The Phalene

The Phalene

You might be surprised to find out, that the breed that is one of the rarest in the world, is one of the most obedient toy breeds in the dog world! That should be a good enough incentive for you to give this breed a read. The Phalene loves to play outdoors and owing to its high energy level, a fair amount of exercise is required on a daily basis. It’s advised to put them on a leash when outdoors, especially around larger dogs; it could lead to some ugly confrontations arousing from jealousy.

They are extremely easy to train and will do anything to please you and learn new tricks. This also makes them an excellent choice for animal assisted therapy. The Phalene dogs dote on their owners and are overall a happy breed. Even with people outside of the family, they are quick to make friends and are polite dogs. The Phalene breed adapt well around older children and other house pets including cats. Because of the dog’s small size, younger children might not know how to handle them; the breed also shouldn’t be allowed to jump from higher places, lest they should hurt themselves.

 

Appearance:

Average Height-

8-11 inches

Average Weight-

8-10 lbs

 

Care & Health:

Grooming: The Phalene is known to shed a lot. To avoid dog hair all over the house, you might want to brush them daily.

 

History:

The Phalene gets its name from the way its ears droop down like a moth’s; ‘moth’ in French means ‘phalene’. The Phalene is often considered to be the predecessor of the Papillon. Marie Antionette is said to have owned a Phalene. The existence of the Phalene goes as back as the 15th century, when they were said to appear in the paintings by the Old Masters.

Sometime during the 1900s, the Papillon surpassed the Phalene in popularity and by the 20th century, the Phalene was in danger of extinction. Even though the interest in the breed was renewed by the 21st century, the ‘moth dog’ is still a rare breed. The AKC recognize the Papillon and the Phalene as one single breed.

 

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