Papillon are popular speciality breed dog. They are popular because they are cute little toy dogs with fluffy coats and adorable little faces.
They weigh 7-10 pounds and can live up to 20 years.
Did you know that the word papillon means butterfly in French? Likely because of their wing-like ears and their spunky and fun personality, Papillon’s are great dogs.
How Friendly Are They? Incredibly! They are smart and easy to train, but they are also gentle and patient. They make great indoor dogs but are known for being a little difficult to house train.
Papillons are not known for a lot of barking and are good with cats and kids. But like any dog, they need exercise and can become aggressive if they have too much pent up energy.
These cute little dogs have lots of energy. They need people to play with them, and taking them out of the house for a run around the park or yard is highly encouraged.
They don’t have undercoats, which makes Papillon’s easy to groom. Their coat shed an average amount but their coat doesn’t typically mat or tangle. Regular brushing will take care of any shedding issues.
Just like any dog, you will need to brush their teeth regularly. This breed is prone to tartar build up which can lead to gum disease and tooth loss. Make sure to bring them into Albuquerque Vetco for their annual dental cleaning.
These cute dogs are generally pretty healthy. But like any dog they have a few health concerns to be aware of:
- Luxated patella (kneecap problems, generally on the hind legs)
- Anesthesia sensitivity
- Fontanel (soft spot or opening on the top of the skull)
- Progressive retinal atrophy (PRA) – Testing for PRA is available for papillons. The gene mutation for the condition was discovered by researchers at Michigan State University’s College of Veterinary Medicine (PDF). If you plan to obtain a papillon from a breeder, ask if this test has been performed on your potential pet or the parents. We do not offer testing at our clinic.
Once you get your Papillon, make sure to bring them into the clinic for a checkup, their annual vaccines and their microchip. You can speak to our vets about any dietary needs and health concerns you may have.