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Descended from ancient spaniel strains, Papillons are light-boned, light on their feet and light-hearted. Always white and some other color, with and long-fringed ears resembling a butterfly, they are eager to please and known as one of the most trainable small dogs.

They adapt well to city and apartment life but appreciate good walks as well.


Known in medieval France as the Dwarf Spaniel, they were often depicted as aristocratic lapdogs. Over time the erect ear was developed, set at the iconic 45 degree angle and deeply fringed. In the US the drop-eared variety is called the Phalene.

By the Numbers

Size: 8 to 11 inches at the shoulder..
Coat Care: 5 – medium. Requires brushing to keep shedding down.
Trainability: 10 – very high. They are biddable and learn easily.

Energy level: 7. They are a highly adaptable dog but do enjoy plenty of exercise.
Good with Children: 6 – They do well with older, gentle children
Noise level: medium to high – 6: They alert to intruders but are otherwise quiet.
Low Shedding/hypoallergenic: – 8, high They shed copiously.

To get a better idea of what kind of breeder to look for, check out

What is a Responsible Breeder?

And to make sure you have what it takes, you can read What Makes a Responsible Pet Owner.

To get more information or to find a puppy, contact the Papillon Club of America.

This Papillon is confident and happy.

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Our Papillon Boy 
Our Papillon boy has brought more fun and laughter into our lives than anything. He is the perfect companion. He loves to be held and cuddled and will …

She is a Queen! Not rated yet
Her name is Bandit, because she stole my chicken off my plate the first day we met, and she likes to steal my clothes as soon as I take them off and doesn't …

My Papillon Not rated yet
My papillon is sweet, playful and tries to protect me by growling. She is always jealous and comforts people. She is so great. She is the Sweeeeeeeeeeeeeeeetist …

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