Papillon: Health Issues & Personality

The lively Papillon is also gentle, amiable, and playful.  Not surprisingly, it was a popular adornment of royal courts and aristocrats' salons from the Renaissance into the eighteenth century.  They are surprisingly good watch dogs, giving warning of the slightest unusual sound.  Tireless in play, it delights its admirers with its amusing antics.  But this dog can also be calm, gentle, and patient.  It is extremely affectionate and loves to be cuddled.  But it tends to be possessive, even jealous.  They are one of the most intelligent and easiest to train dog breeds.

The breed is thought to have originated in Italy from the Dwarf Spaniel.  This ancestor had droopy ears as did the original Papillons.  The erect-eared variety, commonly seen today, was developed by Belgian breeders in the late 1800's.  The flared ears create the illusion of a butterfly, hence the name. (Papillon is French for butterfly).

Average Lifespan Of The Papillon: 13-16 years.
Average Weight: 3-11lbs.

Inherited Health Disorders:

Teeth easily develop tartar.
Progressive Retinal Atrophy.
Prone to dislocated kneecaps.
Exercise Requirements: 1/5
Affection Level: 5/5
Friendliness-Other Pets:
Friendliness-Strangers: 4/5
Ease Of Training:

About The Ratings:
Exercise Requirements:
1: Low, 5: High
Affection Level:
1: Introverted, 5: Extroverted.
Friendliness-Other Pets:
1: Least Friendly, 5: Most Friendly.
1: Least Friendly, 5: Most Friendly.
Ease Of Training:
1: Most Difficult, 5: Least Difficult.
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