EASE OF TRAINING •••••••
GOOD WITH KIDS ••••
LIFE SPAN 13-16 YEARS
HEIGHT 8-11 AT SHOULDER
WEIGHT 6 TO 8 POUNDS
USE TODAY COMPANION
The Papillion (pronounced pappy-yawn -- French for butterfly) is rapidly becoming the preferred companion pet. He has been bred to be just that -- the perfect companion.
However, they are tiny, and do not do well with small children. A well-meaning child could fall on a Papillion and seriously injure, or even kill him.
Also, the breed comes with a healthy dose of self-esteem and will defend itself if it feels threatened, mistreated, or harassed.
The same goes for larger dogs: A Papillion will thrive in a home with other Papillions, but larger dogs pose an unnecessary danger and could hurt him.
Papillions love cats.
These little guys are smart, friendly, happy, alert, elegant, and unbelievably devoted. They will need to be by your side at all times. Do not get a Papillion if you enjoy your personal space.
They crave your attention and affection. They do not do well if left alone. Loneliness can result in behaviour issues such as digging, chewing, and even self-mutilation.
Papillons are very sensitive to stress.
They are also very trainable (with the exception of housetraining) and are currently one of the top five breeds in obedience competition. They are the most popular toy breed in the obedience ring.
But they can excel at nearly anything, and are also gifted in agility.
They love to play and are naturally curious. They will throw their toys in your face until you consent to play with them and they will open cabinet doors looking for a snack.
They will also find the tiniest hole in your fence in order to go explore, so be sure your fence is secure! They love to play outdoors. Papillons usually act like puppies for their whole lives.
They love to cuddle and watch TV, go for walks, go for rides, and anything else you are doing.
They also love to bark. They have a strong instinct to protect their property and many will bark excessively at noises they deem to be suspicious. Their barking is often difficult to control.
The Papillion is the most intelligent and easiest to train of all dog breeds! He learns new commands quicker than any other breed, which makes him very easy to train.
Parti-colour, which means white with patches of any colour. Symmetrical facial markings and a white blaze and noseband preferable
Abundant, long, fine, silky, flowing, straight with no undercoat. A profuse frill on chest and well-fringed ears.
The medium-length coat of the Papillon only requires an occasional brushing. But because he sheds you may find yourself brushing him once or twice a week to remove loose hair. (What you get out with a brush doesn't fall out in your home!)
Daily grooming is best; shedding is noticeable
Large households may overwhelm him
Too fragile for roughhousing
His fragility combined with his energy can be difficult for some owners to manage