This small Butterfly Dog, tough dog with the French name Epagneul Nain Papillon belongs to the dwarf Spaniels and has a height of about 28 cm.
Popular with nobility
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The butterfly dog has a long history. The story of Queen Marie-Antoinette, who allegedly went to the guillotine with her dog under her arm, is known to many. This is probably the most famous butterfly dog that has ever lived. The country of origin is Belgium / France. In the 16th century, these dogs were often found among the nobility.
They used to be used to catch rats
Today it is a companion animal par excellence. The friendly and gentle nature ensures that you can do a lot with this dog. You do the dog a great pleasure to go out. This little rascal likes to be around his boss or the family. The size and fine character ensure that the dog can be taken anywhere.
They owe their name to their ears
The name of this breed needs no further explanation. If you look at the ears that explains the name. The striking ears resemble the wings of a butterfly! In addition to the butterfly dog with standing ears, there is also a moth dog, which has hanging ears.
A lively, friendly and alert dog
This breed feels at home everywhere as long as it doesn’t have to be left alone. A farm or an upstairs apartment, with enough exercise, this dog will be very satisfied. He will make himself heard in case of trouble. A dog to play and walk with. Fetch and ball games are a favorite. A good course and the right guidance ensure that this dog can look good with a flyball.
The coat is long and wavy, the color predominantly white with spots
It is important that the coat is maintained properly and regularly. The coat is long, but of such structure that there will be little to no tangling. Brushing well once a week is sufficient. No undercoat is present. Remove the loose hairs in the ear canal to avoid irritation and cut the hairs of the feet.
Can cause nuisance from excessive barking
The dog will make its voice heard if something is not right. He will also be heard when he is left alone too long and too often.
Separation anxiety occurs
Fear of abandonment is an unpleasant character trait and difficult to bend once it is present. Build your own home in small steps, start right away.
A good example of a companion animal
This breed is a very good example of a companion animal. If you would like to have a dog around you all day that does not grow too big, can go anywhere and has a soft character, the butterfly dog is a good choice. Alert, playful and loves people around. With proper education (socialization), his attitude towards other pets is also good. Due to its size, this dog can “fall prey” to rambunctious children, watch out for this! This cozy little friend is not a toy either.
He is a busy owner and learns quickly
If you are a busy bee yourself, this breed will suit you well. Doing everything together satisfies both of you. You can join an agility association if you want a little more challenge. There are adapted obstacles for small breeds.
Small, but very energetic, provide challenge and offer games that make the brain work
This little rascal is very energetic. The education can be done gently because it is a gentle breed. Practice and play a lot, provide variety so that the dog remains motivated. Do you like to play, train and move with your dog? Then you are the perfect boss for this small, tough, gentle, intelligent dog.