Papillons are named for their distinctive ears shaped like butterfly wings. The word papillon is French for "butterfly."
Papillon Information

Average sizes and life expectancy of the breed


8-11 Inches


9-10 Lbs.


12-15 years

Papillon Information

The Papillon is a descendant of the Spaniel family of dogs. They were first bred in Italy and Spain and were initially known as the Continental Toy Spaniel. The Papillon was later developed in France, where they became popular lapdogs among the nobility.

Papillons are named for their distinctive ears shaped like butterfly wings. The word papillon is French for “butterfly.”

Papillons are one of the most popular dog breeds in the world. They are gentle, affectionate dogs that make great companion animals. Papillons are also intelligent and easy to train.

Exercise Needs

The Papillon is a small, active breed that needs plenty of exercise. A daily walk or play session is necessary to keep your Papillon happy and healthy. They are not suited for life as couch potatoes.


Papillons are intelligent dogs that are easy to train. They are quick learners and eager to please their owners. Puppy kindergarten and basic obedience training are recommended for all Papillon owners.

Health Issues

Papillons are a relatively healthy breed. However, like all breeds, they are susceptible to certain health conditions. Some of the health problems that may affect Papillons include patellar luxation, tracheal collapse, and congenital heart defects.


Papillons are relatively easy to groom. They do not require extensive grooming, but they do need regular brushing and occasional baths. Papillons also need their nails trimmed regularly.

Breed Identification


White With Patches Of Any Color



Breed Care


More than once a week


Up to 30 minutes per day


Portosystemic Shunts, Deafness, Patellar Luxation

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