Image of a Papillon (toy dog) Named Papillon for the French word for 'butterfly' because of the breed's erect, fringed, mobile ears.  Phalenes are the drop eared type of Papillons. They were actually the original breed that is pictured in all the old court paintings of Europe from the 1500's onward and were named Papillon because of the way their ears flapped when they ran.  The erect eared dog, what is now called the Papillon, is a bit of a newcomer, only showing up in the later part of the 1800's.  The erect eared dog became so popular that the countries of origin, France and Belgium, actually gave the Papillon name to then. Then they had to think up a new name for the drop eared dogs and finally in 1945, they decided on 'Phalene' which is the French word for 'moth'. In most of the world, Papillons and Phalenes are the two varieties of the Continental Toy Spaniel. Only in English speaking countries; Canada, US, UK, Aust is the whole breed called by the name of one of the varieties.

Papillon Breeders:

Are you considering a Papillon puppy? Please contact one of our breeders to find out more about their puppies, or for general information about the Papillon breed.

Prestwick Papillons (Carole)



Image of a Papillon from Prestwick Kennels

RaeAnne Papillons (Toby)



Image of a Papillon from Prestwick Kennels


Animato Papillons & Phalenes (Louann)




Image of a Papillon from Animato Kennels


When you purchase a Papillon puppy from a CADF breeder, you are purchasing from a dedicated, conscientious breeder whose priority is to produce healthy specimens of their own breed.


All CADF member breeders have agreed to abide by our Code of Ethics.  Our Papillon breeders screen their breeding stock for known hereditary problems, specific to the Papillon breed. This allows you to purchase your puppy with confidence, knowing that your breeder has taken all of the necessary steps to provide you with the healthiest puppy possible.