AKC PuppyFinder: Papillon Puppies

Breed Traits
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  • Personality: Happy, alert, friendly
  • Energy Level: Very Active; Curious, quick, and athletic, Paps like exercise and take to training
  • Good with Children: Yes
  • Good with other Dogs: With Supervision
  • Shedding: Seasonal
  • Grooming: Occasional
  • Trainability: Eager To Please
  • Height: 8-11 inches
  • Weight: 5-10 pounds
  • Life Expectancy: 14-16 years
  • Barking Level: Barks When Necessary
Breed Description
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This toy breed has it all: elegance, intelligence, friendliness and versatility. The Papillon, with his distinctive butterfly-shaped ears, looks dainty, but he has some sporting-dog genes in him and has an athletic, playful spirit. The breed excels in agility trials and can be easily trained for competitions or almost any doggie tricks. Your Papillon puppy lives happily anywhere, from a city apartment to a house in the country. He's curious and active, ready to play indoors and out.

History & Job
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Origin: France

Year Recognized: 1915

Breed History & Job Description: 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.

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Papillons are generally a healthy breed. Like all breeds there may be some health issues, like eye disease, patellar luxation and cardiac disease. Some dogs may be faced with these health challenges in their lives, but the majority of Papillons are healthy dogs.

Read the Official Breed Club Health Statement.


Recommended Health Tests from the National Breed Club:

  • Ophthalmologist Evaluation
  • Patella Evaluation
  • Cardiac Exam
Breed Club
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  • Breed Club: Papillon Club of America, Inc.
  • Breed Club Link: https://www.papillonclub.org/
  • Breed Standard: View
  • Group: Toy
  • 2016 Popularity: 53
  • Breed Referral Contact:  -
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  • Breed Club Rescue: PapAdopters & Placement Service
  • Breed Club Rescue Email: info@papadopters.com
  • Breed Club Rescue Phone: 248-587-7460
  • Breed Club Rescue Link: http://papadopters.com/


Click here to see all Papillon Rescue Groups.

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puppy's parentage, going back 3 generations,
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and/or Grand Championship title.
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health testing standards and participate in continuing education.
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