Papillon

The Papillon, also know as Epagneul Nano Continental, dates back to the 1600s. These little dogs were favored among the French aristocracy. By the 1900s, the papillon became a popular participant in the dog show rings of France. Success swiftly followed the dainty dog to the show ring circuits of England and the United States. In 1915, the American Kennel Club recognized the papillon as a member of the toy group.

The Papillon is tiny and delicate breed with butterfly ears and an abundant coat with silky. This dog breed has a soft hair that needs regular attention. Personality: The Papillon is one of the sweetest and more obedient among the dog breeds. It's very friendly towards children, as well as gentle and playful. It needs some daily exercise in the form of a short walk or romp. Its friendly towards other dogs and strangers. Some of them are shy or timid.

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Breed Type
Pure
Origin
Europe
Group
Function
Life Span
13-18 Years
Hypoallergenic
No
Other Names
Butterfly dog, Pap, Continental Toy Spaniel, Epagneul Nain Continental, Phalene, Epagneul Nano Continental, Papillon

Papillon Build Information

Size
Toy
Length (Male)
8-12 in.
Length (Female)
8-10 in.
Weight
< 14 lbs
Litter Size
1 - 3 Puppies
Tail Dock or Crop
No
Preferred Climate
Any Climate

The tiny papillon stands at a height of 8 to 10 inches tall at the shoulder and weighs 3 to 12 pounds. The papillon's trademark is its ears, which stand erect, and the feathering on the ears fans outward to resemble butterfly wings. The phalene papillon is a papillon variation with ears that do not stand upward; they drop downward instead. The coat is long, straight and silky, and it is typically white with markings of any color other than liver.

These markings include a mask that wraps around both ears and across the eyes.

The plumed tail curves upward over the dog's back. The Papillon is tiny and delicate breed with butterfly ears and an abundant coat with silky. This dog breed has a soft hair that needs regular attention.

Behaviour and Personality

Kid Friendliness
Affection Level
Activity Level
Energy Level
Independant
Good to Other Pets
Dominating or Submissive?
Guardian Skills
Barking
Aggressiveness Level

The papillon is an outgoing, lively and playful little dog. Its gentle and patient nature makes it an excellent companion for the elderly. The papillon does well in an apartment setting as long as it receives daily walks and plenty of indoor play time. Keep in mind, however, that papillons are not shy about barking. They are alert and territorial watchdogs. They get along with cats, but their delicate physique makes them a poor choice for young children and larger dogs.

Although they are intelligent and easy to train for most obedience commands and tasks, housebreaking can pose a challenge in some papillons.

The Papillon is one of the sweetest and more obedient among the dog breeds. It's very friendly towards children, as well as gentle and playful. It needs some daily exercise in the form of a short walk or romp. Its friendly towards other dogs and strangers. Some of them are shy or timid.

Appearance

Colors
Parti-color
Shedding
Moderate
Grooming
Medium Maintenance
Coat Type
Feathered

The silky coat of a papillon requires combing or brushing two to three times a week to prevent the hair from tangling and matting. Since papillons have a propensity for developing periodontal disease, it is essential to brush the teeth daily to remove plaque before tartar accumulates. Periodontal disease adversely affects oral and overall health.

Breed's Talents and Facts

Training
Hard
Hunting Companion
No
Jolly for Jogging
No
Sighting Capabilities
No
Ideal for Tracking
No
Retrieving Skills
No
Pointing Breed
No
Herding Skills
No
Dutiful Watchdog
Yes
Security Guard Capable
No
Police Performer
No
Wet Water rescues
No
Assist Disable Owners
No
Dog Sledding
No
Able to Perform Dog Carting
No
Agile/Zippy
Yes
Fun with Lure Coursing
No
Obedient
Yes
Possible Schutzhund Work
No
Trainable for Tricks
Yes
  • For a lively, affectionate and playful little dog, consider the charms and cuddling potential of the papillon
  • The papillon was developed in France
  • Papillon is the French word for butterfly
  • The papillon is also called a butterfly dog, a pap, a continental toy spaniel, an epagneul nain continental and a phalene
  • The papillon is an energetic, playful and intelligent little dog
  • The papillon stands 8 to 11 inches tall and weighs 3 to 12 pounds
  • Papillons have high energy levels
  • Papillons require moderate grooming
  • The average lifespan for a papillon is 13 to 17 years

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Common Health Conditions in Papillons

Papillons live average lifespans of 13 to 17 years. Some health concerns to be aware of in the papillon include patellar luxation, dental disease, tracheal collapse, hypoglycemia and open fontanel.

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