Papillon Information

Papillon History

The Papillon is known to be one of the oldest dog breeds. The Papillon dates back to 700 years. The Papillon was first found in Europe and was known then as the dwarf spaniel. In later dates the breed was known as the Continental Toy Spaniel. The Papillon was seen in many paintings during the 13th and 15th century. It was featured in art work during the Renaissance period as well. The breed became so well known because of these paintings and was seen all over Italy. The French perfected the breed to be what we see today.

Papillons' Appearance

The Papillon, also known as the Continental Toy Spaniel, is a beautiful little dog. The Papillon is best known for its feather like ears that resemble that of a butterfly. The tail is long and plumed and is carried over the back. The coat of the Papillon is white with patches of color. The nose is well defined and features a white band. The eyes carry a very alert and playful expression and the muzzle is short and pointed. A color, other than white should cover both eyes and ears.

Papillon's Temperament

The Papillon is called the butterfly dog because the ears look like little butterfly wings. The Papillon is a very friendly little dog that looks for affection. They are very smart and enjoy doing tricks. The Papillon is a gentle dog filled with energy and life. They are known to be steady and silent, but love to be cuddled. They seem to be the perfect mix of confidence and affection.

Papillons are fairly easy to train because of their high level of intelligence and can tolerate older children who understand how to treat the breed. Sometimes the breed has been known to be dog aggressive, but with proper socialization and training this can be avoided. The Papillon is known for its patience with cats especially when raised around them since birth.

Papillon's Role

The Papillon is a wonderful choice for a family looking for a companion. The breed is very loving, affectionate, smart and, confident as well. They would be well suited for an individual looking for a friend to play with as well as a large family, just as long as the children in the home understand how to treat an animal in the home. The Papillon is a breed that truly can be loved by all young and old.

Papillon Characteristics

Grooming Requirements

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Energy

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Friendliness

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Training Aptitude

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Affection

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Ease of Training

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Intelligence

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Shedding

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Watchdog Ability

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Guard Dog Ability

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Popularity

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Size

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Agility

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Friendly with Kids

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Exercise Requirements

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Friendly with Dogs

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Friendly with Other Pets

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Cold Tolerance

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Heat Tolerance

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