THE PHALENE EAR WHILE MOVING
and flip the ear back into its natural position. The heavier the ear fringe the less likely it is that the ears will flip because the weight of the fringes will help to keep the ear in its natural position.” The next time you are at the shows, watch Papillons and Pha- lenes gait around the ring. Notice the movement of the ear flowing back. Even the short video of the Papillon on the AKC website shows a dog gaiting with ears moving backwards. EARS do move in travel, both Papillon and Phalene!
Pearl George, famous for her many BIS Kvar Papillons and for helping to spark the current revitalization of the Phalene, stated it very well in her article in Pap Talk , February 2007, Volume 42, Issue 2: “The correct Phalene ear has a slight rise where the ear leather joins the skull, but then falls gently down the side of the head. The Phalene ear has mobility just as the erect ear does, but the movement is differ- ent. The Papillon ear will move back and forth in the upright position. The Phalene ear will sometimes be pulled back towards the dog’s neck or even pulled slightly forward, but still hanging. When moving, the ear leather, which is light, may waft slightly—it has a fluttering type motion, but this does not translate into the ear going into an erect posi- tion. When the Phalene is standing, the ear should automatically drop back into the full down position. It can happen that the ear is thrown up. But when that happens, the ear will fold back upon itself. When this happens, it is not a problem; the exhibitor should just reach down
Below is the link to the video on AKC: https://www.akc.org/expert-advice/lifestyle/4-papillon-characteristics/ Feb. 6, 2017... Watch our video on this breed! Papillon—AKC Dog Breed Series.
(This article has been updated as of August 22, 2020)
ABOUT ANDREA MELOON, RN It wasn’t until 1986, after the loss of our family dog of 12 years, that my husband and I began looking at purebred dogs. I fell in love with the Aki- ta, and over the course of 12 years bred several champions, including the 1996 Akita National Specialty winner, AKC CKC CH Moto-Yori’s Marko No Inaka. My fourth Akita litter, I bred Moto-Yori’s Cover Girl Dotti, CD. “Dotti” became the 1994 Delta Society Guide Dog of the Year. With the collaboration of a very good friend, Bill Bobrow, our combined obedience training with Dotti earned her acceptance into the Pilot Dog’s School for the Blind. Dotti graduated in two months as a certified guide dog for Dr. Jeffery Fowler, a medical cardiologist I had worked with at the time. It was during my active participation and work in Obedience from 1988 to 1994 that I fell in love with the Papillon.
My first Papillon Club of America (PCA) National was in 2003, and shortly thereafter I bought our first companion. “Mollie” was ours to spoil, love, and learn the behavior of the Papillon. We were hooked. I returned to the dog show world in 2004, and that same year became a member of PCA. I have volunteered in the PCA Genetic’s Committee since 2005, and by 2014 became Chairperson of the PCA Genetic Research Committee. In 2010, I asked my best friend, Cheryl Maass, if she wanted to partner as one kennel and join forces under the name of Andali Papillons and Phalenes. Since that time, we have worked together, concentrating as Preservationist Breeders for the Phalene. We have bred multiple Papillon and Phalene champions, Group-winning dogs, and BISS winners. In 2020, we had the #5 All-Breed Papillon (Phalene) and currently the #6 All- Breed and Breed Papillon (Phalene) for 2021. The Phalene has been seen in old world painting’s since the 14th and 15th Century. Even today, traveling around the world for dog shows, we still take time to visit art museums to find the ancestors of our breed as depicted in old world art. ABOUT CHERYL CONLEY-MAASS Around 20 years ago, my husband, Mark, and I acquired our first Papillon as a family pet. Smitten with the breed’s charismatic personality, in - telligence, athleticism, and graceful beauty, we were hooked on the breed and we knew we had to get another one. The second time, we opted to look at local breeders and found a nice female from a breeder in Indianapolis. She told us we really should look into showing our new little Papillon, and how fun showing dogs was. We took her up on her advice. Mark started out showing our Papillon, but decided it wasn’t for him. Well, I was very interested as I loved the excitement of competition and the friendships that developed between the show folks. Soon after I’d started showing dogs in the Midwest, Mark’s job transferred him to Arizona. It was there, in Phoenix, that I met up with my new best friend, Andrea “Andi” Meloon. We soon discovered that we had so much in common—we certainly must be sisters! Andi turned out to be a fabulous mentor and I became consumed obtaining knowledge in breeding and showing Papillons. In 2010, we just knew we were meant to be partners, and I joined Andi in partnership of Andali Papillons & Phalenes. I had been introduced to the rare Phalene by Pearl George and Mary Jo Loye when I lived in the Midwest, but Andi really kindled my interest. My first love of Phalenes was cemented by the beautiful La Ren Let The Good Times Roll, “Ray.” We knew we had to do something in the US to preserve and promote this lovely foundation of the Papillon breed. Through my membership in the Papillon Club of America and volunteerism on the National Genet- ics Committee of PCA, we’ve been able to promote the austere beauty of the Phalene and make its presence more prominent than ever. Andali Papillons & Phalenes has produced multiple Papillon and Phalene AKC champions, Group-winning, and BISS winners. We currently own the #6 Breed and All-Breed Papillon (Phalene) for 2021. Andi and I have enjoyed traveling to Europe to promote the Phalene, and plan to do so again in the future. We’ve mentored and continue to introduce new folks to the breed and to Phalenes. I’m so proud of our accomplishments and new friends. What a wonderful sport!
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