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Though it is not documented what bloodlines created the wonderful butterfly dog we known of today as the Papillon, we do know that this breed was strictly treated as royalty as it became popular hundreds of years ago. This breed is extremely popular in the USA today and are known for their ability to preform tricks, compete in obedience competitions and be lovable companions and watchdogs.


The Papillon is a small breed dog with males and females measuring 8-11 inches in height and weighing 7-10 pounds in weight. This breed has a rounded head, forming into a narrow muzzle with a scissor bite. Their two ears are extra large in size, triangular in shape and stand firm on the top of their head with hair flowing off of them. Their two small, round eyes are available in light hazel to dark brown in color. In general, their body build is petite, thin and long. Their tail is long and is carried curled and over their back with hair flowing off of it as well. This breed has a single layer, long hair coat that is silky and fine in texture. This coat is available in white with patches of color.


This breed is known for their naturally sweet disposition and for being great additions to almost any family. Great with children when socialized at a young age, as well as with other dogs and pets, this breed is very affectionate, accepting and lovable. The Papillon is playful and quiet, making it a wonderful choice if you are searching for the right apartment dog. This breed requires a daily walk and other playtime indoors, as well as some sort of mental stimulation daily to remain happy and calm. This breed travels well and just wants to be included in as many family actives as he or she can be. This breed requires a confident owner who uses positive reinforcement training methods only.


This breed requires daily brushing and bathing when needed. This breed does shed.

Special Notes

Please fully educate yourself about the Papillon breed prior to adding one to your family to ensure this is a good breed of choice. Do not add a Papillon to your family unless you are able to make a life long commitment both physically and financially to your new family member. All dogs originate from wolves (Canis Lupus). Each breed of dog was originally created by mixing different breeds together in an effort to bring forth certain characteristics. Once a breeder has created acceptable “breed characteristics” within their bloodline and these “breed characteristics” have shown to be reliably reproduced in the offspring for three (3) generations, the bloodline may be upgraded from the category of “foundation stock” to “pure-bred”. The same “pure-bred” breed standards vary from different continents, countries, territories, regions, breed clubs, and canine pure-breed registries depending on the goals of their breeders. Dog DNA testing companies can have accurate results for a specific bloodline of a small colony of dogs. However, there are tens of thousands of different bloodlines in the world which have not yet been tested for marker baseline results by Dog DNA testing companies as of 2017. For this reason Dog DNA testing companies do not guarantee the 100% accuracy of their breed lineage results and will also show different marker results for the same pure-bred breed in different continents, countries, territories, regions, breed clubs, and canine pure-breed registries depending on the goals of their breeders.

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