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Papillon Breed Profile

Papillon fact file

KC Group: toy
Size: small
Good with children?: seek breeder advice
Exercise requirement: little
Good guard dogs?: would bark
Moulting level: medium
Grooming: moderate
Jogging partner: no

The Papillon (French for butterfly) is a small toy breed. Its name is derived from its large butterfly shaped ears and face. These are some of the oldest toy breeds and make very good companions and watch dogs. The Papillion's coat is long and silky with only one layer.

Papillon Character

Owners have often described these tenacious dogs as 'big dogs in little dog suits'. Despite their size, they are capable of walking long distances. This breed is highly energetic and intelligent, reputed to be one of the top ten most intelligent breeds. Despite their size they exhibit surprising athletic ability and perform well in agility competitions.

Papillon Size

Bitch, 20-28cm and weighs 3-4kg. Dog, 20-28cm and weigh approximately 4-5kg.

Papillon Health

Papillons are a very healthy small dog breed with only a few reported cases of: Von Willebrand's disease, Luxating Patella, Mitral Valve Disease, Progressive Retinal Atrophy and reverse sneezing. The most common problems are broken bones from children or larger dogs playing too roughly.

Papillon Special Care

A generally hardy breed, little special care is needed beyond making sure all vaccinations and worming treatments are up to date.

Remember! All breed profiles are general and every dog is an individual.