The Papillon get their name because their ears look just like butterfly wings. They are lively and absolutely devoted to their owners.

These small dogs are known to be wary of strangers and other unknown dogs unless they are socialised really well from an early age.

Papillon Facts


Exercise Requirements:      3 star rating

Good with Children:             4 star rating

Easy to Train:                        5 star rating

Good Watchdog:                    3 star rating

Low Shedding:                       2 star rating

Good with Other Pets:         4 star rating

Vital Statistics

Size: 20-28 cm (8-11 in)

Weight: 4-4.5 kg (9-10 lb)

Coat: Fine, silky and long without an undercoat

Colour: White with patches or tricolour

Lifespan: 14 years

Special Characteristics

These lovely little dogs love to play and are considered to be alert and lively, they are also described as being friendly and biddable.

Exercise Requirements

These dogs love to play and will burn up a lot of their energy at home doing so. They are considered to have medium exercise requirements with 2 good walks each day being enough to keep them happy and content.

Attitude Towards:

Owners: Are devoted to their owners and will show them lots of affection.

Children: Are really good with children, however they could easily get injured by boisterous children playing.

Other Pets: They are good around other pets including cats.

Strangers: Are wary of strangers unless well socialised.

Other Unfamiliar Dogs: Are good with other unknown dogs if well socialised. Make socialisation part of your training routine from a young age.

What to Watch Out For

These small dogs are known to bark excessively and some might suffer from separation problems. Their silky coat requires daily grooming to prevent mats from forming.

Health Risks

Just three health risks to take note of with this breed including; patellar luxation, eye problems and teeth problems.

Ideal Owner

The perfect owner for the Papillon will be a gentle person who will give the dog lots of affection with plenty of time to spare to play with the dog. These dogs love to exercise and train so an active person would be best suited to this breed.

More Photos

Papillon with white fur with dark brown patches Papillon with white fur and all black ears

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