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The Continental Papillon Miniature Spaniel, a dog with a cute little face

Almost miniature in size, with a cute little face and a discreet, measured and gentle temperament, the continental butterfly spaniel is the ideal companion for the elderly as well as for children to whom he will show a lot of attention and affection.

Characteristics of the Continental Toy Spaniel Butterfly

First striking detail: its small size. The Continental Toy Spaniel Butterfly measures an average of 28 cm at the withers and weighs between 1.5 kg and 5 kg. These measurements make the dog portable. Wherever you go, you can take it with you. Apart from its size, its head is also small. Expressive and light, it reveals a relatively marked stop and a short muzzle. The almond-shaped eyes are fairly large, wide open and dark in color. The well-spaced ears are attached behind and carried straight. They have the particularity to open on the head, which reminds the wings of butterflies. Hence the name of this breed. The other variety of continental Toy Spaniel called "the moth" has drooping and thin ears, thus differentiating it from the butterfly. As for the coat, it is long, shiny, abundant and wavy. It is short on the muzzle, the face, under the hock and in front of the legs. The coat can be of various colors as long as the white background remains dominant.

History of the breed Continental Papillon Spaniel

The Continental Toy Spaniel is a very old breed that has been around since medieval times. It is the Phalene variety that was mainly known at the time. To conform to the standard sought by the royal courts and wealthy families, smaller spaniels were developed. It is thus towards the XIXth century that the Papillon makes its appearance. It will be so successful that it will be represented in the works of artists like Goya. The continental papillon spaniel was officially recognized in 1937.

Living conditions and behavior of the Continental Toy Spaniel

The Continental Toy Spaniel Butterfly has all the qualities you would expect in a pet. It is a fun and funny dog that is also endowed with a beautiful vivacity and an extraordinary joy of living. Very attached to its masters, it will be permanently in search of affection. When it is necessary, this dog knows how to be calm and discrete. We can count on him for the guard. He is also sociable even towards strangers. Its education is not difficult since it is obedient.

Diet and main health problems of the Continental Toy Spaniel

The continental butterfly spaniel shines for its robustness. He is prone to very few genetic diseases. One of the most important is retinal atrophy. The ears can also be affected by auricular affections.

As far as diet is concerned, he has a penchant for homemade food based on poultry, meat, fish, vegetables and grains. However, it is important to get advice from a veterinarian on the right food to give your dog to avoid deficiencies or, on the contrary, excesses leading to overweight.