Breed of the Month–Papillon

2October 2010


Color:  White with any patches of color except liver, tricolor
Height:  8-11 inches
Weight:  Two categories: 1) both sexes less than 5.5 lbs, 2) Males:  5.5-10 lbs/ Females:  5.5-11 lbs
Life Span:  13-16 years

Breed Health Concerns:  Patellar luxation.

Coat:  Single coat, straight, silk, fine, long, flowing.
Country of Origin:  France

Visit the American Kennel Club for breed standards and more information.

Papillons are descended from toy-sized spaniels.  Erect ears replaced the drop ear look for this breed in the late 1800s.  The Papillon is small enough that many people enjoy taking them everywhere, and have done so for centuries.  This breed is adept at tracking, agility, and obedience.

Papillon need lots of socialization from puppy to adulthood.  Although you may be surprised to hear this, but Papillons are not generally a yappy or barky dog by nature.  Although this breed has very high energy, he is easily trained in all sorts of different ways.

Papillons are very easy to fall in love with because of their small size and cute, fluffy coat.  Many people will find your pet of interest in you add this breed to your family, and therefore socialization of this breed tends to come quite naturally.

Although the Papillon enjoys the occasional cuddle, he is very energetic and needs regular daily exercise.  The Papillon is athletic and enjoys being part of outdoor family activities.

Because the Papillon has no undercoat, the breed sheds very little to no hair.  The coat is easy to care for and does not require any extra special grooming or trimming.  Occasional bathing is sufficient.

The Papillon is a very versatile dog that enjoys many different activities.  Motivational training and positive reinforcement make training this breed an ease.  The Papillon must be well socialized.