Papillon breed information, pictures and more...

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AKC Toy Dogs, FCI Group IX.: Companion and Toy Dogs, TKC Gundog
Dogs 8-11 inches (20-28 cm)
Bitches 7-10 inches (18-25 cm)
Dogs 8-10 pounds (4-5 kg)
Bitches 7-9 pounds (3-4 kg)
13-16 years
2 to 4

The Papillon is also called the Continental Toy Spaniel. They have a long lustrous coat what is white with patches of any color, except liver. The butterfly ears are carried either erect or drooping. The Papillon with drooped years is called Phalene Papillon.

This breed is small, friendly, elegant, of fine-boned structure, light, dainty and of lively action. They are very devoted to their masters, with a hearty spirit making them desirable for show or companionship. Papillons are hardy and usually long lived.

These lovely dogs are good travelers and love to be with their family. They are friendly, happy and eager to please. The Papillon ranks number one Toy Dog in obedience.


From pale lemon and white to rich shades of red, chestnut, deep mahogany. Tris and black and white.


They have no undercoat, but a long, abundant, flowing and silky in texture. Daily combing and brushing of the long, silky, single coat is important and fairly straightforward. These dogs are usually clean and odorless. Bathe or dry shampoo when necessary. Keep the nails clipped and have the teeth cleaned regularly because they tend to accumulate tartar. They are average shedders and do not matt or tangle.

Health Issues:

This breed is usually very healthy. Sometimes prone to problems with the kneecaps (patella) in the hind legs, this can sometimes be corrected by surgery. Also fontanel (an opening at the top of the skull similar to a baby human's "soft spot"). It sometimes corrects itself but if it does not, the dog needs to be protected. Some have a difficult time under anesthesia. Some problems with inadequate tear production, progressive retinal atrophy. To minimize the risk of your Papillon developing any hereditary health issues, you should buy a puppy from a reputable Continental Toy Spaniel breeder.

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