One look at these dogs' ears and you'll know how they got their name; the French word "papillon" translates directly to "butterfly". The Papillon's fluffy, feathered ears, dark, expressive eyes and plumed tail give it a distinctive (and adorable!) appearance. Papillons love to be with people, are very affectionate and loyal. They are among the more intelligent dog breeds, quick to learn and eager to please. These small, elegant dogs excel at agility and other competitive dog sports. They do well in small and large living spaces.
This little dog got its name because of its butterfly wing ears; "Papillon" is the French word for butterfly.
The Papillon developed in France from the dwarf spaniels of the 16th Century before being popularized in Spain and Italy. It rose to popularity when in 1999 a Papillon named "Kirby" was the first of its breed to win Best In Show at the Westminster Kennel Club show as well as the World Dog Show in Helsinki, Finland.