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Average size and lifespan

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Height: 0ft 8in - 0ft 11in
Weight: 4-9lbs
Lifespan: 12 - 15 Years


  • Affection5/5
  • Kid-Friendly4/5
  • Stranger-Friendly5/5
  • Dog-Friendly3/5
  • Barking Amount5/5


  • Grooming Difficulty2/5
  • Shedding Amount3/5
  • Easy to Train5/5
  • Can Be Alone1/5
  • Exercise Need3/5


  • Cold Tolerance2/5
  • Heat Tolerance4/5
  • Apartment-Friendly5/5

Papillon Information

PapillonIf you’re looking for a small dog who’s sweet, happy and alert but not aggressive or noisy, the Papillon is the pup for you. It’s hard to resist this dog’s cute little face, fluffy butterfly-like ears and petite little body weighing no more than 10 pounds. He’s happy and outgoing with a dash of elegance.

Around since at least the 16th century, the Papillon was developed in France and soon branched out to Spain and Italy as it rose in popularity. The breed is surprisingly robust and sturdy for its small frame. Active and curious, he loves getting exercise and takes well to training.

All dogs have their own personality and unique training, causing them to differ slightly from these breed stats. However, please let us know if we made an error in the stats, we appreciate your help!

Breed FAQs

Can Papillons be apartment dogs?

The Papillon is an excellent apartment dog. They don't need as much space for activity and will be happy in a condo or apartment.

Can Papillons be left alone?

Papillons are extremely social and need lots of interaction with their owners. They don't like being left alone and will likely become destructive or anxious if left for long periods.

Are Papillons good with kids?

Papillons do well with kids. As with any dog they should be monitored closely, they're unlikely to become aggressive.

Are Papillons friendly with strangers?

Papillons love other people and will tend to run up to them for affection. They quickly become great friends with anyone.

Do Papillons get along with other dogs?

Although Papillons will mostly get along with other dogs, they may have some issues. They can typically be dealt with by socializing them with other dogs.

Do Papillons bark a lot?

Papillons are known to bark quite often. This can be irritating for owners who aren't expecting it and they may require some training to limit the amount of barking.

Do Papillons shed a lot?

Papillons shed a medium amount. They will have seasonal shedding, but aren't terrible to clean up after.

Do Papillons need a lot of grooming?

Papillons don't require very much effort for grooming. You'll just need to provide typical maintenance and baths.

Do Papillons need a lot of exercise?

A Papillon will need a moderate amount of exercise to be happy. You'll need to plan some basic walks or fetch during the day.

Are Papillons easy to train?

The Papillon is smart and extremely trainable. They will learn commands quickly and love the bond of training with their owner.

Can Papillons handle cold weather?

Papillons don't like the cold and will likely want some protection if outside for long.

Can Papillons handle hot weather?

Papillons do well in hot climates and can stay out longer without overheating.

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