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Papillon Personality traits and Temperament

Papillon is a precious elegant companion dog of the spaniel type. Being one of the oldest of the toy spaniels, it derived its name from its characteristic butterfly like look of the long and fringed hair on the ears, they are small, but has a very strong adaptability. They are cute, beautiful, little and dainty. The temperament of a papillon is a happy, friendly, adventurous dog. They are not shy or aggressive.

The Papillon is not a good choice if you want a restful dog that doesn’t need much exercise. They are highly intelligent and needs the stimulation of activity and training. Papillons are good housedogs as well as companion dog. Adults ones need two or three 20- to 30-minute walks or playtimes per day. They grow up to be sturdy little dogs, and at the same time they can be fragile, as they could easily break a leg while jumping off the bed or sofa.

They are very intelligent and self-assured dog and have a very easy time learning new tricks. This dog can be sociable with children and strangers. But they are extremely small, and need to be protected from rambunctious children and dogs. They can also be socialized easily to get along well with other pets. If not properly socialized, this dog could be distrustful and exhibit aggressive tendencies toward other dogs and people.

They are very playful and affectionate, known as great companion dogs, they have the spirit and energy to keep up with active families, and they are also excellent watchdogs as they will alert their owners. This breed can withstand heat but is more sensitive to cold temperatures because of their single-coated fur, and should not be left outside unattended in cold weather. 

Grooming, Haircuts and Shedding

Papillon has long silky hair, mostly smooth hair with no undercoat. The characteristic beautiful butterfly-like ears are fringed with hair, and the insides are covered with medium-length silken hair. Feathering covers the backs of the forelegs, and the hind legs are dressed in breeches, a fringe of longish hair on the thigh area, also known as culottes. Topping it all off is a long, flowing plume of a tail carried proudly arched over the body.

The coat isn’t prone to matting but should be combed and brushed once or twice a week to distribute the natural skin oils and keep the hair and skin shiny and healthy. They don’t have a dog odor, so occasional bathing is only required. Trimming of nails for two or three times a month is recommended.

Size and Characteristics

Price Range: this dog for sale may cost between $300-$500

Life expectancy: the life span is generally of about 13-15 YEARS

Weight: 7-10 pounds

Height: 8-11 inches

Colors: Fawn & White, Red & White, Brown & White, Sable, Black & White, White.

How to Train this dog

You must be consistent in training them. Give them plenty of opportunities to potty outside and lots of praise when they do it. Give them as few opportunities to make a mistake as possible, but never punish them if they do. The more often your Papillon has accidents in the house, the more difficult it will be to persuade him that it’s not allowed.
Always take them out when they first wake up in the morning, after every meal, after naps, after playtime, after a grooming session or bath, and just before bedtime. Crate training at a young age will help the dog to accept confinement. They are fast learners too. They are also easy to house break, if kept on a schedule.

Health Issues and Food

Diet: Food requirement is generally decided depends on his size, age, build, metabolism, and activity level. 1/4 to 1/2 cup of high-quality dry food a day, divided into two meals, is most ideal. This breed will overeat and but having delicate knees overeating should be avoided. Feed them twice a day rather than leaving food out all the time.

Allergies: Prone to contact deramatitis and other allergies

Health problems: Papillons have only minor health problems patellar luxation, seizures and dental problems are the main concerns, also progressive retinal atrophy (PRA), intervertebral disk disease and allergies were also reported.

Mixed breeds

Papipoo It’s a cross between the Papillon and the Toy Poodle. Papi-poos are considered low to no shedding dogs. They have either straight or wavy, medium length coat and their tail curls over their back and plumes like a Papillions tail.

Peke-A-Pap is a hybrid developed from the Papillon and the Pekingese breeds. They are smart, loyal and protective dogs in nature. If they are kept happy and balanced, they make great family dogs.

Corillon are hybrid dogs that are produced by cross breeding of the Pembroke Welsh Corgi and the Papillon. They have distinctively large ears like a butterfly. They resemble Papillon in carrying their tail high over the body.

Best female and male dog names

You can name your Beagle as Brody or Oliver if he is a male and Lily or Lola if she is a female.

How to adopt this dog

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Pictures and Videos

Papillon puppy

Photo Credits: Gvdmoort, Ron Armstrong