A dainty, fine-boned toy breed distinguished by his beautiful, butterfly-like ears, the Papillon was popular in France and Spain during the 16th and 17th centuries. A drop-eared type, called Phalenes, can be born in the same litter as erect-eared Papillons. Lively, friendly and alert, this elegant breed makes an excellent companion. He is happy in both city and country homes. Affectionate and playful, he does best with families who shower him with attention. The Papillon’s long, silky coat requires regular brushing.
Papillon means “butterfly” in French.