to 9 lbs.
Small, round skull with a white blaze up the center of the forehead enhances the butterfly look.
Set on the back of the head at a 45 degree angle, mimicking the spread wings of a butterfly.
Round, dark eyes and rims. Bite-Level.
Fine and tapered. Nose- Black. Feet- Little harelike feet.
Long, high, arched, erect. Color- White with shades of red, black-white and tri color.
Long, silky, flat coat with longer hair on the chest and tail. White color with distinct patches of a second color through out the entire body.
The Papillon can be identified by their fringed ears, which are shaped like a butterfly's wings. Their ears and eyes are usually masked with one color and a white blaze between the eyes that resembles a butterflies body.