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The Papillon - A little about the Breed

The Papillon is considered to be one of the oldest toy breeds in continental Europe and was a favorite at the French court. Their famous owners include Henry III, Marie Antoinette and Madame de Pompadour.

There is evidence that these small dogs were favorites of the Old Masters, as Phalenes & Papillons were portrayed by many of them from as early as the sixteenth century.

The are many stories about the Papillon, the following story of Marie Antoinette is one of our favorite stories about the breed history of the aristocratic butterfly dog. We have enjoyed sharing this bit of history for many years and wanted to share it with you. The story goes that when Marie was taken to the guillotine to be beheaded, she carried her favorite pet with her to her death.  This pet was a Papillon, a small spaniel type dog that was a court favorite.  Supposedly the dog was not killed with her mistress and was cared in a Parisian building still named the Papillon House.

Early images of the breed are found in paintings and wall murals as early as the 13th century. Epagneul Nain Continental, or Continental Toy Spaniel, is the name given this little dog. The name Squirrel Spaniel has also been used. Near the end of the 1800's,  the breed fanciers bred a version of the spaniel whose ears stood up.  This dog was named Papillon based on their erect ears that resembled the wings of a butterfly.   The drop eared variety of the breed came to be called the Phalène, or moth in French.. Both types are still bred today and can show up in the same litter although the Papillon is much more common. 

The Papillon today has a straight silky coat,  that almost drapes and is not to appear puffy or double coated. The large erect ears and  fringe on the ears is the most notable physical attribute of the erect eared breed today. The Phalene of today is the same as the erect eared Papillon excluding its dropped spaniel ears.  Judging the two breeds together are to be considered equal.

Papillons are an amazingly versatile dog.  They compete and perform in Agility, Obedience, Conformation and Tracking. They may look like a dainty toy but many times Paps act like a small dog in a big dog's body.  This can be amusing and unnerving at the same time.  Papillons are a tough little breed and are capable of making multiple mile trips, though at the same time can refuse to go out on wet lawns or in the rain.  Paps are well suited to work in agility, as they are an athletic small dog that can be well trained  and some of the Paps have hunting &  herding instincts as well. They have become a favorite of agility trainers as they run through the tunnels, jumps, weave poles and a-frames with ease.  You will see Papillons compete at the top levels of competition agility trials

Papillons are a wonderful family dog and want very much to please. Although many breeders  are of the opinion that it is best  not place a very small Papillon in a home with toddler aged children.  They are well suited for an apartment lifestyle and can be lap dogs that just want to be near their owners. 



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