All About Papillon

The Papillon is a small companion dog that has always been very people-oriented. The family character traits are still in his blood today. Due to his sociable nature, he is not only a great companion but also a good-natured beginner animal that likes to be led.

History of the Papillon

The Continental Toy Spaniel has been known in Spain since the 12th century. There he was to be the companion of the nobility. In the 16th century, various paintings have created that look similar to the papillon of today. Nevertheless, it was still a long breeding process until the first breed standard of 1935. The Chihuahua, Spitz, and Spaniels were the genetic origins of today’s Papillon. In 1990 it was recognized by the FCI as a separate breed. However, there is still no agreement on the exact origin. England, France, and Belgium are often mentioned in the same breath. In contrast to the other countries of origin, however, the dog has a French name (papillon means butterfly in French and refers to the ears).

Essence and Character

The papillon has learned nothing else in its life than the ability to be a companion dog. Unconventional behavior, as shown by various working dogs, is therefore far from him. So the Papillon is a dog that is open to good dog leadership. Due to his human-related nature and his gentleness, he is also suitable for an inexperienced dog novice.

In principle, the small four-legged friend gets along well with other dogs. However, when conspecifics get too close to their owner, they tend to get jealous. In addition, he is bursting with self-confidence and in a group – even compared to larger breeds – strives to take over the leadership of the pack. When two confident individuals face each other, there can be friction. The confident appearance of the small dog breed is also reflected in their guard instinct. When someone encroaches on its territory, the papillon announces this incident by barking insistently.

Purchase of a Papillon

Although 13 German breeders are registered with the VDH, most of them have no planned litters at the moment. The acquisition costs (around 1,500 euros) can be correspondingly high. Shelters have papillons/papillon hybrids for a lower price. However, the selection is very small. In addition, the training of such a dog (depending on the history) can be a challenging task.

What do I need to pay attention to when purchasing?

Buying a dog should always be a well-considered decision. You can use these criteria as a guide:

  • The breeder should select the breeding animals conscientiously so that hereditary diseases are largely excluded.
  • The puppies need age-appropriate health protection. They should also be checked for diseases to reduce the risk of later developing eye diseases or a luxating patella.
  • A site visit (litter + mother) should be possible by prior arrangement.
  • No online purchase, as this is the way the most common cases of fraud occur.
  • The breeder should be an experienced member of the association (Papillon & Phalène-Club Deutschland e. V.).
  • In the pedigree, no double entries are allowed (inbreeding).

Puppy Development and Training

The Papillon is a docile dog that still needs to be trained strictly. Since training is comparatively easy, it can be seen as a beginner dog. Despite this good prerequisite, the implementation of what has been learned can vary from dog to dog.

Because the Papillon has no natural respect for larger dogs, early socialization is an important part of training. The aim is for him to be able to meet his fellow dogs with confidence and to learn to avoid quarrels.

How Do I Hold a Papillon?

The Papillon is an affectionate dog that needs a permanent place in the family center. Since he is easy to train, it is also possible for him to accompany his owner when he has appointments away from home. Due to its sociable nature, the friendly four-legged friend also feels comfortable in the presence of strangers. This also includes contact with children. The Papillon is very sociable and has a child-friendly reputation. Nonetheless, dogs (of any breed) and children should never be left alone.

Since the bright small dog breed is very people-oriented and has an agreeable nature, it is recommended for people of all ages, in all life situations, and also as the first dog for a beginner. But he can just as well be a second dog or the new roommate in a cat household (assuming good socialization). When it comes to accommodation, the little rascal has no preference. The residential area can be both urban and rural. But be careful in a flat: the papillon may need specific training as it likes to bark.

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