The Papillon is a small, friendly, elegant toy dog. They are light and dainty, yet still lively, They are known to be happy and alert little dogs that are not shy or aggressive. Papillons are a happy breed whether living in an apartment, out in the country or anywhere in between. They love to play outdoors, but they can be easily entertained and exercised indoors, as well.
The name Papillon comes from the French word for “butterfly.” This is due to the shape made from the Papillons erect ears and fringed outline. In the 1500 and 1600’s, they were often depicted on the laps of French and Spanish Noblewomen.