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UK KC Classification Toy
Country of Origin Spain & Belgium
Date of Origin 1600s
Height 20 - 28 cm (8 - 11 inches)
Weight 4 - 4.5 Kgs (9 - 10 lbs)
Life Expectancy 13 - 15 Yrs

Main Characteristics

Papillon have a small, dainty build and they are agile dogs. Their coat is long, silky and coloured white with patches of colour.


Papillon are known to be lively, intelligent and friendly dogs.


If you are considering a Papillon as a pet, consider the following points:
They are suitable for urban living
They are usually ok with children
They require a lot of grooming
They are suitable for hot climates
They are easy to obedience train
They usually make good watch dogs

Interesting Facts

Pappillon are also known as:
Phalène (drop ear type)
Continental Toy Spaniel
Epagneul Nain Continental

Common nicknames include:
Butterfly Dog
Squirrel Dog (because of tail carriage)


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