Non-sporting Breeds


Pedigree Points
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.
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