Papillon

Small Size

Doesn't moult much

Good for first time owners

Papillon is French for 'butterfly' and from the ears on this little dog, it's easy to see why the name was chosen.

FACT SHEET

Attractive to ...

Elegant owners with royal aspirations. The Papillon was a favourite of Madame de Pompadour and Queen Marie Antoinette.

Not the best for ...

Anyone looking for a tough, hardy companion. The Papillon is rather delicate so care should be taken if playing with bigger dogs.

Aliases

Pap, Butterfly Dog, Plalene

Cross between

None

Origin

Belgium

Size

Small
Small - but bigger than most cats

Exercise Needs

Low (Under 30 minutes)
A walk and a good sniff can be like reading a novel while doing a marathon for a little dog.

Coat

Long almost human hair
Luscious long outer locks that need lots of attention and a soft undercoat that will get knotty if not combed out.

Shedding

Doesn't moult much
But all dogs shed dander so if you're allergic, make sure you'll be ok

Life expectancy

13 years

Good first dog?

Yes

HOW IT WORKS

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