Papco Papillons 

Papillon Standard

The Papillon (Pre 1987 Kennel Club London)

GENERAL APPEARANCE : This dainty,balanced little toy dog should have an attractive head,an alert and intelligent lively expression.

Movement should be shound, light and free not cramped or restricted in any way.

CHARACTERISTICS: This dainty, balanced little toy dog should have an attractive head, an alert bearing and an intelligent lively expression.

TEMPERAMENT: (Not detailed)

HEAD AND SKULL: The skull slightly rounded between the ears, the muzzle finely pointed and abruptly thinner than the skull accentuating the stop which should be well defined. Length from tip of the nose to the stop approximately a third length of the head. Nose should be black.

EYES: Of medium size, rounded, dark in colour, placed rather low in the head and should not bulge.

EARS: The ears should be large and mobile with rounded tips, heavily fringed, set towards the back of the head far enough apart to show the slightly rounded shape of the skull. The ears must be completely erect or dropped. When the ears are erect they must be carried obliquely like the spread wings of a butterfly, therefore the name, Papillon. When theears are dropped they must be completely dropped, and this type is known as the Phalene(moth).

MOUTH: Scissor bite, upper teeth fitting closely over the lower. The lips thin and tight.

NECK: Of medium length.

FOREQUARTERS: Shoulders will developed and sloping back.Chest rather deep. Forelegs straight and slender and fine boned.

BODY: Level topline. The body should have plenty of lenght, well formed with well sprung ribs, good length of lion which must not be weak, with slightly arched belly.

HINDQUARTERS: Well developed, good turn of stifle. Legs when viewed from behind, should be parallel. Dew claws on hind legs must be removed.

 FEET: fine and fairly long, asin the hare. The tuffs of hair between the toes extending far beyond them.

TAIL: Long and well fringed, set on high, arched over the back with the fringes falling to the side to form the plume.

GAIT/MOVEMENT: Movement should be sound, light and free and not cramped or restricted in anyway.

COAT: Should be abundant,(flowing) but without undercoat, long fine, silky, falling flat on back and sides forming a profuse frill on the chest, short and close on the skull, muzzle and front part of the legs. Back part of the front legs to pasterns, tail and thighs covered with long hair.

COLOUR: White with patches which may be any colour except liver. A tricolour must be black and white with tan spots over the eyes, tan inside ears and under root of tail and on cheeks. The head marking should be symmetrical about a white, narrow, clearly defined blaze.

SIZES: The ideal height at the withers from 20.3-28 cm (8-11 inches). The dog will appear to be slightly longer than high when prperly furnished with ruff and hind fringes.

FAULTS: Any departure from the foregoing points should be regarded should be in exact propotion to its degree and its effect upon the health and welfare of the dog.


Skull flat or apple shaped. Muzzzle overlong or coarse. Nose other than black. Eyes light in colour, too small or too large, or protruding.

Ears semi-erect or not fully dropped, small, sharply pointed or set too close together.

Mouth over-or undershot to the extent that the incisors do not touch at all.

Wry mouth.

Shoulders straight. Out at elbow. Topline roached, dipped or cobby.

Legs malformed and crooked, cow hocked, too long or too short.

Stifles straight, coupled with weak hindquarters.

Tail unduly short. Too low set.

Harsh, curly or stand off coat.

Notes: Male animals should have two apparently normal testicles fully descended into the scrotum.


Taken from the ANKC website

Last updated 2 July 2009


Contact Details
Rosie Hawkins
Laang, VIC, Australia
Phone : 0419517969 or 03 55662368
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