|Group:||Toys (Group 1)|
|Club:||Papillon Club Of Victoria Inc|
|Phone:||0438 845 039|
Background This breed’s history goes back a long way appearing in paintings as far back as 1200-1300s, known then as the "Toy Spaniel" and being owned by royalty and nobles. Many paintings feature the "Toy Spaniel" with dropped ears called the "Phalene" (moth). Now we have both varieties. The large erect ears called "Papillion" and dropped ears called "Phalene". Both are equally correct.
Average Lifespan When considering a dog, please realise that you are taking it on for its lifetime. Papillon age can range up to 10-16 years, the average being 12-14 years.
Breed Personality/Characteristics/Temperament This breed is a friendly little dog. Showing no aggression, it is clean and easy to manage in a small backyard or unit. The breed loves company, is very intelligent and can be taught tricks or obedience. Colour: white with patches which may be any colour except liver, and tricolour. Very eager to please and can make a good little watchdog.
Compatibility with Other Pets Papillon will live happily with other pets. Care should be taken with larger dogs because of their small size.
Care Requirements This breed deeds regular brushing and bathing as they do shed coat. Care must be taken with the ear canals on the drop eared variety. Does not have many health problems but can occasionally suffer from slipping patellas - check with breeder in this regard. Enjoys walks and regular exercise but is quite happy in a back yard.
Please Take Note Because of its small size is not ideal for very young children.
Ideal Owner/s Families with older children and people in flats or units are ideal owners. This is a toy/companion dog. They do not live happily living in an outside situation without a lot of human contact.
In Conclusion Now you know a little about the Papillon and have decided this is the dog for you or you want more information, make contact with the breed club or your State controlling body for purebred dogs. They will be able to give you information about available puppies and also suggest dog shows where you can see the breed and speak to breeders. In this way you will gain a better perspective of the breed and its needs.