Other Common Names:
Epagneul Nain Continental, À Oreilles Droites, Continental Toy Spaniel, Papillon
Papillons are a small, dainty, elegant, and playful dog breed devoted to their owners. "Papillon" means butterfly in French and describes this dog breed's ears, which look like beautiful butterfly wings. The Papillon dog breed is typified by a fine-boned structure and a lively but graceful gait.
Country of Origin:
The Papillon originated in France.
Papillons range from 8 to 11 inches.
Male Papillons range from 8 to 10 pounds. Female Papillons range from 7 to 9 pounds.
Papillons have white coats with markings of any other color except liver. Some Papillons are tri-colored.
Papillons have silky, flowing straight coats. This dog breed's hair is long and is prone to shedding. Daily brushing of the coat is required.
The Papillon is an intelligent dog breed who is easy to train. Friendly and playful, the Papillon gets along with all the family members and pets.
The Papillon is susceptible to patella luxatiois (problems with the knees) and progressive retinal atrophy.
The expected life span of the Papillon is 12-15 years.
Papillons make good apartment dogs as long as this playful dog breed gets a sufficient amount of exercise.
The Papillon is in the Toy group.