Phalene - Dropped Ears
A bit of History and Standard with information on Ears:
The original name of the Papillon is Continental Toy Spaniel, traced back to the 16th Century. The original version is the Phalene (dropped ear variety). There were some that had ear leather strong enough to stand (be erect) which became the preferred version of the breed, and they were bred genetically for this erect ear, breeding for the erect ear and a finer bone for the Papillon you mostly see today.
Still loving the Phalene (dropped ears) some breeders are concentrating on bringing them back, based on today’s standard. We are seeing some of these lovely dogs today in the show ring, including in agility and obedience, as well as seeing them as great family pets. You may go to the Papillion Club of America and read on the web site for more information about this.
Both varieties are lovely dogs in many different colors, mostly white with other colors combined, such as sable and white, black and white, lemon and white, red and white, and the tri-color - white with black and reds. They have silky coats with some flowing fringes.
Continental Toy Spaniels of the 2 varieties, Papillon (erect ears), and Phalene (dropped ears), both of which are happy and friendly little dogs. Which ever type you would like to have, a sweet lap pet, agility, obedience, show ring, or just a walking buddy, they have a very versatile personality and make wonderful companions.
Ken & Nana Ridgeway
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