Papillon

Toy Group

Three Papillon dog puppies in front of white background

Height at Shoulders

8-11 in

Weight

5-10 lbs

Life Expectancy

14-16 yrs

History

The Papillon (pronounced "pah-pee-yawn") originated in Italy, as recently as 1500 when the breed began making an appearance in the paintings of Tiziano Vicellio. Over the years, they appeared in many portraits of royalty and merchant class families, painted by some of the most world-renowned artists including Rembrandt, Watteau, Gonzales Coques, Fragonard, Paolo Veronese, and Mignard. The earliest Papillons were called "Dwarf Spaniels", as during Renaissance times, it was a sign of status to possess miniature versions of popular breeds. The Papillon was popular across much of Europe and was the favorite breed of Marie Antoinette.

Breed Characteristics

While not all Papillons will display the exact characteristics typical of the breed, most share a personality and temperament can be generalized by the characteristic rankings below. 

Intelligence

Affection Towards Family

Friendliness Towards Strangers

Friendliness Towards Other Dogs

Exercise Needs

★★★★☆

★★★★★

★★★★★

★★★★☆

★★★☆☆

Energy Level

Sensitivity

Noise Level

Prey Drive

Shedding

★☆

★★★☆☆

★☆☆

★☆

★☆☆

Intelligence

★★★★☆


Affection Towards Family

★★★★★


Friendliness Towards Strangers

★★★★★


Friendliness Towards Other Dogs

★★★★☆


Exercise Needs

★★★☆☆


Energy Level

★☆


Sensitivity

★★★☆☆


Noise Level

★☆☆


Prey Drive

★☆


Shedding

★☆☆

Common Traits

Outgoing, energetic, and loving with a "big dog" attitude

Known to be "busy"- they would much prefer sniffing around or looking for something to do than relaxing on your lap

Very people-oriented and intelligent- have been known to become destructive if bored or left alone for long

Intelligent, eager to please, and generally easy to train but may be difficult to housetrain