Papillon (Continental Toy Spaniel)
How much exercise?
Up to 30 minutes per day
Length of coat
How much grooming?
More than once a week
Town or Country
Type of home
Minimum Garden Size
Over 12 Years
This breed has two countries listed as its home, France and Belgium, in both of which it is known as the Continental Toy Spaniel, Papillon, or, in a drop-eared version, Phalene. The erect-eared version takes its name from the French word for butterfly, while the drop-eared is named after the moth.
The Papillon was developing on the Continent at the same time as the King Charles was evolving in Britain, both deriving from the toy spaniels of the day.
The Papillon, an exquisite little toy dog, is a lively breed requiring much human companionship. He is happy, easy to teach and train and has proved himself extremely
clever in obedience. The breed can be said to be proud and extrovert.
His long silky coat can be kept immaculate by regular brushing with a soft brush, and occasional combing. He has a long life-span and makes a fascinating and interesting companion.