Papillon Dog Breed Information

Papillon Quick Facts
Breed Group: Toy
Origen: France
Nickname: Butterfly Dog, Squirrel Dog (due to tail carriage)
Weight: 9-10 lbs
Height: 8-11 inches
Color(s): White with patches of any color

Papillon Appearance

The Papillon is a small fine-boned little and attractive dog. The muzzle is somewhat short, thin tapering to the nose. Its gait is quick, easy and graceful. They had round eyes with an innocent expression. The most distinctive aspect of the papillon is its large ears that are very large and butterfly-like.

They have a long tail that is carried arched over the body. The coat is basically white with patches of a variety of colors. The weight of the Papillon is around 9-10 pounds; and the height around 8-11 inches.

Papillon Temperament

The Papillon is one of the brightest and most trainable of the toys; he learns very quickly and responds eagerly to positive training. Papillons are considered a highly intelligent breed, often being ranked in the top ten dog breeds for intelligence. It is a friendly, intelligent dog that is tougher than it looks, and loves outdoor exercise.

Most of them are not aggressive, polite with strangers and good with children and other family pets. The Papillon is affectionate, gentle, patient, and arrogant. They can be highly protective of their owners, especially in the presence of larger dogs, but a well-socialized dog will not bite; under stress the papillon will instead bark loudly and impatiently run around.

Is Papillon the Right Dog Breed for You?

The Papillon can be trained to a high level of obedience and loves to exercise. He enjoys a daily walk on leash as well as challenging games indoor or out. But is not suited to live outdoors and is not recommended to live with very young children.

Papillons are not well suited for living in an apartment because they have a strong instinct to protect their property, and many will bark excessively at nearby noises.

Papillon Life expectancy

The life expectancy of the Papillon is around 12-15 years.

Papillon Health problems

The Papillon is a relative healthy breed. Some concerns are patellar luxation, eye problems, heart problems, liver disorders, seizures, allergies, PRA (Progressive Retinal Atrophy) and is sensitivity to drugs and chemicals.

Papillon Care and Grooming

The Papillon is considered to be a "wash and wear" breed and does not require excessive grooming. Papillons donít like cold weather and should wear a sweater in winter. Its coat needs brushing twice weekly. You will need to increase this during the periods when he is shedding more heavily. These dogs are usually clean and odorless. Use dry shampoo occasionally and bathe only when necessary.

Papillon Shedding

The Papillon is an average shedder and therefore is not well suited for allergy suffers.