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History of the Continental Toy Spaniel

papilon-dogThe Papillon is one name of the Continental Toy Spaniel which is a kind of breed of dog speculated to come from Spain. This breed has a butterfly look and a small head having a short and narrow muzzle. Did anyone think that the Titian spaniel was a pure breed after they were found in countries such as France and Spain? The origins of the Papillon came early in the 16th century, at the time of Vecelli known as the Titian- who painted a number of beautiful spaniels. In those days, they looked exactly like the hunting spaniels that are seen nowadays.

After the conquest of Mexico, the Titian spaniel had been developed as a pure breed. The erect ears this breed came to have are from the earliest patterns before having the iconic drooping ears. The curve of the skull was visible with the ears set high, hanging and a modest medium size and a light shape. This is exactly the 18th century image that looks just as painting suggests, being simple dogs whose ears were supported with leather strengtheners to erect them.

It is believed that the ancestry of the Titian spaniel, could have originated from Spain as the name suggests, although it’s ancestry is extinct and could not have been traced. The older family of the spaniels known as the setters, the hounds, the mastiffs and the spitzes were the hunting species which are known to originate from Europe and made it to Asiatic tribes. Therefore, the spaniel could not be traced between these breeds as well as the Continental Toy. Italy was known for the high productivity of the toy breeds which were prolific in varieties such as the greyhounds, the dwarf barbets, and the Cayenne dogs. This came along when Classical Greece and Rome courted the toy breed. Having this in mind, the characteristics of toy spaniels continued to improve well besides them believed to come from China. In the late of the 18th century, the breed had parti-color with coated skin which is long. It took time for the breeder working with specimen during the Renaissance time to make the greyhounds and barbets look smaller in size to resemble the toy breeds.

The intensive breeding program did more refinement and evidenced more defined continental toy spaniels. This increased the popularity and fame of the spaniel being in demand in the market. They featured with new strong soft bones, the excellent coating around the body coupled with smooth feathering that grew profusely. The certain and most revealing characteristic was the shape of the head. Before, they had been painted by Veronese to appear flat head to domed head to bulged heads. Contemporaries of the painting of the spaniel toys presented them with a showy skull with drooping ears.

The breakthrough was realized in the 19th century when the erect ear of the continental toy spaniel took center stage of high fashion having a butterfly appearance. He was given the name ‘Papillion which dominated other names of its two varieties. The dropped ear breed was named the halene’, by the international Papillon Organization.

Earlier, the Titian dogs had white to red color traits. And the other varieties of specimen took the chestnut, black and white, and silver to gray attractive traits. Nowadays, the continental toy spaniel has solid colors diminished the feet and at the chest appearing white, and taken the marked parti-color. The head is well slightly rounded and well defined with a stop between the ears. The evidence of this artistic perfected work is credited to France and Belgium who have been authored by Baron Albert Houtart of Belgium to certain that the Papillon is a native breed.

Courts everywhere all over the world have embraced the clean intelligent, self-assured, butterfly look Papillon. He is sociable both with children and strangers possessing abilities to learn new tricks easily.

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