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Phalene Information & Dog Breed Facts

Collection of all the general dog breed info about Phalene so you can get to know the breed more.

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OriginSpain flagSpain France flagFrance Belgium flagBelgium
Other Names
What other names does the Phalene have?
Continental SpanielContinental Toy SpanielDwarf SpanielEpagnuel NainPhalSquirrel DogToy Spaniel
Breed Type
What type of dog breed is it?

Phalene Size and Weight

Is a Phalene small, medium or large dog?

How big do Phalene get?

What is the average size of a Phalene?

How much does the Phalene weigh? How much should a Phalene weight? What is the normal weight of a Phalene? How much does a full-grown Phalene weight?
Male: 8-10 pounds (4-5 kg), Female: 7-9 pounds (3-4 kg)
Average Weight
What is the average weight of a Phalene?
Male: 9 pounds (4.5 kg), Female: 8 pounds (3.5 kg)
How tall is the Phalene? Phalene height:
Male: 8-11 inches (20-28 cm), Female: 8-11 inches (20-28 cm)
Average Height
What is the average height of a Phalene?
Male: 9.5 inches (24 cm), Female: 9.5 inches (24 cm)

Phalene Price and Availability

How much does the Phalene puppy cost? What is the price range of this puppy? What is the average price of a Phalene in the United States? How much money is a Phalene?

Where to buy a Phalene with a good pedigree?

If you choose to purchase the Phalene, you should know that the mentioned amount of money is an average of the collected data from breeders’ sites and puppy finder places. If you have a Phalene for sale, please advertise it on a reliable website to make sure the Phalene gets to a happy place.
How easy is it to get a Phalene? How many Phalene are there in the world?
Rare: You may rarely see each other in everyday life, but you might catch a glimpse of each other at dog shows.

There are very few of them, and there have been times when they have almost drifted to the brink of extinction, so few are left.

Phalene Trainability and Intelligence

Intelligent Rank
How smart is the Phalene? Is the Phalene breed dumb or smart?
Outstanding: Phalene is one of the brightest dog breeds. They desire to learn tricks and commands often. The limit is your creativity. They understand and memorize new commands in fewer than 5 repetitions. This breed obeys the first command 95% of the time or better.

The Phalene is one of the best breeds in the dog intelligence ranking.

Are Phalene dogs easy to train? Do they go well on dog training? How hard is it to train a Phalene?
Phalene dogs are easy to train. They find out the association between commands and actions quite quickly.
Watchdog Ability
Is Phalene good as a watchdog? Are they alert at night?
Phalene dogs are average watchdogs. If they sense something different, they will alert you, but observation isn't considered their main job.
Guarding Behavior / Territorial
Do Phalene dogs have aggressive behavior to protect their home/house/territory? Do they have guarding instincts?
Phalene dogs strongly protect their territory. This breed is a complete security guard, so you don't have to be afraid in case of danger.

Phalene Personality and Temperament

What kind of personality does the Phalene have? What characteristics or traits does the breed have?
Sensitivity Level
How sensitive are they? Phalene sensitivity:
Phalene dogs have an average emotional level and are not the most sensitive dog breed. Sometimes it's okay to change the daily routine, have guests and listen to loud music.

Some dogs handle moderate punishment very well, while others crumble apart at a dirty look. This breed is not affected emotionally by moderate punishment.

Affection Level
How affectionate are they? Is a Phalene a good family dog?
High: Phalene dogs are genuinely loyal, soft and gentle, loving, and affectionate dogs toward their handlers. They enjoy quality time with their owners despite the activity and are considered great therapy dogs for those in need. This breed responds strongly to their handler's emotions because they bond closely. Their happiness is your happiness.
Social Needs
How much social interaction does the Continental Spaniel need? Phalene social needs:
Phalene dogs need a lot of social interaction. They desire to always be with someone or around people. This breed hates being left alone.
Impulse to Wander or Roam
How likely is the Phalene to run away? Does this breed explore or wander a lot? Does Phalene roam?
Phalene dogs are not the biggest explorers. They have low wanderlust potential. Low chance of escaping from home with this breed.
Prey Drive
Do this canine have a strong prey drive? Does Phalene have high prey drive?
Phalene dogs have a higher impulse to chase and catch something than other dog breeds. Cats or any other small animals might be in danger. It's a natural instinct, doesn't necessarily mean that Phalene dogs are aggressive. Better to keep this breed on a leash.

Phalene Activity and Playfulness

How playful is this breed?
The Phalene is a highly playful breed. Excited barking and sometimes nipping will alert you to play.
Do Phalene dogs bark a lot? Are they barkers/noisy? Why does my Continental Spaniel bark?
A lot: Phalene is a particularly loud breed. They often enjoy barking and howling loudly. If you want a quiet dog, not the best choice.

The main triggers for barking are fear, attention, alarm, boredom, greeting, separation anxiety, compulsive barking, and defense.

Apartment Friendly
Is Phalene good as an apartment dog? Can they live in a flat? Can you have a Phalene in an apartment?
It is not the best choice if you want to keep them indoors, however, with careful exercise and several walks a day, they will tolerate the indoor environment, so it is possible to keep Phalene indoors.

Phalene Adaptability and Independence

Are they adaptable and easy-going?
Phalene dogs adapt very well to lifestyle changes and basically all living environments. They don't mind moving from one place to another with their owner.
Tolerates Being Left Alone
How long can a Phalene be left alone? How long can you leave a Phalene alone?
Phalene dogs tend to have separation anxiety when their owners left them alone at home because they bond very closely with them.

Phalene Bite Characteristics

Bite Force PSI
Does the Phalene has a hard bite? What is the bite force of a Phalene? How much bite force does a Phalene have? How strong is a Phalene bite?

Between 100 and 200 PSI 🔽

Phalene bite force: Weak. The Phalene bite force is considered weak when compared to other dog breeds. The bite force Phalene measurements usually fall below 200 PSI, making them one of the breeds with the weakest bite force. The bite force of a Phalene may be weak, but it's important to remember that any dog's bite can still be dangerous if not managed properly. Despite the bite force of Phalene being lower, it does not make them any less lovable or enjoyable as pets.

Phalene bite wounds might not be as severe, but it is still essential to be cautious and prevent any biting incidents.

They are usually not aggressive and very friendly towards children and other animals. To ensure a well-behaved dog, it's essential to learn how to train a Phalene puppy not to bite from an early age. With proper training and socialization, a Phalene can be a wonderful addition to any family, providing love and companionship for years to come.

Biting Potential
Do Phalene bite humans? How likely are you to get bitten from the Continental Spaniel? What are the odds of getting bitten by a Phalene? Why do dog bites happen?

Low 🔽

The Phalene has a low chance of biting somebody. Top reasons for dog bite: protection, pain, excitement, herding instinct, being provoked. (Data based on the available online bite statistics.)
How much mouthing/nipping/play biting does the Phalene do?
Phalene dogs have an average tendency to nip, chew, playbite, or herd people. It's a common habit during puppyhood, not aggressive behavior. These "bites" don't hurt, but Phalene dogs need to be taught a good attitude.

Phalene Health and Lifespan

Health Issues
Is it a healthy or unhealthy breed? Do Phalene dogs have health problems or genetic diseases?
The Phalene is a healthy breed, but there are certain health issues that you should check with your vet regularly.
Veterinarian Visits
How often does the Phalene breed need to go to the vet? How often should you take your dog to the vet? How often should the Phalene see the vet?
The Phalene should have a complete physical check-up at least once per year. If your dog shows any symptoms, call your veterinarian.
Life Expectancy
How long do Phalene dogs live? How old can a Phalene be? What is the age limit of the Phalene? How many years can the oldest Phalene live?

What is the average life expectancy / lifespan of a Phalene?

How long is the lifespan of a Phalene?

12-16 years
The average lifespan of Phalene: 14 years
Weather and Climate
Which weather condition is preferred by this dog? Can they tolerate hot or cold weather and climate?
Prefers average to warm weather conditions
Different dogs have different preferences when it comes to weather conditions. However, in general, most dogs prefer average to warm weather conditions, as they typically find hot weather conditions to be uncomfortable and taxing.

Phalene Energy and Activity

Energy Level
How much energy does the Phalene have? What is the activity level of the Phalene?
Phalene dogs have a higher energy level than other dog breeds. If you want a dog for snuggling on the couch, this breed isn't the perfect choice for you.
Activity Requirement / Exercise Need
How much exercise does a Phalene need? How much exercise do Phalene dogs require per day?

Do Phalene dogs need a lot of exercises?

Phalene dogs need a lot of exercises. Long walks should be on a daily schedule. If you live an active life, this breed can be a good choice for you.
Sleeping Need
How much sleep does the Phalene breed need?
Phalene dogs are quite energetic dogs and they don't spend too much time with sleeping. If you live an active life, this breed can be a good choice for you.

Phalene Diet and Weight Management

Average daily food consumption
How much food does a Phalene need? What dog products should I buy? How much food does a Phalene breed eat per day? What is good dog food for Phalene? How much food should I feed my Phalene?
1/4 to 1 cup of high-quality dry food a day, divided into two meals.
Weight Gain Potential / Prone to Obesity
How easy to gain weight for this dog? Phalene risk for obesity:
Average: The Phalene has an average risk for obesity. Daily walks should be on schedule. To make your dog happy and fit, feed him with quality dry dog food and live an active life together. Try to find the happy medium between exercise and feeding.

If you notice any weight gain, consult your veterinarian and make a diet plan. Reduce unhealthy food and snacks, and measure the Phalene weight regularly.

Phalene Allergies and Grooming

Coat / Hair Types
What type of coat does the Phalene have? What does this canine coat/fur look like?
What color is the breed's coat? What color are proper Phalene coats?
Black Red SilverBrownBlack & Tan Black & White
How to groom the Phalene and how often? How often should I take my Phalene to the groomer?
Average: The Phalene requires average grooming effort. Cutting the dog's hair by a professional groomer isn't essential.

Brushing the dog's coat is useful to reduce shedding. Ears and eyes should be cleaned regularly to avoid infections.

Don't skip the seasonal flea treatment too. Dog nail trimming and dog bath can be helpful sometimes.

Check the local pet store for dog grooming supplies and find the best dog shampoo to keep its coat healthy and give your dog a pleasant experience of a dog bath.

If you don't have the time, skill, or money to take care of your Phalene, search for a dog groomer or clipping service in your area and book an appointment.

Maybe you're lucky to have a dog boarding service that includes grooming or walk-in dog bath places nearby.

Shedding Level
How much do Phalene dogs shed? How to control, reduce and prevent the shedding of the Continental Spaniel? Do Phalene dogs shed a lot?
Phalene dogs shed none to minimal. Having a puppy from this breed you don't have to be afraid of your couch or car being covered by dog hair. Phalene dogs could be the best choice if you don't tolerate dog hair.
Bath Time / Bathing Frequency
How often does the Phalene need a bath? How often should you give a Phalene a bath? Can I bathe my Phalene every day?
6-8 weeks
Rarely. Bathing your dog is beneficial to them in more ways than just one. It’s also a good time to look for unusual scratches, bumps, fleas, and other irregularities. When their hair is wet and flat against their body, these details are more visible.

For example, short-haired dog breeds can go a very long time in between baths. These short-haired breeds shed regularly and that shedding works to naturally remove excess dirt and oil. So unless your weenie dog got into the garbage can, you can probably hold off on a bath for a while.

Is the Phalene breed hypoallergenic?
Phalene dogs don't do well with allergy sufferers by causing allergic reactions. Some dog breeds are even considered to higher possibility of an allergic response. Coat type isn't necessarily relevant, because most people are allergic to dander (flakes on the dog's skin) or saliva, not actually to dog hair.
How stinky is this dog? Why does it smell bad and how to get rid of the smell?


The Phalene has an average chance of bad smell. Top reasons for dog stinkiness: infection of bad tooth/ear/skin folds, gas attacks.
Drooling Tendency
Does the Phalene drool?
The Phalene is a perfect example of a very low drooling tendency. If you're disgusted by slobber spots on your clothes, the Phalene could be a perfect choice for you. Drooling is the unintentional saliva flowing outside of the mouth. It can be completely normal or a sign of a health problem. Certain dog breeds drool minimum compared to others, just like the Phalene.

If you notice any change in your dog's drooling habit, you should contact a vet as soon as possible.

Phalene Good With

Pet Friendly
Are they pet-friendly dogs? How well do Phalene dogs get along with other pets? Are Phalene dogs good with pets? What is this canine temperament with other pets?
Phalene dogs are one of the friendliest dog breeds.
Stranger Friendly
Are they aggressive or friendly towards/with strangers? Phalene temperament with other people:
Phalene dogs are very stranger-friendly dogs.
Child Friendly
Are Phalene dogs kid-friendly? Are they good with young children? Phalene temperament with children:
Phalene dogs are kid-friendly dogs. This breed is a good choice if you have children.
Cat Friendly
How well do Phalene dogs get along with cats? Are they good with kittens? What is this fido's temperament with cats? Can they be good with cats? Can the Phalene breed live with a cat?
Phalene dogs are very cat-friendly dogs.
Dog Friendly
Is Phalene good with other dogs? Are they dog-friendly dogs? How well do Phalene dogs get along with other dogs?
Phalene dogs are not the most dog-friendly dogs. If you want more dogs in your family or you'd like to join dog meetups, the Phalene is not a good choice.
Good For First Time Owners
Is Phalene breed good for first-time owners? Do they make a good dog for novice owners? Is Phalene breed suitable for first-time owners?
Phalene dogs are good for novice owners, due to their easy-going personality.
Office Friendly
Are Phalene dogs good office canines? Do Phalene dogs make good office-friendly pets? Can they be office dogs?
Phalene is not the best dog breed for office environment.
Senior Citizens Friendly
Are they senior citizens friendly dogs? How well do Phalene dogs get along with the elderly people? What is the Continental Spaniel temperament with senior people? Are Phalene dogs good for elderly owners?
Phalenes are usually recommended for elderly people.

Phalene As a Working Dog

Service Dog
Are they good as service dogs? Can Phalene be a guide dog? Are they used as seeing-eye dogs?

Not really

This breed generally not used as a service dog. A service dog is a term used in the USA to refer to any type of assistance dog specifically trained to help people who have disabilities, such as visual impairment, hearing impairments, mental disorders, seizures, mobility impairment, and diabetes. Service dogs are protected under the ADA (Americans with Disabilities Act).

Phalene is not the best breed for service purposes.

Therapy Dog
Are they good as therapy dogs? Can Phalene be a therapy dog? Are they good anxiety dogs? Can a Phalene be an emotional support animal?

Not really

This breed is generally not used as a therapy dog. A therapy dog is a dog that might be trained to provide affection, comfort, and love to people in hospitals, retirement homes, nursing homes, schools, hospices, disaster areas, and people with anxiety disorders or autism.

Phalene is not the best breed for therapeutic purposes.

Detection Dog or Sniffer Dog
Are they good as detection dogs? Can Phalene be a sniffer dog?

Not really

They are not typically employed for this type of work, but there may be exceptional cases. A detection dog or sniffer dog is a dog that is trained to use its senses (mostly its smell) to detect substances such as explosives, illegal drugs, wildlife scat, currency, blood, and contraband electronics such as illicit mobile phones.

Phalene is not the best breed for detection purposes.

Search and Rescue Dog (SAR)
Are they good as SAR dogs? Can Phalene be a search and rescue dog?

Not really

This dog breed is not typically used as a search and rescue dog. The use of dogs in search and rescue (SAR) is a valuable component in wilderness tracking, natural disasters, mass casualty events, and locating missing people.

The Phalene is not the best breed for SAR purposes.

Boat and Sailor Dog
Are they good as boat dogs? Can Phalene be a boat dog?

Not really

Phalene breed usually doesn't like being on a boat.

Boat dogs were typically bred for their strength, stamina, and water resistance, as they were often required to perform tasks such as pulling in fishing nets, and jumping into the water to retrieve ropes or lines, or helping to move cargo.

Sailor dog is a type of dog that was bred to accompany sailors on their voyages. They were typically used for three purposes: as a working dog, a watchdog, and as a companion. A boat dog is a term used to describe a type of dog that was traditionally bred and used as a working dog on boats.

Cart Pulling or Drafting Dog
Are they good as cart pulling dogs? Can Phalene be a drafting dog?

Not really

A drafting dog or draft dog is a dog bred and used for cart pulling. Dogs bred for this work have strong builds and qualities that are needed, strength and determination.

Phalene is not the best breed for drafting purposes.

Fighting Dog / Military Dog
Where Phalene dogs used as fighting / military dogs in history?

Not really

In history, this breed was not really used for combat dog.

Phalene Reproducibility

Gestation Length
How long is a Phalene pregnant?How long does it take to have puppies? How to tell if the Phalene breed is pregnant?

60-64 days

Reproductive cycle of the female Phalene: The first period called Proestrus lasts for about 9 days.

During this time the females start to attract males. You can notice by swelling vulva and bloody discharge.

The second part is the Estrus when the female is receptive for the male. It lasts for about 3 to 11 days.

The sign of the proestrus part is the soft and enlarged vulva. The discharge decreases and lightens in color.

The third part is the Diestrus. Normally, it occurs around day 14. In this period the female’s discharge changes for vivid red and coming to its end. The vulva returns to average, and she will no longer permit mating.

The fourth part called the Anestrus. The time frame between heat periods normally lasts about six months.

Litter Frequency

Once a year.

More frequent breeding is not healthy. It is very important not to buy a dog from a puppy mill, where the needs of the pups and their mothers are ignored. It's an inhumane high-volume dog breeding facility, where puppies born several times a year.
Litter Size
How many puppies can the Phalene have in a litter? How many puppies can the Phalene breed have for the first time? How many puppies does a Phalene have? How many puppies can a Phalene give birth to?
2-4 puppies

Phalene Recognition

AKC Group
Is Phalene recognized by the American Kennel Club?
Not recognized by the American Kennel Club.
FCI Group
Is Phalene recognized by the Fédération Cynologique Internationale (FCI)?
Not recognized by FCI.

Phalene Pros and Cons

  • Intelligent Rank: Outstanding: Phalene is one of the brightest dog breeds.
  • Trainability: Phalene dogs are easy to train.
  • Shedding Level: Phalene dogs shed none to minimal.
  • Drooling Tendency: The Phalene is a perfect example of a very low drooling tendency.
  • Impulse to Wander or Roam: Phalene dogs are not the biggest explorers.
  • Adaptability: Phalene dogs adapt very well to lifestyle changes and basically all living environments.
  • Child Friendly: Phalene dogs are kid-friendly dogs.
  • Cat Friendly: Phalene dogs are very cat-friendly dogs.
  • Senior Citizens Friendly: Phalenes are usually recommended for elderly people.
  • Good For First Time Owners: Phalene dogs are good for novice owners, due to their easy-going personality.
  • Hypoallergenic: Phalene dogs don't do well with allergy sufferers by causing allergic reactions.
  • Tolerates Being Left Alone: Phalene dogs tend to have separation anxiety when their owners left them alone at home because they bond very closely with them.
  • Dog Friendly: Phalene dogs are not the most dog-friendly dogs.
  • Office Friendly: Phalene is not the best dog breed for office environment.

Phalene History

The Phalène is the earliest form of the Papillon, which is a toy dog breed. Both of these varieties can occur in the same litter. The Phalène made its first appearance in the 16th until when the erect-eared variety of the Papillion was not even documented. From the mid-1500s, the Phalène was portrayed in numerous paintings, particularly in portraits of the wealthy by their students or their Old Masters.

Spain, Belgium, Italy, and France have all been credited with the development of the “Butterfly Dogs”. Phalènes were originally bred to be charming and attentive companions for noblewomen, and for hundreds of years, these enchanting lap warmers were famously the favorites in the royal courts and the glorious mansions all around Europe. The breed appears in many portraits of long-ago queens and princesses painted by Europe’s most well-known painters. Toulouse-Lautrec, Rembrandt, Rubens, and Goya are among the artists who included the Phalène or the Papillons in their paintings. Phalènes are thought to be developed in the Renaissance times by crossing existing toy breeds with spaniels. The breed’s earliest ancestors were known as dwarf spaniels in accordance with the era’s mania among nobles for miniaturized versions of their most fancied breeds. Thanks to the sporting-spaniel in the Phalène’s DNA, the breed is among the more athletic and biddable toy dogs in the canine kingdom. The breed’s French connection was strongly built because of admirers like Louis XIV, Madame de Pompadour, and Marie Antoinette whose Phalène, named Thisbe, stood faithfully outside the prison where the hapless queen awaited beheading. Although it was in the early breeding centers of Spain and Italy where the Phalène and the Papillon were refined and popularized.

After the turn of the 19th century, the Phalène gained more popularity. By the 20th century command, Papillon’s popularity had far outstripped that of the Phalène’s, which sank low enough into obscurity to become extinct. the breed had fanciers and eventually did not slip into extinction. The AKC (American Kennel Club) registered the breed in 1915. The Phalène is considered a variant of the Papillon in the AKC, where they are registered as Papillons and shown and judged in the same classes. The breed standard is the same with the exception of the dropped ear, which does not sit as low on the head. In countries where clubs follow the guidelines of the FCI, the Phalène is considered a separate breed.

The 21st century is considered as a revival of interest in the Phalène, with its fanciers pointing out that in countries where it is judged together with the Papillon, judges must be familiar enough with the breed standard to recognize the qualities of a well-bred Phalène, and not confuse its dropped ears with those of a semi-erect eared Papillon, which would suggest a conformation fault.

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