Dogs 101 Papillion


Narrator: Is it possible that this adorable toy breed is actually named after an insect.
Andrea Arden: Who couldn’t love a dog with little butterfly ears?
Narrator: Christine Aguilera and Lauren Bacall have fallen in love with the breed’s unusual flair. Papillion have been popular for centuries, they were the subjects of painters like Titian, Rubens and Rembrandt.

Dr. Debbye: Papillions are one of the oldest breeds that we know.

Narrator: Originally known as the dwarf spaniel, the Papillion may have received its name from Marie Antoinette who referred to hers as Le petite Papillion; little butterfly.

Dr. Karen: And the legend is that she actually carried the dog with her to the guillotine and the dog was spared its life.

Narrator: Nowadays the upright eared Papillion and floppy eared Phalenes can be found in the same litter.

Dr. Debbye: Because they have that beautiful spray of hair along each side of them, that definitely is their defining characteristic.

Narrator: Their coat is always multi colored white with patches of another color.

Dr. Karen: It’s very, very silky unlike most dogs where their coat feels like fur.

Narrator: And the Papillion was also named the squirrel spaniel due to the similarity of their arching tails. However despite its cute demeanor, the Papillion is anything but a typical lap dog.

Dr. Debbye: They are very smart, have a lot of energy can go for a long time despite their small size.

Narrator: But the Papillion can still channel its inner Napoleon.

Dr. Debbye: They can develop what's called that small dog syndrome.

Narrator: As long as they can run off some of that incredible energy, this brave breed is definitely able to handle all environments.

Dr. Debbye: You can have them in apartment but it is important to get them out and to exercise them.

Narrator: With a life expectancy of sixteen years, the Papillion has very few health issues and despite its elegant look, that fine coat won't require too much attention.

Andrea Arden: I mean papillions have a beautiful feathery coat and it really just requires a weekly brushing.
Narrator: If you are willing to put in the time and treat the Papillion as more than just a lap dog, training can be quite rewarding.

Narrator: In general it's a good family dog but can be snippy with small children. So the Papillion is adaptable to both small apartments and large spaces provided they get enough exercise. They're a very healthy breed and they require a small effort in the grooming department. Papillions are easily trained but special attention should be given to socializing them so they don't become aggressive especially around children. But if you're looking for a small sociable dog with great enthusiasm and energy, a Papillion could be the compact canine for you.