Where Are Papillons From?
The Papillon is thought to have derived from a Dwarf Spaniel, specifically the Phalene, which is similar in appearance aside from its drop ears. They have been widely popular lapdogs in Europe for centuries. The breed originated in Spain and has been traded among royalty since then. The largest trade market was credited to a man from Bologna named Giovanni Filipponi. They were an expensive breed that made their way to France via King Louis XIV’s court. Louis the Great’s Papillons possessed drooping ears, but over time, the breed developed erect, butterfly ears. It was around this time that acquired their title. Both Madame de Pompadour and Marie Antionette had them as pets, as well as many other noblewomen. The Papillon eventually made its way to England in 1901 and arrived years later in the United States. They were officially recognized by the American Kennel Club in 1915.