Favorite Lap Dog-What Is A Papillon
The Best Companion and Lap Dog
Introducing The Papillon (Pa-pee-yon)
The papillon breed of dog has been around since French Renaissance times -- around 700 years ago. The papillon dog is one of the smartest and easiest breeds to train, has few health problems and sheds minimally, even with all that long hair. Papillons are small dogs, weighing only up to about 15 pounds at the most. They don't bark unnecessarily, aren't aggressive, but they are protective. Papillons are loyal, great companions and usually prefer one person that they love to cuddle with. In fact, at least for my papillons, they love to cuddle next to me or sit on my lap.
Why The Papillon Is A Great Dog
Many people say that they want to get a small dog, but the main complaint about small dog breeds is usually that they tend to bark a lot. Oftentimes small dogs can also be aggressive around strangers. For instance, Chihuahua owners often complain that their dog will not stop barking or acting aggressive toward people who visit their homes, even people the dog may see regularly.
I am no expert on all dog breeds, but I have been around a few and if you're looking for a dog that loves to cuddle, is small, isn't aggressive, is loyal, and doesn't bark a lot (unless of course they see cows for the first time like in the video below) may I suggest the Papillon.
Papillon Means Butterfly In French
Papillon, pronounced pap-ee-on, means butterfly in French and the Papillon was given this name due to the butterfly look of the ears when they are held upright. The silhouette of the Papillon resembles a butterfly.
Papillons are sometimes known as Le Chien Ecureuil in France, as well as Squirrel Dog because the way their tails curl over their backs resembles a squirrel's tail.
Tina, Pepper And The California Cows
About The Papillon
Papillon dogs usually have friendly dispositions, but they can be kind of shy to strangers until getting to know them. They are sweet and loyal and make great companion dogs. Papillon dogs have a dainty build, are light on their feet, usually weighing from around five pounds to 12 pounds.
The Papillon breed has been around for hundreds of years. There are some reports of the breed being around since before the 1500s and as far back as 700 years ago, it is one of the oldest type of Spaniels.
The Papillon breed was recognized in England in 1923 and in the United States in 1935.
According to the American Kennel Club, there are two types: the Papillon, which has the erect type ears, and the Phalene, which has more droopy ears. They can both be born in the same litter and are considered to be one breed with two types.
About the Papillon
From the American Kennel Club
According to the American Kennel Club's Breed Standards, the Papillon is a small, friendly dog. The height of the Papillon ranges anywhere from 8 inches to 11 inches at withers, which is basically the shoulder to the floor. Papillons should have weight that's proportionate to their height. and the Papillon must have a body which is a bit longer than dog height.
From personal experience, my two Papillons are very different. Pepper, the male, weighs about seven pounds, but is tall. Tina weighs about five pounds and is much smaller than Pepper.
Papillons are really happy little dogs who love to be anywhere their owner is. They enjoy being outdoors and need plenty of exercise. They get along pretty well with other dogs. Papillons are fairly easy to train, and depends on the personality of the individual dog.
American Kennel Club (AKC) - Papillon
- American Kennel Club - Papillon
The Papillon is a small, friendly, elegant toy dog of fine-boned structure, light, dainty and of lively action; distinguished from other breeds by its beautiful butterfly-like ears.
Tina and Pepper
My two Papillons are great! I also have a Rat Terrier and a Fox Terrier, which are another great breed of dog.
I got my first Papillon, a female, Tina, in December of 2009. My son brought her to me from a friend of his who was giving away several puppies. I was hesitant to get a third dog at first, but I am so glad that I did because she is the best little dog. In around October of 2011, we decided to get a male Papillon. We looked around for a while before we found Pepper in January of 2012. He is a sweet, loving, gentle dog like Tina, and like Tina he doesn't bark a lot, doesn't really shed too much, isn't hyper and is easy to train.
Tina Goes to Round Table Pizza
Links to websites about Papillons
- Papillon Information and Pictures, Papillons, Butterfly Dog, Pap, Continental Toy Spaniel
All about the Papillon, info, pictures, breeders, rescues, care, temperament, health, puppies and much more
- Welcome to the Papillon Club of America
Papillon Club of America - Parent club providing information on all Papillon related subjects with standard, code of ethics, breeders list and events.
Baby Tina Looking Up At Me
Adopt A Papillon Today!
Papillon Shelter Directory
Are you interested in Papillon shelters or becoming a foster parent to a Papillon or other small dog breeds? Click one of the links below.
A Word Of Caution If You Decide To Look For A Papillon Puppy
You should be aware that like with other industries, there are scammers out there!
When I was looking for my male Papillon, I came across several instances that I believe may have been scams. One instance was someone asking for a deposit on unborn puppies. There were a couple of people who had an ad for a free Papillon, but they were in other states. So I just needed to send them ($200 at the time) money to pay for the flight to have the puppy sent to me. There were a couple of people that said that they had a Papillon and the owner had died and they just wanted a donation (it was $300 for one and $200 for another) for expenses having to do with that. I finally found a lady who invited me to her home to pick up the puppy. She was kind of far away, but I didn't have to send money and I could see the puppy in person beforehand. That's how we got our second Papillon, a male named Pepper. Pepper will be a year old on August 18, 2012.
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Thank you for stopping by and reading my Hub on Papillons, one of the best dog breeds. At least I think so. They can be a little pricey, but you just have to look around and be patient. Oftentimes breeders will sell the male puppies on an agreement that you will get the dog neutered within six months.