Papillons are happy and alert dogs who live to please their owners. They like to approach life with a take-charge attitude, in stark contrast to their diminutive stature.
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The Ultimate Papillon Guide
The Papillon is a descendant of toy spaniels from the 16th century, and is a highly-active breed that excels at obedience and agility competitions.
12 to 16 years
4 to 9 pounds
20 to 27 cm
Papillons require regular brushing of their fine, silky hair to keep it free from tangles. Apart from that, they’re wash-and-go dogs and don’t typically require much grooming.
Paintings from the early 16th century depict tiny toy spaniels with drop ears that bear some resemblance to the hunting spaniels of the era. This breed, called the Phalène, would make appearances throughout France, Spain and the Low Countries.
Phalène dogs with erect ears slowly started appearing in the 17th and 18th century, and breeders started developing this variant.
Eventually breeders succeeded in creating stable lines of Phalène dogs with erect ears. The breed was called the Papillon due to its resemblance to a butterfly.
The Papillon’s popularity continues to rise as it has repeatedly shown its suitability for obedience and agility competitions.
Yes, Papillons can be wonderful family pets who bond very well with their owners and family members. Due to their small size, it’s recommended that they only join families with older children.
Common Health Issues & Considerations
Papillons may suffer from:
Nature / Temperament
Loving, Playful, Lively, Alert, Intelligent
Papillons are adaptable to almost any living situation. They tend to be active even indoors, and they thrive on stimulation.
While they are well-suited to apartment living, they can live in any size of home. Papillons love exercising outdoors and will run free if given the opportunity.
● Papillons are sensitive to anaesthesia and any veterinarian treating them should know this information.
● Some Papillons can have a high self-esteem despite their size, and will not back down when challenged.
● Papillon puppies for sale may cost a significant amount since a Papillon will only give birth to one to three puppies.
How can I take good care of my Papillon?
Papillon puppies should always be fed high-quality dog food. Even though they are small dogs, they still need enough protein to grow strong muscles. Clean water should be made available at all times.
Like most small breed puppies, Papillons will need multiple small meals throughout the day. You may consult with your vet about your dog’s diet and nutrition, if necessary.
Papillons are generally not very difficult to groom, and most Papillon puppies and adults will need brushing around two to three times a week.
Recommended Grooming Tips
The Papillon’s distinctive ear hairs will require some extra care and attention since they are relatively delicate and may break if brushed too harshly.
Papillons intended for breed competition will need much more time at a professional groomer.
Brush your Papillon’s teeth regularly to prevent tooth and gum diseases, using only a vet-approved toothpaste.
Papillons are both athletic and energetic, and need the stimulation that exercise provides. Around 30 to 40 minutes of exercise a day is sufficient for most Papillons. Papillon puppies may exercise outdoors as well, so long as they are cleared to do so by their veterinarian. Take care not to over-exercise your Papillon puppy before their body is fully developed.
Papillon puppies require a good amount of training so that they do not form bad habits and become poorly-behaved. They are intelligent dogs and can be trained very easily.
Obedience training is a priority for all Papillon puppies. Most Papillon puppies can start their basic training shortly after being taken home from the breeder.
If you are intending to compete with your Papillon puppy, you may choose to enrol them in training classes. If you do, ensure that the training methods are based on positive reinforcement.
If you are looking for a Papillon for sale, it is best if you adopt from ethical, responsible Papillon breeders. Supporting good breeders also supports the health and well-being of the breed. The average cost of Papillon puppies for sale will be between AUD $2000 and $4000. Show Papillons for sale may cost more.