Alfie is a Phalène; a black, tan and white drop eared spaniel.
A Phalène is a sub-breed of Papillon, as Papillon have more upright and alert ears. The breed originates either from France or Spain depending on who you talk to. Alfie is a small dog being around 9 pounds (ish, Christmas time he may be a little more podgy), and he loves to be carried around.
For a small dog he is highly energetic and he can walk a good 5 miles in a day ; if you let him. He is very friendly and lives peacefully with the seven cats he shares his house with, his opinion on the cats though; is another matter entirely!
In all the time we have had Alfie, we have never met another Papillon. Right now I think he feels like Tigger, he is wonderful but sadly the only one! I am sure we will meet one someday.