The dainty Papillon, whose name means “butterfly” in French, has been gracing lucky laps for centuries. They original Papillons, bearing pendulous ears and called Dwarf Spaniels, were commonly depicted in portraits with French and Spanish noblewomen. Over time, the prick-eared variety with its characteristic fringe that we know today was developed. Today both prick-eared (Papillons) and drop-eared (Phalenes) are acceptable forms and may be present in the same litter. While small and light of bone, they are lively and should not display shyness or aggression. They are cheerful, active companions that do well in an apartment but enjoy outdoor activity as well. They do not have an undercoat but benefit from routine brushing.