Energy Level:Very Active; Curious, quick, and athletic, Paps like exercise and take to training
Meet the Papillon
A tiny dog, measuring 8 to 11 inches at the shoulder, you can still spot a Papillon a block away thanks to the large, wing-shaped ears that give the breed its name (“papillon” is French for “butterfly”). Some Papillons have erect ears; in others, known as the Phalene type, the ears are down. Papillons are dainty and elegant, with a plumed tail and showy coat. They come in several color combinations, with the base color being white.
What's Their Story?
Like many toy breeds, the enchanting Papillon has been a favorite of European royals for hundreds of years. Papillons were originally bred as charming and beautiful companions for noblewomen. They appear in many portraits of long-ago queens and princesses painted by Europe’s most famous artists. Papillons began as toy spaniels (they were once known as Dwarf Spaniels), and their sporting-dog blood makes them highly trainable and more of an athlete than most other toy dogs.
Papillons are more robust than they look. They thrive in warm or cool climates, in the country or city, and are eager to join family fun. Papillons are athletic, fast, and versatile. They’re especially good in competitive agility trials, and are regular winners at the sport’s highest levels. For less ambitious owners, Papillons can be trained to do all kinds of tricks. Not particularly yappy for a small dog, requiring just routine grooming, and drop-dead adorable, Papillons are little dogs for all seasons and reasons.