Dani the Daddy
AKC Name:
Daniel's Angel on My Shoulder


This is Dani with his full mature coat.
Photo taken in 2007

It takes about two years to grow the full coat with ear fringes, plume tail, chest mane and leg chaps

Even with lots of color DANI
is a beautiful boy and his puppies
sport his colors - redish browns
with sable black accenting

Dallas Papillon Puppies
D I O R I O * F A M I L Y * P E T S

Josie the Mama
AKC Name: Josie Rules!

JosieRules! FoxyFreckie
the Mama
AKC Name: Freckles Wigglesworth

We have 2 females we breed
- Josie & Freckles -

In 2002 our first 2 Papillons
Dani (@2yrs)
& Josie (@9wks)


Diorio Family Pets
We love our Papillons
and give all our puppies
the attention they need
to become beloved family members.

Feb 23 2013
Josie had one puppy on Christmas Day
'Little Nicki'
Little Nicki 1
Sweet! Classic Papillon face markings.
Tri-color male. Purebred, fiesty, social and loving. 
Raised in a family environment with several other family Papillons. 
Time for Little Nicki to meet his new forever family. 


Little Nicki 2
August 13, 2011:
Freckles had a litter of 3 boys & one girl July 11th.

the Daddy
the Mama

AKC Name: Freckles Wigglesworth

Freckles with her new litter on their 2nd day of life.
We got a couple of photos and then left her alone - she's a very protective mother.

These are the Summer 2011 puppies

We are already beginning to introduce the puppies to dry dog food - they are still
getting some of mama's milk and also puppy replacement milk. They liked the puppy mush
made with replacement milk, but some of them are LOVING the little tiny bites crunchy puppy food.
One of the boys actually climbed on top of the food bowl and was munching like crazy.

One month old, there are just starting to get around well and have started playing with each other
- chewing on each other's legs and the usual puppy stuff. My girl Tiffi is facinated that the puppy
being held close to me in a papoose sling. She loves to play with the pups.


This is a puppy I've started calling Hart because the white marking that runs up his
forehead ends in a heart-shaped marking. He is especially human touch hungry
and has begun whining and crying to be held when it is nap time. I finally gave up and put him in a puppy sling
so i could get him to sleep without stopping what I was doing at the computer. There is always one puppy
that craves human attention a little more than the others at an early age. Hart is the one from this litter.

We believe at the 7 to 8 week point puppies crave
individual human attention and that makes it a perfect time
to begin bonding with a new family.

Some dog breeders insist on hanging on to the puppies for 12+ weeks
The only reason is because they don't trust buyers to get the 2-3 series of puppy shots.
There is no reason why puppies are not ready for families at 2 months.
We trust you with your new dog& believe that the personal attention puppies
begin to need at the 7 to 8 week point makes it the best time to go to their new family.

More pics to come!

Josie the #1 Mama
AKC Name: Josie Rules!


Freckles last litter LITTER WAS BORN DEC 4 2010

12 4 2010 three boys by Freckles Buddy

Previous litters
& some shots of the Diorio Family Papillons

Ziggi is from our December 2009 litter.
Ziggi and Tiffi
Ziggi by Freckles and Dani

His brown will ripen into the red like his older sis above.
The quietest pup of the litter.

Ziggi Sweets

Ziggi enjoying a play day outside with an older sister

Runnin' with the big dogs...

Tiff & Ziggi

Ziggi & Ball

Merry Christmas 2009 Puppies
Went home to new families


Puppies, puppies, puppies.

(photo Nov 14: Girl, Girl, Boy)

Left to Right:The two boys are larger by a smidge than the girls.
All are
medium sized Papillons. Three with the tri-colors of their Daddy Dani
and one with the primarily lemon-red of their mom (without sable accents).
As puppies their colors are much darker than they will be as they mature.

This litter is about 4 weeks having lunch with Mama Freckles.

And the after lunch photo op.


Here they are a week later learning how to eat
as we start the weaning process.
It's a lot of work getting these guys ready to go home with new families.
It is rewarding, but lots of time and attention required.

We are progressing them toward solid dry kibbles
and recommend you feed your dogs dry food
(for firm vs. runny poops!)

Sweet Boy and Cutie girl
He's about a cutie

Diamond marking girl - that ended up being her
AKC registered name Diamond Lil

Ahhhh! Sweet Sleeping Circle

Mom and puppies require a lot of care in those first few weeks of life.
Now they are in the process of being weaned & increasingly eating solid food.

They are getting used to not being around their mom - we had to separate them
otherwise Freckles would let them nurse until they were a year old!

They are being introduced to new suroundings and other dogs - our other Papillons.
One lady who got one of our puppies from a litter in 2007 told me a story of how when
she took her puppy to the vet to get its shots, the puppy saw another Papillon in the
waiting room and ran to it so delighted. But when the puppy got to the other dog, she turned
tail and ran back as hard as she could to her new mom. It looked like her family but it wasn't!
Too cute. That little one was name Diamond Lil.

As with all our litters, we will be available to you
by phone or email if you have questions or need information on your pup.

As of 11/15 none of their ears have started to come up yet -perfectly normal -
although my husband's personal favorite of the pups,
a little girl, is already showing signs that her ears are trying to come up.
The time it takes varies which each dog and depends on things like teething.

We have had one puppy whose ears did not come up until 4 months old.

A 2008 litter by Freckles and Dani who went
to their new homes Valentine's Day week 2008:

Austin and "Ty"
Kim & "Joey" Maddie & "Buddy"

Austin and "Ty" ................Kim and "Joey" ..............Maddie and "Buddy"

Here are some of our Family of Puppies
at different stages of life

Uno Princess

This is big sister, Tiffi, as a puppy in Spring 2008.
Dani the Dad & Freckles the Mom.
Tiffi's ears came up late - about 4 months old but stand up wonderfully.

This is Buddy (left) June 2008 with Sami Burrito,
a brother from a 2006 litter.
Dani the Dad
& Josie the Mom
Buddy's hair is starting to fill out - it takes almost 2 years for full hair growth.
Full bushy, plume in the tail and ear fringes starting to feather out like Sami's.
Buddy and Sami's ears did not ever stand up
Which makes them a rarer verison of the breed

Beautiful and sweet dogs both ways.


Old Master Renaissance Paintings with Papillons
Papillon Club Photo Gallery


Some Other Facts You Might Like to Know About Papillons
General Standards & History in Renaissance Paintings

General Appearance
The Papillon is a small, friendly, elegant toy dog of fine-boned structure, light, dainty and of lively action; distinguished from other breeds by its beautiful butterfly-like ears.

Temperament Happy, alert and friendly. Neither shy nor aggressive.

Size, Proportion, Substance
Size - Height at withers, 8 to 11 inches. Proportion - Body must be slightly longer than the height at withers. Weight is in proportion to height. Substance - Of fine-boned structure.

Abundant, long, fine, silky, flowing, straight with resilient quality, flat on back and sides of body. A profuse frill on chest. There is no undercoat. Hair short and close on skull, muzzle, front of forelegs, and from hind feet to hocks. Ears well fringed, with the inside covered with silken hair of medium length. Backs of the forelegs are covered with feathers diminishing to the pasterns. Hind legs are covered to the hocks with abundant breeches (culottes). Tail is covered with a long, flowing plume. Hair on feet is short, but fine tufts may appear over toes and grow beyond them, forming a point.

The Papillon is a small dog breed with distinctive large, fringed ears that earned it its name, the French word for butterfly. The Papillon is believed to be one of the oldest of the toy breeds. Though known to be reserved with strangers, these dogs can also be protective of a human family member, and are good alarm dogs while still affectionate to those they know. Papillons are very athletic, enjoying running or chasing, but usually enjoy staying indoors.

In recent years, the Papillon has become a small dog star in the sport of dog agility. This sport consists of an obstacle course with tunnels, jumps, A-frames, and narrow bridges that a dog completes at top speed aided only by verbal and body-language commands from a handler. Agility requires the dog to spring, scramble, weave, and turn on a dime. The breed is considered naturally agile, and Papillons compete at both national and international trials. Because many Papillons have intense drive and natural speed, their tiny turning radius gives them an edge over larger dogs, and some Papillons are capable of beating Border Collie speeds on some courses. At the same time, Papillons excel in companionship and lap dog sweepstakes, and take it very seriously.

The History of the Papillon is traced through works of art.
The earliest toy spaniels resembling the Papillon are found in Italy. Tiziano Vicelli (Titian) painted these small dogs in many famous paintings including the Venus of Urbino (1542). Other well known artists who included them in paintings are Watteau, Gonzalez Coques, Fragonard and Mignard. In a painting after Largillierre in the Wallace Collection in London, a Papillon is clearly shown in a family portrait of Louis XIV. Papillons are also in paintings of royal families around Europe and paintings of merchant class families. The breed was popular in France and Belgium which are considered counties of origin by the FCI.

The Papillon and Marie Antoinette

King Henry II allegedly spent upwards of 100,000 crowns on his papillons. Marie Antoinette owned a Phalene, of many believed to be Papillon. This can't be true since all portraits show dogs with drop-ear. Madame de Pompadour and Henry III also had Phalene, who had a very strong devotion to the breed. It is thought that both Marie Antoinette and Madame de Pompadour helped the Papillon become fashionable and they both admired and owned this breed.   

Madame de Pompadour was the mistress of King Louis XIV, and owned Inez and Mimi which were her two pet Papillons.  Marie Antoinette had a Sevres porcelain model of a Phalene (Papillon with drop ears) in her room that was only found after her death.   She was beheaded at the guillotine and her two pet Papillons were looked after by the inhabitants of the house until they died. Her house in Paris, France is known today as ‘The House of the Papillon’.

In France, the City of Lyon in the late 16th century was known for breeding these miniature dogs.
Until the French revolution, Papillon dogs were the most popular breed of dog in the courts in France. In Italy, the Bologna region probably had the largest trade in Papillons, as they sold many of the dogs to the court of Louis XIV.  It was said that they were transported on the back of mules through Spain.

There are many stories about the Papillon. Marie Antoinette was said to have walked to the guillotine clutching her small dog under her arm. Tradition has it that her dog was a small spaniel that had been brought to the English court from Spain on the back of pack mules. According to the story, her pup was spared and cared for in a building in London still called the Papillon House. Marie's small spaniel was said to have descended from a very old drop-eared breed known as the Epagneul Nain Continental, or Continental Dwarf/Toy Spaniel that appeared in church frescos and paintings as early as the 13th century.

The Papillon is still officially referred to as the Epagneul Nain Continental (ENC) in non-English-speaking countries. The name Squirrel Spaniel also has been used, most likely referring to an earlier standard in which the tail set is described as "curling over the back as a squirrel's." One version of the history of the two varieties of ear shape in the ENC ("Papillon" to denote the erect ear and "Phalène" to denote the dropped ear) is that toward the end of the 19th century, breed fanciers bred a version of the spaniel whose ears stood up. This dog was said to have been nicknamed papillon based on the impressively large, erect ears that resembled the wings of a butterfly. The drop-eared variety of the breed came to be called the Phalène (which means "night moth").

Both types are still bred today and appear in the same litter. The Papillon variety is much more common, although recently the Phalène has undergone a resurgence in popularity.