The Papillon is believed to be the oldest of the toy breeds. They are also called the "Continental Toy Spaniel".
These small elegant toy dogs are considered a dainty breed but really they are tougher then they look. They are a well balanced and lively dog.
Their long, lustrous, flowing and silky coats come in many colors with white patches. The colors are pale lemon and white, rich shade of red, chestnut and mahogany. Colors other than white is over their eyes and ears back to front. Their coat is fluffy at their chest.
Their ears are distinctive, large fringed and look like butterfly wings. Because of them they have the nickname of "butterfly dog." They have a white blaze and noseband on their face with a short but pointed muzzle. Although they have a fine-boned structure they are surprisedly athletic. They have an alert and intelligent expression.
Height: 8-11 inches
Weight: 3-9 pounds
Life Span: 16 years
CHARACATERTICS AND TEMPEREAMENT
Papillons are hearty, spirited and make good watchdogs. Although not yappy but will bark at sights and sounds to alert their family to danger and visitors. Because of this they aren't recommended for apartment living.
They want to be cuddled and be with their family but may be possessive of their owner. They make great pets but are better with older considerate children. If socializated early with cats they are okay and get along with smaller dogs but may challenge bigger ones.
These dogs are eager to please and rank #1 toy dog in obedience. They are easy to train and respond best to consistent, loving and gentle guidance. They have an uncanny ability at problem solving. Also, they are easily housebroken.
They can get their exercise indoors with play sessions but they love to go outside for walks.
These little dogs are considered a healthy and hardy breed. They are prone to these diseases however.
- Patella disease(kneecap)
- Progressive retinal atrophy
They need daily combing and brushing, dry shampoo when necessary, nails clipped and trimming of pads of feet to prevent splaying of feet. Clean teeth regularly as they tend to accumulate tartar. They are odorless and an average shedder.
Papillons are recorded in European history back 700 years. They originated in France and in French Papillon means " butterfly dog". It is believed that Marie Antoinette gave them their name. In the 17th century they were extremely popular in court circles in France. They are featured in paintings of the renaissance per.iod.
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