About the Breed

The Papillon is a small-sized dog breed, known for its long, fringed ears and luxurious coat. It is an active, friendly breed that loves to play and interact with its human family. Paps are suitable for many different types of owners, from novice to experienced; they are intelligent and easy to train. With a long history as companion animals, the Papillon makes an ideal pet for those looking for a devoted and loyal friend. History The Papillon has been around since the 16th century when it was popular for European royalty. The breeds name comes from the French word papillon which means butterfly a reference to its large ears that resemble butterfly wings when they are erect. Over the centuries, this little dog has been used as both a companion animal and show dog in various parts of Europe. It has also become popular in North America due to its intelligence and glamorous good looks. Temperaments Paps are bright, alert little dogs with friendly personalities that make them great companions. They enjoy spending time with their people and love nothing more than curling up on their lap or playing fetch in the backyard. Paps are also quite independent which can make them difficult to train at times; however, they can be taught basic commands such as sit or stay fairly easily if done consistently over time. In addition to being loyal companions, Paps can be quite vocal barking or yapping at strangers or other animals that enter their space so it is important for owners to provide proper socialization training early on in order to avoid any issues later on down the line. Health & Weight Papillons typically weigh between five and nine pounds when fully grown (the average weight being seven pounds). They have relatively healthy lives with an average life expectancy of 12-16 years; however there are certain health concerns associated with this breed such as eye problems like cataracts or glaucoma, allergies due to their long hair coats, heart murmurs and hip dysplasia which should be monitored by your veterinarian regularly throughout your pups lifetime. Important Health Checks It is important that all Papillons receive regular health checkups from your veterinarian throughout their lifetime in order ensure they remain healthy into old age; this includes yearly vaccinations against common canine diseases such as rabies etc., regular dental cleanings/checkups (as early detection of periodontal disease can help prevent further problems down the line), regular examinations of eyes/ears/skin etc., parasite control (heartworm prevention etc.), nutrition advice (what type of food works best for your pup's individual needs) etc.. Additionally you should also monitor your pup's weight being overweight can lead to many health concerns including joint pain/problems so it's important you feed them according appropriate amounts according to their size/activity level etc.. Who Is The Breed Ideal For? The Papillon is an ideal companion pet who loves nothing more than spending time cuddling up on his human's lap or playing games outdoors - making them great additions to families looking for a devoted friend! However due do their neediness they may not be best suited for those individuals who work long hours away from home all day every day as these pups thrive best when surrounded by people who have plenty of time available for quality bonding activities! Furthermore these dogs require consistent training so novice owners may find themselves struggling if they don't have prior experience in teaching basic commands - however if you're willing put forth some effort towards learning how effectively train these little guys then you'll find yourself rewarded with an exceptionally well-mannered pup! The Papillon is a small but mighty breed that has been gaining popularity over recent years due in part because of its intelligence, good looks and devotion towards its human family members! While these pups may require some extra effort when it comes training - especially if you're new owner - overall they make exceptional pets who will repay your loyalty tenfold! As always it's important remember utilize proper veterinary care throughout pup's lifetime including annual exams/vaccinations plus monitoring any potential health concerns like allergies or hip dysplasia so you can ensure he stays fit happy into old age!

Healthy weight:

7 to 10 lbs.

Recommended Food

Small breed dog food such as Royal Canin or Hills Science Diet

Breed Colors

  • White & Tan
  • White & Black
  • White & Brown
  • White & Red
  • Black & Tan
  • Black & White
  • Black & Brown
  • Black & Red
  • Brown & Tan
  • Brown & White
  • Brown & Black
  • Brown & Red
  • Silver & White
  • Silver & Black

Ideal for owners that

  • Patient
  • Loving
  • Active
  • Attentive
  • Experienced with Dogs
  • Able to Commit Time to Training

Health Considerations

  • Skin allergies
  • Luxating patella
  • Epilepsy
  • Hip Dysplasia
  • Heart Murmurs
  • Collapsed Trachea
  • Eye Problems

This breed may be cute, but these are some of their common health issues to be aware of.

Temperment & Skills


papillon's on Fetch Fido