|About the Papillon|
|Papillon (PAPPY-ON) is the French term for 'Butterfly'. These little dogs are really well named! They have the beauty and grace of a butterfly in flight, and like that most royal of insects, Papillons have the heart of a lion, expressed with contagious enthusiasm and joy.
The Papillon is the smallest of the Spaniels, standing no taller than 11 inches. There are two varieties. The erect-eared type is most common today and is known as the Papillon, but the drop-eared version is older and is called Phalene (FAE-LEEN) which means Moth in French.
|Links to Papillon History|
|PAPILLON HISTORY - by Lee Weston
A BRIEF PAPILLON HISTORY - from the 1957 PCA Handbook
PAPILLON & PHALENE HISTORY- Forevr Papillons
A BRIEF HISTORY OF THE PAPILLON And reasons for elements of its AKC standard - by Harold Gell
|In 2001 in Australia, we had to sell off our horses and cattle because of drought. We still wanted to breed - just something a bit smaller and more affordable. After a lot of research we decided on Papillons, and we got our first girls. They were followed by a lovely Australian Champion boy, and eventually produced our first litters.
In 2003 we branched into a long-admired breed, and got our first American Cocker Spaniel.
We were blessed with some wonderful dogs in Australia, some we bought and some we bred. We were beginning to do very well in the showring, too. Among our ribbons are Best Puppy of Breed at the Toowoomba Royal, Best Puppy in Group at Warwick, several Junior in Group awards, and several Best of Breed ribbons won by various dogs.
In 2004 we decided to move home to Canada, and had to face the reality that we couldn't bring them all with us. So we chose 4 dogs: 2 Papillons and 2 American Cockers, and reluctantly placed the rest of the crew. In January of 2005 we all came home.
We now live on 70 acres in central Alberta, an hour northwest of Red Deer.
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