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    Papillon |France|

    Papillon |France|

    The Papillon takes its name from the French word for “butterfly,” and is so named because its large, wing-like ears make its face resemble a butterfly. This is a superb companion breed whose dainty, elegant looks combined with their excellent character make them popular. Papillons are joyful, playful, charming, and affectionate dogs that are devoted to their families. They are intelligent, friendly, and easily trained, making them perfect as therapy dogs, as well as for agility and obedience classes.

    History

    The breed traces to a dwarf-spaniel type sometimes referred to as the Titian Spaniel or Toy Spaniel that was popular throughout Europe by the sixteenth century. These small dogs were favored by the nobility and were seen as “comforters,” being the modern equivalent of a lap dog. Although France is listed as their country of origin they actually developed all over Europe, including in Belgium, Spain, and Italy. They can be seen in many artworks from these countries from the sixteenth century on. The Papillon became a regular at the French Court and were kept by a succession of French royals. Legend says that Marie Antoinette was accompanied by her Papillon on her way to the guillotine. The breed arrived in the United States in the first decade of the twentieth century—a Papillon named Joujou was the first to be registered with the American Kennel Club in 1915.

    At two to three weeks old, Papillon puppies begin to get their baby teeth, which should all be in place by around eight weeks.

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    From Dogs Unleashed, Copyright by Tamsin Pickeral, licensed through ContentOro, Inc and used by arrangement with Thunder Bay Press

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