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  • Dog Breed Group: Companion Dogs

  • Scientific Name: Canis lupus familiaris

  • Recommended for: Families

  • Maintenance Level: Medium

  • Life Span: 13-15 Years

  • Height: Up to 28 cm

  • Weight: Up to 5 kg

  • Temperament: Intelligent, active

  • HypoallergenicNo

  • Colors: White and Brown

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Papillion Breed Overview

The Papillion is fine boned, small, energetic dog that is also widely known as the Continental Toy Spaniel, as well as Dwarf Spaniel. It contains straight long coat and it doesn’t have an undercoat. The most beautiful feature of Papillion is butterfly eyes along with long hair.

Their body is medium in length and feathering colours fore and rear of hind legs. It contains distinctive tail that is also feathered. It is considered as one of the most beautiful lap dogs.

You just have to understand that Papillion sheds a lot, so you have to groom it every day in order to help it.

Their height can go up to 28 cm and weigh up to 5 kg.

The life expectancy is approximately 13 years.

  • Suitability for Children – Low
  • Tendency to Bark – Medium
  • Energy – High
  • Suitability as a Guard Dog – Low
  • Grooming Requirements –  Every Day
  • Amount of hair shed –  Moderate
  • Food Cost –  upto $5
  • Average Monthly Pet insurance Premium – $58
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Origins of Papillion

The Papillion descended from Asia as the toy breed similar as Japanese Chin; however, some experts think that they are only miniature versions of European Spaniels that crossbred smaller dogs. The ancient origins were finally established by the 13th century in the Europe.

There are many artworks where Papillion is featured from Goya, Toulouse-Lautrec, Rembrandt as well as others.

It was the favourite dog of high society and the mainly Spain was responsible for its popularity.

Papillion Temperament

Papillion is an intelligent dog with only one wish – to please their owners. They are very easy to train and to motivate them to follow command by using a reward. You have to understand that they have lots of energy, so it is best to have a bigger house than a small apartment.
It is also important to socialize them from the young age in order to ensure that they are relaxed and comfortable next to other people and dogs.

Common Papillion Conditions and Diseases

Collapsed Trachea – Sometimes rapid inhalation can easily cause trachea to flatten, and therefore it will make your Papillion difficult to breathe. When you see symptoms such as intolerance to exercise, honking coughing, gagging when drinking and eating, you should check a vet as soon as possible. Buy Papillion puppy insurance with us, and be safe for years to come.

Interesting Facts

  • Papillion’s are one of the best dogs for obedience training
  • They are perfect for catching rats

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