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Portions of  Papillon Standards referencing ears

(As a reference we have provided portions of different kennel clubs Papillon/Phalene standard that would be pertinent information in regards to the Phalene ears)
American Kennel Club
Ears The ears of either the erect or drop type should be large with rounded tips, and set on the sides and toward the back of the head.
(1) Ears of the erect type are carried obliquely and move like the spread wings of a butterfly. When alert, each ear forms an angle of approximately 45 degrees to the head. The leather should be of sufficient strength to maintain the erect position. 
(2) Ears of the drop type, known as the Phalene, are similar to the erect type, but are carried drooping and must be completely down. Faults-Ears small, pointed, set too high; one ear up, or ears partly down.
Skull The head is small. The skull is of medium width and slightly rounded between the ears. A well-defined stop is formed where the muzzle joins the skull.
Ears well fringed, with the inside covered with silken hair of medium length.
Faults-Ears small, pointed, set too high; one ear up, or ears partly down.
Danish FCI standard for The Continental Toy Spaniel - Papillon & Phalène.
EARS The ears of either the erect or drop type should be large with rounded tips, and set on the sides and toward the back of the head. (1) Ears of the erect type are carried obliquely and move like the spread wings of a butterfly. When alert, each ear forms an angle of approximately 45 degrees to the head. The leather should be of sufficient strength to maintain the erect position. (2) Ears of the drop type, known as the Phalène, are similar to the erect type, but are carried drooping and must be completely down.
Skull The head is small. The skull is of medium width and slightly rounded between the ears. A well-defined stop is formed where the muzzle joins the skull.
Ears well fringed, with the inside covered with silken hair of medium length. 
Faults-Ears small, pointed, set too high; one ear up - one down, or ears partly down.
FCI CONTINENTAL TOY SPANIEL (Epagneul nain continental)
EARS : Quite fine but firm. Whether it is the oblique ear or the hanging ear, when examined by hand, the cartilage must not end in too sharp a point. The ears are set on rather far back on the head, sufficiently apart one from the other, so as to reveal the slightly rounded shape of the skull.
A.Variety with hanging ears, called : Phalène :
The ear at rest is set high, considerably higher than the eye line, carried hanging and yet quite mobile. Garnished with wavy hair which may reach quite a length which gives the dog a pretty appearance.
B.Variety with erect ears, called : Papillon :
The ear is set on high, the auricle (external ear) well open and turned to the side; the inner edge of the ear forming an angle of approx. 45o with the horizontal. In no case must the ear point upwards, which would be like a Spitz type ear and must definitely be rejected. The inside of the auricle is covered with fine hairs, also wavy. The longest hairs extending slightly beyond the edge of the ear; the outer face, on the contrary, is covered with long hair forming hanging fringes extending well beyond the edges of the ear. Cross breeding of the two varieties often produce semi-erect ears, with drooping tip; this mixed form of ear carriage is a serious fault.
 U.K. Papillon Standard
When erect they are carried obliquely like the spread wings of a butterfly, hence the name. When the ears are completely dropped this type is known as the 'Phalene' (Moth).
Ears- Very large, mobile with rounded tips, heavily fringed; set towards back of head far enough apart to show slightly round shape of skull. Leather firm but fine. When erect each ear should form an angle of approximately 45 degrees to head.

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