Did you know that the word Papillon means “butterfly” in French? It’s actually referring to this spaniel’s fringed and upright ears that resemble that of a butterfly’s wings. Papillons are known to be top notch competition dogs that come in a very small package. They are definitely one of the most intelligent and trainable of the toy breeds as they learn quickly and respond to positive training methods. Their lively and playful nature is a delight and they are actually a lot tougher than they look. Papillons are seriously fast, and can zip through a cracked door and be gone in an instant. Papillons will demand to be included in your life at all times and they will be your companion, living happily for many years.
Lifestyle and Living Environment
Papillons are house dogs and should remain indoors for the majority of the day that they aren't running around in the yard. If you do not have a yard they will adjust by releasing their energy by tearing through the house and jumping on and off furniture. You can think of them as little household mountain goats because you can expect them to climb up onto the kitchen counter and other places. Crate training is something to consider with your Papillon because its a great place to keep them safe while unsupervised and also a cozy spot to take a nap. Take them for a 20-30 minute walk everyday and don't hesitate to give them more if you sense they need it.
Common Health Issues
Papillons are prone to: Patellar Luxation, Hypoglycemia, Collapsed Trachea, Progressive Retinal Atrophy, Open Fontanel.