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Spotlight on … the Papillon

PapillionHere’s small dog with a big heart. Papillons are friendly and elegant looking dogs that are great both indoors and outdoors. These dogs are like and can be distinguished from other breeds by their beautiful, butterfly-like ears. Papillons are generally happy and alert little dogs that are neither shy nor aggressive. The breed is either Parti-color or white with patches of any color.

Believe it or not, Papillons originally had large, drooping ears and were known in the 16th and 17th centuries as Dwarf Spaniels and were often shown on the laps of Spanish and French noble women. Over time the breed developed erect ears that are fringed and resemble the wings of a butterfly. In fact, Papillon means “butterfly” in French.

Papillons are smart and self-assured

The Papillon is a very smart and self-assured dog that has a very easy time learning new tricks. It can be sociable with children and strangers, but is generally reserved around new people. They can usually be socialized to get along well with other pets, but care should be taken with rambunctious pets or cats with claws as they could injure it. If not properly socialized, Papillons can be distrustful and exhibit aggressive tendencies toward other dogs and people.

Papillons are great companion dogs

Widely known as great companion dogs, they have the spirit and energy to keep up with active families, but can also be calm enough to be happy with sleeping in the arms of an affectionate owner. They demand an augmented exercise routine due to their high energy level, relative to the average companion breed. Papillons are known as excellent watchdogs. They may be considered garrulous like many other toy dogs. The Papillon can withstand heat but is more sensitive to cold temperatures because of their single-coated fur, and should not be left outside unattended in cold weather.

Would  a Papillon be right for you?

Whether it’s living in an apartment, out in the country or anywhere in between, Papillons generally a happy breed. They love to play outdoors, are easily entertained and can be exercised indoor as well. Since Papillons don’t have an undercoat, they do not require a lot of grooming but should still be brushed regularly.

If you are thinking about purchasing a Papillon

• They are a toy breed,
• Range in size from 8 to 11 inches tall at the shoulder.
• Considered to be a companion dog

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One Response to Spotlight on … the Papillon

  1. Charlotte July 2, 2015 at 8:00 am #

    Papillons should be happy gregarious dogs, never contentious and not reserved. I think your description does not describe the ideal but less than the ideal. Papillons are high energy but can easily be exercised in a small area. Always in any breed there is a range, but papillons should always be outgoing and friendly.

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