English Toy Papillon

He is not recognized by the F.C.I.

Origin
Great Britain <> France and Belgium -> U.S.A.
Translation
Francis Vandersteen

A brief presentation of the English Toy Papillon

An easy, efficient and playful companion, the English Toy Papillon is a hybrid between the gentle King Charles Spaniel and the cheerful Continental Toy Spaniel. These hybrids often measure between 21 and 28 centimeters and are quite playful. They are curious, intelligent dogs that make excellent candidates for owners living in urban areas. This hybrid is considered a low-maintenance dog and is renowned for being easy to train.

History of the English Toy Papillon

As this is a recently emerged hybrid, its origins and region of popularity are not yet known. They have gained in popularity over the last 10 to 15 years and continue to become favored companions.

 

        

A little of the King Charles Spaniel

        
The King Charles Spaniel originated in Asia. In the early 16th century, the ancestors of these dogs, most probably Japanese Spaniels and Pekingese, were brought from Europe to Japan. Some works of art of the King Charles Spaniel were introduced at this time, where they were often used as guard dogs for royalty. The breed's popularity spread to Europe in the 17th century, and eventually to England. They were favorites of King Charles I and King Charles II, often roaming freely throughout the palace. This is also how they got their English name of King Charles Spaniel. These dogs were well known in Britain, even during the Stuart dynasty. However, the Revolution of 1688 was a more difficult period for the breed. These dogs were mixed with the Pug when William and Mary of Orange claimed the throne. The addition to the ancestry radically changed their physical appearance compared to those depicted in ancient works of art.
Standard of the King Charles Spaniel

 

        

A little of the Continental Toy Spaniel

The name Papillon both describes the dog and alludes to their French origins. Originally, Papillons were bred from small, floppy-eared Spaniels. These were popular with the French aristocracy and, in the 17th century, a courtier's dog produced puppies with erect ears, decorated with long fur. Selective breeding of these forked-eared dogs led to the development of the distinctive Papillon. They were named for their ears with fur tips that resembled butterfly wings.
Standard of the Continental Toy Spaniel

Appearance of the English Toy Papillon

The Papillon is a small breed dog that tends to have a very fine structure and long, slender bones. These dogs often have small, pointed muzzles, rounded skulls and long, slightly curled tails. Their ears are their most remarkable feature, as they tend to be straight with lots of feathers, almost resembling the wings of a butterfly. The King Charles Spaniel has much more bone and is squarer than the Papillon. These dogs tend to have a short muzzle with a broad, square jaw line. You can expect your hybrid to take on physical traits of either of its parent breeds. However, your hybrid's overall appearance may include a glossy, dense, medium-length coat with feathering most often near the ears, tail, chest and belly. Ears can be either completely floppy or partially erect. Teeth are small, eyes round and dark.

Temperament of the English Toy Papillon

Because of their friendly, docile behavior, they often get on well with children. However, they should never be handled by young children, as they can jump and a shock from a distance can injure a small animal. Your English Toy Papillon will do very well with other pets in the house, but may be particularly at home with small animals, but remember that these small dogs can be prone to injury when playing with larger breeds. With strangers, your hybrid will be happy to waddle over to a new friend and see who they are. These dogs can be very curious.

Needs and activities of the English Toy Papillon

These hybrids can be full of energy and need lots of time to play. They may tend to enjoy shorter walks but longer play times with toys, their owners and other dogs. It's a good idea to take your hybrid to puppy playgroups or provide lots of toys. Your English Toy Papillon may be good at agility as he has speed and grit; try him out so he can show off his skills and determination. This hybrid can easily live in any domestic environment, but beware of extreme temperatures as it can be sensitive to cold and heat.

Maintenance of the English Toy Papillon

These hybrids are fairly low-maintenance and are considered seasonal shedders. Your English Toy Papillon will need a good, gentle brushing once a week to remove loose hair. If your hybrid's genes are closer to those of the Papillon, chances are it won't be prone to tangling, and using the spiked brush will further prevent this problem. However, if your hybrid has a denser coat like the King Charles Spaniel, you may need to brush his coat at least twice a week. As with all dogs, teeth should be cleaned regularly to prevent periodontal disease. Ears should be cleaned and checked regularly, especially if they are floppy, as moisture can cause problems if left unchecked.

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