Papillon (dog)

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Papillon

The Papillon (French pronunciation: ​[papijɔ̃], "butterfly[-eared]"), also called the Continental Toy Spaniel, is a breed of dog of the Spaniel type.[1] The Papillon is one of the oldest of the toy spaniels. Its name comes from its butterfly-like look of the fringed hair on the ears. The dog is alert and friendly with people and other dogs.[2] The Papillon is a very active dog.[3] It is also easy to train.[3]

History[change | change source]

The Papillon's ancestors can be seen in many 16th century paintings by Old Masters.[1] The earliest pictures containing these toy spaniels are by Tiziano Vecellio.[4] The earliest Continental Toy Spaniels had drooping ears.[1] Near the end of the 19th century the erect butterfly-like ears became popular.[1] They began to call these dogs Papillons.[1] From that time on the dog was available in two nearly identical breeds.[5] The Papillon with its erect butterfly-like ears and the Phalène with its moth-like drop ears.[5] In 1915 the Papillon breed was recognized by the American Kennel Club (AKC).[6]

References[change | change source]

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 1.4 Rachel D. Kemmerer. "A Brief History of the Papillon". Papillon Club of America. Retrieved 5 August 2015.
  2. "Papillon". dogsindepth.com. Retrieved 5 August 2015.
  3. 3.0 3.1 "Papillon". DogTime.com. Retrieved 5 August 2015.
  4. "History of the Papillon/Phalene Dog". Road's End Papillons. Retrieved 5 August 2015.
  5. 5.0 5.1 "Papillon". Westminster Kennel Club. Retrieved 5 August 2015.
  6. "Papillon". American Kennel Club. Retrieved 5 August 2015.