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A glamorous, delicate-looking dog, with ears that resemble a butterfly or a moth — hence the name — the Papillon is descended from toy Spaniels and has been portrayed in famous paintings dating back as far as the 16th century.  

They’re as elegant as they sound, but their popularity is not based solely on looks, but also on their intelligence, as the Papillon dog breed is known to be one of the smartest breeds in the world.

12 – 14 years
3 – 5kg
20 – 28cm
White with patches of colour or tricolour (white and black and specific tan points)
UK Kennel Club Groups
The need-to-know
  • Dog suitable for non-experienced owners
  • Basic training required
  • Generally healthy breed
  • Enjoys active walks
  • Enjoys one to two hours of walking a day
  • Small dog
  • Minimum drool
  • Requires grooming daily
  • Chatty and vocal dog
  • Barks and alerts to visitors/anything unusual
  • Generally friendly with other dogs
  • Gets along with other pets with training
  • May need additional supervision to live with children
  • Needs a small garden
  • Can happily live in the city
  • Can be left occasionally with training
Generally healthy breed

Papillons can suffer from:
- Patellar luxation
- Progressive retinal atrophy which is an inherited disorder where part of the eye degenerates and wastes away which can result in blindness.
- Neuroaxonal dystrophy which is a serious condition that affects the nervous system. 
- Von Willebrand's disease which is where a dog produces insufficient or faulty clotting factors which can result in uncontrolled bleeding.
Priority Kennel Club health schemes and testing: 
- DNA test for progressive retinal atrophy in Papillons which tests whether or not a dog has the potential to be affected by this condition
- Eye screening scheme 

Papillon Appearance

The Papillon colours include white, black, and tan markings and their coat is long and silky (see the breed standard for full details). Adult dogs stand at 20-28 cm and weigh 3-5 kg, so they’re fairly small and can be comfortable living in any environment, from apartments to homes with large gardens.   

There are two types of Papillon ears: the most popular ones called butterfly ears, and the pendant ears, also known as drop ears or moth ears, which are floppier. 

Papillon Personality

An alert, friendly, energetic little dog, the Papillon dog is a rewarding, loving companion that enjoys taking part in family activities, as well as spending time on laps! 

They are also very friendly with other pets if they are socialized from a young age, so they have no problem bonding and getting along with other dogs or cats. Another great quality in a Papillon is their intelligence, which makes it easier for them to learn basic commands and new tricks.  

Papillon Fun Facts

  • Christina Aguilera is the proud owner of a Papillon called Chewy 
  • King Henry II is said to have spent about 100,000 crowns on his Papillons. 
  • They were originally bred as ratters to get rid of pests in people’s homes. Their process was to hunt rats and tire them out until exhaustion and then make their final move. 
  • They were represented in many famous painters´ works, from Titian and Goya to Rubens and even Rembrandt. 
  • One Papillon was the lucky heir of a whopping $10,000. When actress Lauren Bacall passed away, she wanted her beloved pet to keep living the same lavish lifestyle and decided that her $26.6 million fortune would be split among her three children and her Papillon. 


Does a Papillon bark a lot? 

The Papillon dog breed is generally outgoing and even though they are highly energetic, they are not considered to be excessive barkers. 

Why should you not get a Papillon? 

The Papillon is a very fragile dog breed and, as puppies, they can easily be injured so extra special attention should be paid when living with one. 

Do Papillons like to cuddle? 

Papillons are widely known to be one of the cuddliest dog breeds. They will love snuggling up next to their humans almost as much as they love running around. 

How do you take care of a Papillon? 

Paps are relatively easy to take care of when they’re older, but more effort and energy will have to be put into raising them as they are very fragile as puppies. 

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