Monika Maurer

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About the Papillon



As in many breeds, the origin of the Papillon is subject to many theories, however it is generally accepted that the breed is descended from the European Toy Spaniels that feature in many of the Court Paintings from the 15th Century onwards. These Toy Spaniels were favourites with the ladies of the Court and there were rumours that Marie Antoinette's own Toy Spaniel accompanied her to the guillotine. The Breed has two countries listed at its home, France and Belgium and in both of these countries it is known as the Continental Toy Spaniel. The original Papillon was 'drop-eared' and today the 'erect eared' Papillon is by far the more popular, the drop-eared variety remains and are known as 'Phalenes'.
The papillon breed of the dog takes its name from the French word for butterfly- papillon, because of its widely set and erect but angled ears. Its also has a thin white bleze between the ears, deviding the face, that could suggest the insects body. Phalene took its name from the butterfly’s cousin, the moth, another winged beauty that folds its wings when at rest.
The first papillon, that is with angked erect ears, is sais to be born in 1896. It has never been proven if it was a mutation or just a freek of nature – in that case a very nice whim. For sure is that it was not caused by mixing breeds.

What are they like
The Papillon is a happy lively little dog, extremely intelligent and quite certain in its own mind that it is really a large dog in a small body. It has a lively and outgoing temperament and should show no signs at all of aggressiveness. It is quite happy enjoying long walks with its owner and equally content curling up in front of the fireplace at home, or more usually on its favourite chair. Its coat, the resilient, silky texture sheds dirt and grass with the touch of a brush. However Papillons love to be clean. They have no undercoat to sched out twice a year as with most long-haired breeds. With its unusual ears, waving tail plume, and flowing coat, the Papillon is a stand out. It possesses what has been termed „sensible glamour”, because the owner does not have to become a slave to preserve its beauty. The papillon has no doggy odor. Papillons are active, lively dogs, although generaly not nervous or yappy. They might alert you when someone is at the door but should quiet down immediatly when the person has been admited as a friend. Most papillons retain their puppy playfulness to some degree throughout their lives. They travel well (car – sickness is rare) and enjoy the attention they draw wherever they go. A papillon is a small dog, with fine bone it is not suited to particularly young children nor, in our opinion, is it suited to mix with larger dogs, not because of any fear on the part of the Papillon but because, in the rough and tumble of play, accidents can happen. The Papillon is a relatively healthy breed and whilst Patella Luxation and more recently P R A have appeared in the breed as a general rule the breed is sound. It is often said that the Papillon is a big dog in a little dog’s body. They can do virtually all that a larger dog can do, but with less effort, upkeeping and space requirements.
Truly, their unique beauty goes far beyond their glorious ears.