Papillon and Papillon pictures
Papillons are active, lively dogs, although generally not nervous
or yappy. They might alert you when someone is at the door but should
quiet down immediately when that person has been admitted as a friend.
Most Papillons retain their puppy playfulness to some degree throughout
their lives. They travel well (car-sickness is rare), and enjoy
the attention they draw wherever they go. They are not particularly
sensitive to heat or cold; high-strung and timid, amiable loving,
nervous, dependent and easy to pamper. He is intelligent, usually
health and has proved an able contender in obedience competitions.
A Papillon can change homes at any age and if suitably placed, will
adjust happily. The Papillon is a breed of toy dog known from the
16th century, when it was called a dwarf spaniel. A fashionable
dog, it was favoured by Madame de Pompadour and Marie Antoinette,
and it appeared in paintings by some of the Old Masters. He was
originally called the Dwarf Spaniel. The name papillon (French:
"butterfly") was given to the breed in the late 19th century,
when a variety with large, flaring ears resembling the wings of
a butterfly came into vogue. There is another variety of papillon,
with drooping ears. Its coat is soft, full, and usually white with
patches of black or of pale tan to dark reddish brown.