Dog walking harness for Papillon
- small toy dog breed
- fine-boned structure
- butterfly-like ears
Papillon dog names
Overview - Papillon
The Papillon breed is descended from one of the original toy breeds, the miniature Spaniel. Originally called the Dwarf Spaniel, Squirrel Dog, and Toy Spaniel, this little dog with a big personality has enjoyed a long and pampered history amongst the European elite for over 700 years. Named for its distinctive ears, which lift up and out, the Papillon is regarded as one of the ten smartest dog breeds are in the top forty for most popular companion pets.
History of Papillon
The French word meaning butterfly was first applied to this breed in the 1500s, when the fashion for this elegant little dog turned from the floppy eared Spaniel style to the sprightly winged look that is still popular today. The Papillon were hugely popular amongst the upper ranks of society, and artists of the period preserved a wealth of images of the miniature Spaniels with their royal and noble counterparts.
During this time, Italy and Spain became noted centers for the extensive trading and breeding of these little dogs. Louis XIV of France was very fond of the small dogs, and Marie Antoinette and King Henry III were also ardent admirers. Another name given to the breed was Squirrel Spaniel, as it bore its plumed tail on its back in the manner of squirrels. In Europe, the Papillon is known as the Continental Toy Spaniel or Epagneul Nain.
The Phalene is the given name for the drop-eared Papillion. It is a also a French name, meaning night moth. The two ear types are usually born within the same litters, but the erect-eared variety scores over the other in terms of popularity.
With the turn of the 20th century, the Papillon became popular in French dog shows and achieved the same fame in England and the US. The earlier show dogs were bigger than their modern counterparts are, and had solid coloration like a red shade. Through selective breeding, a smaller more brilliantly colored dog with white patches, called blaze, was produced. The butterfly appearance is enhanced with a white blaze and a symmetrically shaded face.
Because of its striking performances in the show ring, its high intelligence, and love of human companionship, the Papillon has easily maintained its status as a popular family pet.
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Related dog breeds: Yorkshire Terrier, Chinese Crested, Chizer, Chorkie, Maltese, Papillon, Miniature Pinscher, Japanese Chin, Japanese Terrier, Volpino Italiano, Brussels Griffon.