The Papillon takes his name from the look of a butterfly given by the wide erect ears; there is a drop-eared variety of the breed, known as Phalene which is French for moth. The Papillon and Phalene were developed as lapdogs in France and Belgium at the same time as the King Charles was being established in Britain and have a common ancestor in the Toy Spaniels which then existed.
The Papillon was a great favourite in the French Court and his famous owners included Marie Antoinette and Madame de Pompadour, and can be seen in paintings by Rubens and Rembrandt.
He is up to 11" tall but weighs only 4.5kg which makes for a dainty little dog. The Papillon has a fine-boned structure together with the coat pattern which hugs the body and has no undercoat giving him a very fragile look.
His coat, which is silky and fine, is white with patches of any colour except liver. He is wonderfully alert, intelligent and lively and makes an excellent companion dog though not really the right dog for a household of lively children.
Click here to read the Papillon Breed Standard.
Papillon Rescue and Rehoming
Papillon Club Rescue
Mrs Deborah Gornall (Co-ordinator) 01772 864585
Papillon Club of Scotland Rescue
Mrs Mary Whitehill 01592 260872
Papillon Breed Clubs
If you are looking for a puppy contact the Breed Clubs and the Breeders listed and visit the puppyfinder website where there is a great deal of information on hereditary conditions. If you are a Breeder and wish to advertise your puppies puppyfinder is an excellent showcase.