The Papillon Dog is a gentle pet. Here is your informative A-list of Papillon. The Papillon is also known as Phalène (drop ear type), Continental Toy Spaniel or Epagneul Nain Continental. The nickname of Papillon Dog is butterfly dog or squirrel dog. This Papillon dog breed was originated from Europe about seven centuries ago. Papillon Dogs are one of the oldest dog breeds. Papillon Dogs were used to be companion pet for royal families in Europe. They were appeared in Italian paintings as far back as the 15th century. The original name was dwarf spaniel or epagneul nain and they used to have large drooping ears. The dog was renamed as Papillon by the French. It means butterfly in French language. The Papillon was recognized by American Kennel Club (AKC) in 1915. Today, Papillon is a little charming family pet.

Facts about Papillon Dog

  • Temperament – The Papillon is affectionate, charming, energetic, friendly, lively, loyal, obedient, patient and steady. They are devoted to the family. Papillon dogs are able to get along with children and other pets if they are raised with them. They are a big dog in a little package; they are tougher than their look. They like outdoor activities and perform small tricks. They are a great jumper and they love to be cuddled by owner. Papillon puppies need early socialization and obedience training during the puppyhood to prevent dog behavior problems as separation anxiety, high-strung or timid. They can adapt different environment well and they are a wonderful travel companion.
  • Appearance – The Papillon Dog has an elegant and small fine-boned body. They have a small head and they come with a pair of medium-sized dark round eyes with black rims. They have a pair of large erect ears with rounded tips. The small nose is black and slightly flat on top. The neck is in medium length. They have a short muzzle which tapering to the nose. Their teeth are close in a scissors bite. The chest is in medium deep and the ribs are well sprung. They have slender legs and the feet are elongated. The front legs are straight whereas the hind legs are well developed. They have a plumped tail which set high and curl over their back. The Papillon Dog has a long, silky and flowing single coat. Extra frill can be found on chest, ears, back of the front legs or the hind legs above the hocks.

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Papillon Dog Breed Information

Size Small
Height 20-28 cm (male and female)
Weight 4 -5 kg (male and female)
Colour White with patches with any color
Group Toy Breed Dog
Life Span 12 -15 years
Litter Size Average 2 – 4 puppies
Exercise Ability Daily walk is needed. Let them romp or play around at fenced yard
Grooming Requirements Daily brushing and combing is needed. This breed is an average shedder
Environment Indoor
Barking Average
Recognition CKC, APRI, DRA, UKC, NKC, AKC, ACR, FCI, KCGB, ANKC, NZKC

The common health issue for Papillon is prone to cataracts, patella luxation and Von Willebrands disease.

If you are interested in this dog breed, you may search for Papillon puppies for adoption from Papillon Dog rescue or look for Papillon Dogs for sale from Papillon Dog breeders.

Papillon Dog