Thinking about purchasing an Papillon? Then read our breed profile including a brief description, information on height, weight, color, coat, temperament, grooming, activity and history. Purchasing a new puppy is a commitment that may last ten or more years so please educate yourself on the Papillon breed, including all stages of their life from puppy hood to older dog.
Ask yourself will I be a good owner? Do I have the time it takes to train a new puppy? Do I have the resources to give my new dog a rewarding life. Do I have a local veterinarian that I can take my new dog to? Do I have a groomer or can I do the grooming myself on a regular basis. Fundamental requirements for a being a good Papillon owner;
Before making a purchase talk to the breeder, ask them many questions about their dogs and the breed in general. A good breeder will teach you about the Papillon and they will have many questions for you about your home and life style and if this breed is suited for you and your family.
Questions you may want to ask an Papillon Breeder:
It is recommended that you sign a contract with the breeder so that there will be no misunderstandings on the arrangements made. Then bring home your new Papillon and enjoy as "there is no greater love then a dog's devotion."
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
Height: 8 - 11
Colors: 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.
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.
Watch-dog: High. These dogs
are very alert and will bark to let their owners know what is going on.
Papillon 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 - Moderate.
Papillon Health Issues: Usually very healthy. Some problems with inadequate tear production, PRA (Progressive Retinal Atrophy), luxating patellas and liver shunt.
Life Span: 13 - 16 years.
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