Closely related to the Papillon the Phalene can be readily distinguished from it by its ears, which hang down on the sides of its head.
History of Continental Toy Spaniel (Phalene)
The breed was popular in Italy during the Renaissance, and was well known in European royal circles.
In the USA, the Phalene is not distinguished from the Papillon, which is accepted in both ear forms.
Other names of Continental Toy Spaniel (Phalene): Epagneul Nain, Continental Phalene.
Identification keys of Continental Toy Spaniel (Phalene)
high set bushy tail
white blaze on face
Papillon This dainty little dog is closely related to the Phalene, but it can easily be distinguished by its erect ears. Its name, Papillon, the French for “butterfly”, refers to the shape of its ears.
History of Papillon
This breed often featured in paintings by the Flemish artist Van […]
Maltese Of bichon stock, this tiny, attractive dog has a long, silky, pure-white coat which contrasts starkly with its dark, oval-shaped eyes and black eye rims.
The coat may have slight lemon-coloured markings, notably in the vicinity of the head.
History of Maltese
Possibly the oldest of […]
Havanese This dog is of bichon stock, and is related to such breeds as the Bichon Frise. It has a profuse double coat and is usually cream, gold, silver, blue or black.
History of Havanese
It is believed to have been brought to Cuba by sailors from the Canaries.
This breed is become […]
Bolognese Descended from bichon stock, and so having the characteristic white, cottony coat associated with this group, the Bolognese may in fact have blond markings, although these are not considered desirable. This is a square-built and solid dog for its size.
History of Bolognese
The breed’s […]
Mexican Hairless Dog Three forms of this breed are now recognized: the Standard (shown here), the Miniature, and the smaller Toy version. There is also a so-called “Powder-puff’ version of each size, which does have a coat of hair but cannot be exhibited. The Mexican Hairless has a noble stance, not unlike […]