USD $300-$500 Price Avg.

Companion Dogs



Breed Type



13-16 years


Breed Information

Group Companion Dogs
Popularity/Rank 434
Origin Spain France Belgium
Other Names Continental Spaniel, Continental Toy Spaniel, Dwarf Spaniel, Epagnuel Nain, Phal, Squirrel Dog, Toy Spaniel
Breed Type Purebred
Price (Avg.) USD $300-$500
How much does it cost to purchase a Phalene?
The price of a Phalene will vary from breeder to breeder as well as from place to place. As a rough guide, you should expect to pay between $300 to $500 per Phalene if you purchase from a reputable breeder. Prices will be higher for show-quality dogs with a distinguished pedigree. Adult dogs who have already been trained may cost even more. It is usually less expensive to adopt a Phalene through a shelter.
Size Small
Weight Male: 8-10 pounds (4-5 kg),
Female: 7-9 pounds (3-4 kg)
Height Male: 8-11 inches (20-28 cm),
Female: 8-11 inches (20-28 cm)
Lifespan 13-16 years
Recognized by
Not recognized by the American Kennel Club. And Not recognized by FCI.
Purpose Companion
Date of Origin May 10, 2000
Ancestry European Toy Spaniel

Appearance & Maintenance

Coat Feathered
Coat Colors Black, Black & Tan, Black & White, Brown, Red, Silver
Grooming Level
Shedding Level
Eye Color Possibilities Black, Brown, Amber, Hazel, Blue, Green
Nose Color Possibilities Black, Brown, Liver, Red, Blue, Cream
Coat Color Possibilities White, Cream, Fawn, Sable, Black, Blue, Silver, Red, Brindle, Chocolate
Coat Length Short
Coat Density Medium
Coat Texture Smooth
Recommended Brushes Slicker brush, Pin brush, Undercoat rake, Shedding blade, Nail clippers, Grooming scissors
Brushing Frequency Twice a week

Breed Characteristics

Temperament Alert, Cheerful, Energetic, Friendly, Happy, Intelligent, Vigilant
Sensitivity Level
Affection Level
Social Interaction Required
Watchdog Ability
Biting Force Low
Impulse to Wander or Roam
Prey Drive
Tolerates Being Left Alone
Fighting Dog Not really

Good & Friendly with

Apartment Life Friendly
Stranger Friendly
Cat Friendly
Dog Friendly
Office Friendly No
Senior Citizens Friendly
Pet Friendly
Friendly with First Time Owners Yes
Service Dog Not really
Therapy Dog Not really
Detection, Sniffer or Security Dog Not really
Search and Rescue Dog (SAR) Not really
Boat Dog Not really
Cart Pulling or Drafting Dog Not really

Health Elements

Health Issues
Hypoallergenic No
Energy Level
Exercise Required
Sleeping Required
Weight Gain Potential
Weather & Climate Prefers average to warm weather conditions
Stinkiness Medium
Drooling tendency
Activity Level High
Rec. Walk Mileage Per Week 2 miles
Minutes of Activity Per Day 30 minutes

Food & Costing

Avg. Daily Food 1/4 to 1 cup of high-quality dry food a day, divided into two meals.
Cups Per Day 1/2 cup
Daily Cost $10-$20
Monthly Cost $50-$100


Gestation Duration 60-64 days
How often can the Phalene have a litter? Once a year.
Litter Size 2-4 puppies (Once a year.)


The Phalene dog is a small, elegant breed of dog that has been around for centuries. It is a cross between the Papillon and the Spaniel, and it has a unique appearance that sets it apart from other breeds. The Phalene has long, silky fur that can be either white or black in color. Its ears are large and droop down to its cheeks, giving it an almost human-like expression. The eyes are almond-shaped and dark in color, while the muzzle is short and pointed.

The lifespan of the Phalene dog is typically between 12 to 15 years. They usually weigh between 5 to 10 pounds and stand at 8 to 11 inches tall at the shoulder. They come in a variety of colors including white, black, cream, sable, red sable, blue sable, silver sable and more.

The personality of the Phalene dog is friendly and affectionate towards its owners as well as strangers. They are intelligent dogs who love to learn new tricks and commands quickly. They also have an independent streak which makes them great watchdogs as they will alert their owners if something suspicious is happening around them.

Phalene dogs are very friendly with other dogs as well as children and other animals when properly socialized from an early age. They do not do well with rough play or teasing so it’s important for children to be taught how to interact with them properly before introducing them into their home environment.

The temperament of the Phalene dog is generally calm but they can become excitable when playing or when meeting new people or animals for the first time due to their curious nature. This breed loves attention from its owners but can become bored easily if not given enough stimulation throughout the day so regular exercise should be provided on a daily basis in order for them to stay happy and healthy both mentally and physically .

The health of this breed tends to be good overall but there are some conditions that may affect certain individuals such as patellar luxation (slipping kneecaps), eye problems like cataracts or glaucoma , heart murmurs , hip dysplasia , allergies , skin problems , epilepsy , hypothyroidism , luxating patellas (slipping kneecaps) . It’s important for potential owners to research these conditions before bringing home a puppy so they know what signs/symptoms they should look out for during routine checkups with their veterinarian .

When it comes to adaptability level this breed does quite well in most environments provided they get enough exercise on a daily basis . This includes apartment living since they don’t require much space due their small size however regular walks outside will still need to be provided in order for them stay healthy both mentally & physically . As far as benefits go these little guys make great companions due their loving & loyal nature plus they don’t require much grooming which makes them ideal pets even for those who don’t have much time on their hands !


The Phalene is a small, elegant dog with long, drooping ears. It is a descendant of the ancient Roman Molossian dogs and was once known as the "Poor Man's Poodle." The Phalene was popular in France during the 18th and 19th centuries, but its popularity waned after World War I. The breed almost became extinct during World War II, when many French dog breeds were destroyed. The Phalene was saved from extinction by a few dedicated breeders who continued to breed the dogs in secret. After the war, the Phalene became popular again and is now recognized as a distinct breed by most kennel clubs.

The Phalene's ancestors were large, powerful dogs used for hunting and guarding. The Roman Molossian dogs were especially prized for their courage and strength. These dogs were brought to France by the Romans and eventually became known as the French Mastiff or Bordeaux Dog. During the Middle Ages, these dogs were used in bull-baiting and bear-baiting events, which were popular forms of entertainment at that time. In 1809, Napoleon decreed that all dog fighting was to be banned in France. This led to a decline in popularity of the French Mastiff, as it was no longer needed for baiting events.

The Phalene is thought to have originated in Germany or Russia, although its exact origins are unknown. It is believed that the Phalene is a descendant of the German Spitz or Pomeranian. The first recorded mention of the Phalene was in France during the 18th century. At that time, it was known as the "Poor Man's Poodle" because it resembled that breed but was much cheaper to purchase. The Phalene became popular among French nobility during the 18th and 19th centuries.

During World War I, many French dog breeds declined in popularity due to food shortages and economic hardships. After World War II, many French dog breeds were close to extinction due to mass killings of dogs by both sides during the conflict. The Phalene was saved from extinction by a few dedicated breeders who continued to secretly breed them during this time period. After the war ended, interest in the Phalene increased again and it eventually became recognized as a distinct breed by most kennel clubs