All about the Papillon


Incredibly Agile and Smart

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. .


Love the house life too!

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


A list of other Papillon qualities

  • Few health issues
  • Very little professional grooming needed, just a daily brushing, and occasional nail and foot trim.
  • Some paps are a bit yappy, but many are not.  It depends on how they are raised.
  • Travel very well in cars
  • Love their crate


  • Love their doggie bed
  • Love food and treats, so should NOT be free fed unless you want a very fat papillon.
  • Many papillons love to tug, especially if introduced to it early on.
  • Fast on their feet
  • Very smart, learn tricks, obedience and good behavior easily


  • No dander, thus great for people with allergies
  • Not much shedding, especially if brushed every few days
  • Dirt doesn't seem to stick to them.  It just falls off of their fine, filament-like hair.
  • With patience, they are house-breakable.
  • It's best not to raise papillons around small children who tend to chase them, squeeze them too hard, hold them by one arm, or drop them.
  • One of my papillon owners sent in this : Papillons are better in pairs!



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.

 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!