Papillon means Butterfly in French, but that is not where the Papillon orginated; Italy is thought to be where Papillon were established. There are many pictures of history showing the Papillon and they were sought by royality. They are also referred to as the Contential Toy Spaniel. For they were derived from this breed as far as I have read.
Papillon is a cute small dog with distinctive characteristics. They have round perky face which goes to a small mussle. Large round eyes always filled with emotion. A most unique feature of the Papillon is its butterfly erect ears. When observed from the front, these fringed ears resemble butterfly wings, the ones with the desired white symmentrical blaze show a butterfly body. Mussles of Papillon are usually white.
Papillon's short neck is furry and leads to a broad shoulder and a sunken stomach covered with abundace of fur. Fluffy tail curls over it's back and from behind, it looks like he is wearing white britches. Short slim legs with feathering; coat is white with patches of color or some backs are white and that is all fine. BUT a show Papillon should have coloring completely over the ears and mask of face, white symmentrical blaze is preferred.
Papillon learns to do tricks easily, loves to play .Dedicated to family members and will pick his favorite. Children shoud be respectful and handle the tiny dog with care. Papillon is very intellegent. They are said to be the smartest of the toy group. Intellenge makes the Papillon easy to train.
Size preferred by show is 8 to 11 inches in height from the withers and 6 or 8 - 10 pound . They live a long life with good care, up to 16 years has been my experience..
Papillon means "butterfly" ears erect; and Phalene means "moth" ears down. These are the two type Papillon today. The Phalene is becoming very rare, however there are some deligent breeders bringing the Phalene back.
Grooming is simple. The silky single coat seems to shed dirt. Bathing every 2 - 3 weeks is recommended. Just wash and wear hair. But do brush them out often, it takes very little time. The hair behind ears and at belly should be brushed for they can matt there. Does not require hair cut except one should trim the bottom of thier feet of that hair to help them walk steadfastly.
Exercise is good, it makes a healthy well behaved dog. They are protective little guard dogs and will alert you when they hear strange noices that should not be happening. Other than that, they are quiet mannered, affectionate and very decidated to owner.
Although these pups are Quality, I prefer to offer as AKC pets, limited registration.