Papillon puppies – royal dogs
Officially it is believed that these dogs are Franco-Belgian, but it would be more fair to believe that they are still pan-European. There are dog handlers who are sure, and not without reason, that nevertheless the papillons came from a dwarf spaniel who lived in Spain.
Papillon breed distribution in Europe
How did these beautiful dogs appear in France. Papillon puppies were introduced by the Italian princess, who could not part with them after marriage. She became the wife of King Francis I. of France.
It is clear that the court ladies really wanted to be like a queen and by themselves began to try to buy things like hers, including this applied to dogs. At the same time, papillon puppies also appeared in Denmark, Poland and Sweden.
Papillons were very popular in the Rococo era.
The fact that the breed was very popular is evidenced by the fact that the court artists constantly tried to portray a papillon puppy on their canvases. He was painted by Fragonard, Watteau, Rubens, Boucher. Noble people were generally sure that the portrait was not finished, if it also does not depict a small dog. Madame de Pompadour, known in France, loved these dogs very much, she had a lot of them, besides, she always ordered pictures with them.
How did papillons survive to this day?
The fact is that in the 20th century, these tiny puppies became interested in scouts living in England. They decided to remodel the breed a bit, to make it more fluffy, so that the blood was used for breeding Spitz. Thus, dogs with very rich hair were bred. In fact, this is exactly what we see them now.