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Description: The Papillon is a small, friendly, elegant Toy dog of fine-boned structure, light, dainty and of lively action. Their body is slightly longer than their tail and their heads are small with a thick tapered muzzle. They are distinguished from other breeds by their beautiful ears. Papillons' ears can be either erect like butterfly wings (hence the name Papillon, which is French for butterfly) or dropped (Phalene, meaning night moth). The Papillon is very devoted to their masters, with a hearty spirit, making them desirable for show or companionship. Papillons hardy and usually long lived. They adapt to almost any climate and are comfortable in an apartment as well as the country. They make good travelers. They love to be with their family. They are friendly, happy and eager to please. The Papillon is excited, enthusiastic and eager to make new friends. They are playful and fun-loving. The Papillon ranks number one among Toy Dogs in obedience.
Other Names: Continental Toy Spanial, Epagneul Nain (dwarf spaniel), Phalene (drop eared), Butterfly Dog, Le Chien Ecureuil (Squirrel Dog)
Type: Companion Dog
8 - 11 inches.
From pale lemon and white to rich shades of red, chestnut, and
deep mahogany over a white background. Tricolors and black and white
are also common colors.
The Papillon is friendly and alert. They act like they are big dogs,
but in a little body. They are cheerful, enthusiastic, intelligent and
obedient. Papillons are hardy, confident, energetic, and outgoing. They
are excited to make new friends, but can be slightly timid with new
people. Papillons are adaptable to many situations and easy to travel
with. They get along well with other pets and children, but are not
afraid to challenge bigger dogs.
These dogs are very alert and will bark to let their owners know what
is going on.
Care and Training:
Weekly brushing of the Papillon's coat is needed. Trimming of the pads
of their feet to prevent splaying of the feet. Nail trimming and teeth
cleaning should be preformed on a regular basis. Minimal bathing is
required. The Papillon can obtain their exercise indoors, but love to
take walks outside. Younger Papillons have been know to participate
in "Frapping", which is frenetic random activity periods. Some puppies
do this by making figure eights inside the house when they are very
excited or happy.
Activity: Low -
Health Issues: Usually very healthy. Some problems with inadequate tear production, PRA (Progressive Retinal Atrophy), luxating patellas and liver shunt.
Life Span: 13 -
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