Recognized: AKC, ANKC, CKC, FCI, KC (GB), KUSA
Height: 8-11 in (20-28cm)
Coat: Long, abundant, flowing, and silky
Color: White with patches of any color except liver; tricolor: black and white with tan in spots over eyes and inside ears, on cheeks, and under root of tail
|The Papillon is also known as the Continental Toy
Spaniel. The name Papillon, which is French for
"butterfly" comes from the breed's erect ears. An
identical drop-eared variety is known as the Phalene
or "moth." The Papillon has often been mistaken for
the Long-coated Chihuahua, a variety it helped to
produce. In fact, the Papillon originated in Spain and
is said to be a descendant of the l6th-century Dwarf
Spaniel. It has been included in paintings by Rubens
and Van Dyke. Like the toy spaniels and the Maltese,
the Papillon became a favorite of the aristocracy
wherever it went.
The Papillon is intelligent, usually healthy, and has
proved an able contender in obedience competitions.
It is fairly easy to look after, needing only a daily
brushing to keep the coat shining.