Hanna The Papillon Puppy
Karon Melillo DeVega
Photograph - Photograph
Hanna is a 5 month old Papillon puppy.
She is so sweet and beautiful with a delightful personality.
Tri-color Black, White with Lemon.
The Papillon (from the French word for butterfly, pronounced: [papiˈjɔ̃]), also called the Continental Toy Spaniel, is a breed of dog of the Spaniel type. One of the oldest of the toy spaniels, it derives its name from its characteristic butterfly-like look of the long and fringed hair on the ears. A Papillon with dropped ears is called a Phalène (French for moth). The small head is slightly rounded between the ears with a well defined stop. The muzzle is somewhat short, thin tapering to the nose. The dark, medium sized, round eyes have thin black rims, often extending at the junction of the eyelids towards the ears. The large ears can either be erect or dropped with rounded tips. The teeth meet in a scissors bite. The long tail is set high carried over the body, and covered with long, fine hair. Dewclaws are sometimes removed. The straight, long, fine, single coat has extra frill on the chest, ears, back of the legs and the tail. Coat color is white with patches of any color. A mask of a color other than white covers both ears and eyes from back to front.
The Papillon is a very intelligent and self-assured dog that has a very easy time learning new tricks. This dog can be socialized to be good with children and strangers, but are generally reserved around new people. Young children should never handle Papillons without direct supervision as they are very fragile and can easily be injured. They can also be socialized to get along well with other pets, but care should be taken with rambunctious pets or cats with claws because they can play too roughly. If not properly socialized, Papillons can be distrustful and exhibit aggressive tendencies toward other dogs and people. Papillons are also very playful and affectionate. Widely known as great companion dogs, with the spirit and energy to keep up with active families, but calm enough to be happy with sleeping in the arms of an equally affectionate owner. They have high energy level and require more exercise than the average companion breed. Papillons are known as excellent watchdogs as they will alert their owner to changes in their environment. They can be 'yappy' like many toy dogs. The Papillon can withstand heat but are more sensitive to cold temperatures because of their single-coated fur, and should not be left outside unattended in cold weather.
The temperament of a papillon is a happy, friendly, adventurous dog. They are not shy or aggressive.
The history of the Papillon is traced through works of art. The earliest toy spaniels resembling the papillon are found in Italy. Tiziano Vicelli painted these small dogs in many famous paintings beginning around 1500 including the Venus of Urbino (1542). Other well known artists who included them in paintings are Watteau, Gonzalez Coques, Fragonard, Paolo Veronese, and Mignard. In a painting after Largillierre in the Wallace Collection in London, a Papillon is clearly shown in a family portrait of Louis XIV. Papillons are also in paintings of royal families around Europe and paintings of merchant class families. The breed was popular in England, France, and Belgium, which are considered countries of origin by the FCI.
The Papillon's history and long association with royalty have led to many stories about the breed.
June 29th, 2013
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