Long, fine and abundant single coat, with a profuse frill on the chest and feathering on the ears.
Parti-color or white with patches of any color.
Happy at heart, Papillons are full of energy and fun. These busy and curious dogs bond strongly with their owners and love to learn tricks to further please their people. Extremely intelligent, versatile, and hardier than they may appear, Papillons can be trained to do all sorts of things. Although some can be bold and pushy, others have some natural shyness.
The Papillon's small size makes him a good apartment dog as long as he is given enough exercise - even if it's an indoor game of fetch. He is a companion dog and so does not do well if left alone for long periods. In colder climates, he may need to wear a coat during the winter months. He can jump surprisingly high, so a secure 6-foot (2 m) fence is necessary.
The Papillon is a toy dog who participates in many sports, including agility, flyball and even tracking. He is a titled performer in obedience and agility, a standout in the show ring, and a dog who is easy to train as a hearing-ear dog or therapy dog.
The sturdy, athletic Papillon is no lapdog - he needs plenty of exercise and will appreciate using his own four feet to accompany you on your excursions. Inquisitive and athletic, he enjoys playing outside and being a part of family activities.
The Papillon is a good eater who should be fed a high-quality food twice a day. Although he may look adorable when begging for food, don't feed him junk, and don't let him get fat.
The Papillon has proved himself a versatile dog in many arenas because he is easy to train - he learns quickly and retains his lessons. With his intelligence and keen desire to please, positive rewards and motivational training will have him doing almost anything you ask. A Papillon needs plenty of socialization from puppyhood to help him feel confident in as many situations as possible.
Although Papillons are good companions for older children who understand how to handle smaller dogs, they are not usually recommended for families with children under the age of seven. They get along well with other small dogs (especially other Papillons) and small pets but should be supervised with larger dogs because of their size.
The average life span of the Papillon is 12 to 15 years. Health concerns include cataracts; dental problems; digestive problems; epilepsy; patellar luxation; retained testicles and von Willebrand disease.
The Papillon doesn't have an undercoat, so he sheds little to no hair. His silky fur is quite easy to care for and doesn't need trimming or special grooming. He should be brushed regularly with a natural bristle brush to prevent matting.
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