Friday, June 21, 2013

Papillon Dog Breed

The Papillon is a very intelligent and self-assured dog that has a very easy time learning new tricks. This dog can be socialized to be good with children and strangers, but are generally reserved around new people. Young children should never handle Papillons without direct supervision as they are very fragile and can easily be injured. They can also be socialized to get along well with other pets, but care should be taken with rambunctious pets or cats with claws because they can play too roughly. If not properly socialized, Papillons can be distrustful and exhibit aggressive tendencies toward other dogs and people. Papillons are also very playful and affectionate. Widely known as great companion dogs, with the spirit and energy to keep up with active families, but calm enough to be happy with sleeping in the arms of an equally affectionate owner. They have high energy level and require more exercise than the average companion breed. Papillons are known as excellent watchdogs as they will alert their owner to changes in their environment. They can be 'yappy' like many toy dogs. The Papillon can withstand heat but are more sensitive to cold temperatures because of their single-coated fur, and should not be left outside unattended in cold weather.
Papillon dog agility jump

The most distinct aspect of the Papillon is its ears which are large and well fringed, giving them a butterfly wing-like appearance. Papillons are parti-colored or white with patches of any color. An all-white dog or a dog with no white is disqualified from the conformation show ring. A blaze (area of white extending down between the eyes) and noseband is preferred over a solid-colored head, but not required. Nose, eye-rims, and lips should be black. Paw pads vary in color from black to pink, depending on the coloring of the dog.

Papillons can be registered with the American Kennel Club as the following colors and markings, with types indicated as S-standard or A-alternate for show purposes:

The American Kennel Club goes on to indicate in the breed standard, the following faults shall be severely penalized: Color other than white not covering both ears, back and front, or not extending from the ears over both eyes. A slight extension of the white collar onto the base of the ears, or a few white hairs interspersed among the color, shall not be penalized, provided the butterfly appearance is not sacrificed.

There are two ear variations of this breed, the completely upright ears of the more common Papillon, and the dropped spaniel-like ears of the Phalène. The American Kennel Club and the Fédération Cynologique Internationale consider the Phalène and the Papillon the same breed.


The temperament of a papillon is a happy, friendly, adventurous dog. They are not shy or aggressive.

Life expectancy

Papillons can live up to 17 years.A 2002 Papillon Club of America survey puts the average age of their members' deceased Papillons at 11.45 years.


Papillons have no major health concerns although patellar luxation, seizures, and dental problems can be issues.[5] Additionally they can be at risk for PRA, intervertebral disk disease, and allergies.


Like any other dog, Papillons need a daily walk.[8] Play will take care of a lot of their exercise needs, however, as with all breeds, play is not sufficient for all exercise. Daily walks or runs are an excellent way to exercise your Papillon. They will also enjoy a good romp in a safe open area off lead, such as a large fenced in yard. Papillons are a very active breed of dog and enjoy having a job to perform. Papillon Breeders recommend dog agility, Rally obedience, Obedience for Papillons because of their intelligence and energy level.
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