The Papillon is named for its most distinctive feature: its large, fringed, butterfly-like ears. (1/15) by Judy Powell October 23, 2020, 2:26 pm Credit Judy Powell 0 Previous 1/15 Next View full list See more Previous article Would you like such a dog? Next article Other than the official distinction in nomenclature between Papillons and Phalenes, the breed has gone by other names and nicknames through the centuries. It’s sometimes called the Butterfly Dog (which is simply an English translation of its true name) or Squirrel Dog. Leave a Reply Cancel replyYour email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *Comment * Name * Email * Website Save my name, email, and website in this browser for the next time I comment.