Papillons excel at various sports, and are sometimes referred to as "the border collies of the toy dog world" because they run very fast and are very trainable. In fact, the top ranking AKC Agility Champion in the USA as of June 2012 is a Papillon named Tigger, with 33 MACH championships, far exceeding any other dog of any breed. Read Tigger's amazing story here. Papillons are also making quite a name for themselves in flyball, obedience, and rally, taking many first place ribbons and earning advanced titles. They also make excellent pet therapy dogs, and some of them enjoy lure coursing. .
Of course, papillons are also content being house pets, so long as they get enough play time and companionship. Weighing just between 5-10 lbs, they don't need a big yard. They like to chase a ball through the house, tug on squeak toys, and haul their stuffed animals around. They love nestling in their beds, on pillows, and appreciate a crate to rest in. They benefit from obedience classes and are easy to train, but can become spoiled if no rules are laid down. As long as they are properly stimulated, they don't become "yappy". Details about the breed can be found at http://www.akc.org/breeds/papillon/index.cfm
The Papillion is a breed that according to the standard adopted by The Papillion Club of America and approved by the AKC, should only require minimal grooming and trimming. In a very short time, anyone new to the breed can become just as proficient at bathing, brushing and trimming as the expert. Papillions can be brushed daily with a pin style brush to keep small mats at a minimum and remove dead loose coat. The bath is an important part of the Papillion grooming, and can many times assist in the helping to give your dog that extra finished look. Using a good quality dog shampoo and conditioner is essential!
Papillons are normally a long-lived healthy toy breed of dog. The usual life expectancy of a Papillion is somewhere between 12-18 years of age.
CARING FOR YOUR NEW PAPILLON
Your puppy has been carefully raised and cared for up until now. It is up to you to protect your puppy and your investment by continuing the same type of care.
Feed your dog a GOOD quality dog food! Weaned puppies eat 3-4 times per day, adult dogs are fed twice per day. The portion is usually around 1/4 cup per serving (yes puppies eat more than adult dogs). In any case, watch your dog's waist line and adjust a few kibbles more or less to maintain a slightly narrow waist and a nice tuck up of the belly. Dogs with a more sedentary lifestyle will require much less food than busy dogs. Dogs that train with lots of treats will get less at mealtime. And don't be fooled into feeding too much -- most dogs always act like they're starving!