Dog Profiles - Description of Papillon


Description: The Papillon is a small, friendly, elegant Toy dog of fine-boned structure, light, dainty and of lively action. He is distinguished from other breeds by his beautiful butterfly-like ears. Paps are very devoted to their masters, with a hearty spirit making them desirable for show or companionship. Papillons are hardy and usually long lived. They adapt to almost any climate and are comfortable in an apartment as well as the country. They are good travelers. They love to be with their family. They are friendly, happy and eager to please. They rank the number one Toy Dog in obedience.

Height: 8-11 inches.

Weight: 3-9 lbs.

Colors: From pale lemon and white to rich shades of red, chestnut, deep mahogany. Tri's and black and white.

Coat: No undercoat. Long, abundant, flowing and silky in texture.

Temperament: Friendly, alert. Good with children, except small children. Good with cats and small dogs, but may challenge bigger dogs. Very good watch-dog. Very poor guard-dog.

Care and Exercise: Weekly brushing of the coat. Trimming of the pads of their feet. Minimal bathing. Can obtain his exercise indoors, but loves to take walks outdoors.

Training: Very high in obedience, high in problem solving.

Activity: Moderate

Living Environment: Does well in apartments, but loves outdoors.

Health Issues: Usually very healthy. Some problems with inadequate tear production, progressive retinal atrophy and patella's.

Life Span: 13-16 years

Litter Size: 2-4

Country of Origin: France

History: A very old breed dating back to the fourteenth century where he was know as the Continental Toy Spaniel. The CTS had typical Spaniel ears, (hanging down on the sides of his head). Today the drop eared Papillon is known as the Phalene (meaning night moth). Appeared in the United States close to the 19th Century where the erect eared became more common.

Registration: ACA, AKC, ANKC, CKC, FCI (Group 9), KC,(GB), UKC