Monday, May 03, 2004


Breed of toy dog known from the 16th century, when it was called a dwarf spaniel. A fashionable dog, it was favoured by Madame de Pompadour and Marie Antoinette, and it appeared in paintings by some of the Old Masters. The name papillon (French: �butterfly�) was given to the breed in the late 19th century, when a variety with large, flaring ears resembling the wings of a butterfly


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