Papillon Puppies

  • Personality: Happy, alert, friendly
  • Energy Level: Very active; curious, quick, and athletic, Paps like exercise and take to training
  • Good with Children: Yes
  • Good with Other Dogs: With supervision
  • Shedding: Seasonal
  • Grooming: Weekly brushing
  • Trainability: Eager to please
  • Height: 8-11 inches
  • Weight: 5-10 pounds
  • Life Expectancy: 14-16 years
  • Barking Level: Likes to be vocal


Papillon puppies, sometimes affectionately referred to as a Pap, originated hundreds of years ago in Europe.
They were originally bred to be noble companions and were prized for their elegant appearance, small size, and charming personality.

Although the breed has a strong connection to the French.
Early breeding centers in Italy and Spain are credited with refining the breed and helping it to become more popular.

The AKC recognized Papillon puppies in 1915 and they are a member of the Toy Group.


Papillions are small, alert dogs with a hard constitution, a happy disposition, and friendly nature.
They’re known for their oversized bat-like ears and playful, comedic personality.
Not only are these dogs loving and affectionate, but they are also natural charmers.

They get along well with children, other dogs, and other pets.

They do tend to be a better fit for families with older children as their tiny size, especially as puppies.
Makes them particularly susceptible to injury from the accidental falls or rough play that can be common with younger children.

Any playtime with children should be supervised to help avoid potential injury to your Pap.

They’ll bark to alert you when necessary, but don’t tend to be prone to barking excessively unless they have been trained into it.


Although the Papillon is a generally healthy and hardy dog breed, they are tiny dogs.

Just as giant dog breeds have their specific health conditions, very small dogs do as well.

Small dogs can be prone to heart problems, eye issues, and dental disease.

Papillons, in particular, can also have patellar luxation and a soft spot in the top of the skull, which is called a fontanel.

Responsible and reputable breeders will screen for these health conditions to avoid passing them on.
So don’t be afraid to ask the breeder about the history of the parents and to see any relevant health clearances or test results.

            ACTIVITY LEVEL

Papillon is considered a toy breed, they are one of the most athletic and have a moderate activity level.

With sporting spaniels in their ancestry.

This dog breed can often be found competing in agility trials, obedience, and other activities.

This means that they will be happy with their daily walks and playtime with you, and also be up for more activity as well.

               LIFE SPAN

Generally, they have a life span of about 14-16 years