All you need to know about The Papillon dog Breed>
ABOUT THE PAPILLON DOG
HISTORY OF THE PAPILLON DOG
The Papillion dog is a descendant of a European Toy Spaniel. These spaniels appear in paintings of the royal courts of Europe dating back to the early 16th century. The best known of these court painters, Titian (Vercelli). Included a number of the tiny spaniels in his paintings starting around 1500. The Papillion and its ancestors were favorites among European royal families. Its charm has been something of a secret in modern times.
APPEARANCE AND CHARACTERISTICS
Height: 8-11 inches
Weight: 5-10 pounds
Life Expectancy: 14-16 years
Energy Level: Very energetic
Longevity Range: 12-15 yrs.
The tendency to Drool: Low Tendency to Snore: Low
Tendency to Bark: Moderate
The tendency to Dig: Low
AKC Classification: Toy
FEEDING THE PAPILLON DOG
The Papillon should do well on high-quality dog food, whether commercially manufactured or home-prepared with your veterinarian’s supervision and approval. Any diet should be appropriate to the dog’s age (puppy, adult, or senior). Some dogs are prone to getting overweight. So watch your dog’s calorie consumption and weight level. Treats can be an important aid in training, but giving too many can cause obesity. Learn about which human food is safe for dogs, and which are not. Check with your vet if you have any concerns about your dog’s weight or diet. Clean, fresh water should be available at all times.
CARING FOR THE PAPILLON DOG
The Papillon has a long, fine, silky hair coat that requires moderate grooming. Specifically, hair brushing two to three times a week. However, the hair does not grow continuously, so the breed should not need haircuts.
Like many small dogs, the Papillon may have a feisty and stubborn streak. However, the breed is quite smart and should learn well if you are diligent. Consistent obedience training is a must. Papillons are also energetic and driven. Routine exercise is highly recommended.
Papillons are delightful little dogs and they make great part-time lap dogs. They are also great part-time exercise buddies and excellent companions for many types of households. They love children, but you will need to ensure that the child understands how to handle the dog. Papillons are easily injured and may defend themselves if mistreated or mishandled by a child.
Papillons have only minor health concerns. Patellar luxation, seizures, and dental problems can be issues. The Papillon may also be sensitive to anesthesia. This should be addressed with a veterinarian before surgeries or other procedures that require anesthesia are used on the dog.
The name Papillon means butterfly in French.
Marie Antoinette was an ardent admirer of papillons.
In Europe, the drop-eared variety of Papillons is called Phalene.
Papillon was previously known as the Dwarf Spaniel.
Papillons rose to fame in Spain.
Papillon breeders usually like to keep puppies until they are 12 weeks old. This is to make sure they are mature enough to go to their new homes.