Did you know? The phalene is a variation of the papillon dog breed, and, the main distinguishing feature that differentiates the phalene from the papillon is the ears.

The phalene has dropped ears while the papillon has the typical butterfly ears that make this breed so popular. Not many people are familiar with the phalene variety, but it's gradually undergoing a resurgence in popularity.

The American Kennel Club accepts both varieties which are categorized as the same breed.