Function: small-vermin hunting
This dainty, balanced little toy dog should have an attractive
head, an alert bearing and an intelligent and lively expression
for: Families, anyone.
White with patches which may be any colour except liver.
A tricolour must be black and white with tan spots over the
eyes, tan inside ears and under root of tail and on cheeks.
The head marking should be symmetrical about a white, narrow,
clearly defined blaze.
Should be abundant, (flowing) but without undercoat,
long fine, silky, falling flat on back and sides forming a profuse
frill on the chest, short and close on the skull, muzzle and front
part of the legs. Back part of the front legs to pasterns, tail
and thighs covered with long hair.
Appearance: Dainty little dog. Large erect ears which
have heavy fringing (Phalènes: ears, large, rounded & obliquely
set. Held dropped without touching the cheeks & quite mobile)
Round shaped dark eyes. Tail is long & well fringed, arched
over the back with the fringes falling to the side to form a plume.
The word Papillon is French for
butterfly and pronounced pah-pee-yon. When the ears are erect they
are carried obliquely like the wings of a butterfly, hence the name
The original dropeared variety is still occasionally seen and is
known as Phalène (fa-lane).
In Europe they are still known as the European Dwarf Spaniel.
These intelligent, perky little dogs have friendly natures but can
sometimes become quite possessive of their owners. Good family pets
but care should be taken not to let small children be too rough
They are suitable for apartment life or are as equally at home on
acreage, wherever they live they still need to get out and about
They can excel in formal obedience and agility.
daily combing is needed to keep the coat knot free. Dry shampoo
or bath when needed.
these dogs love a good play and run around, they won't complain
too much if they don't get to go any where for a day or so but like
all dogs need regular exercise to keep them fit and happy. They
do enjoy exercise and will quite happily take on a 10km walk.
This breed can suffer from some eye problems and knee problems.
For Diet and other general dog health information Health/Nutrition