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The Papillon originated in the 16th century, a popular lap breed of nobles and aristocracy in Europe. The French translation of Papillon is Butterfly, which they resemble with the white blaze on the forehead as the body, and the fringed ears as the wings. They are quite often considered to be a dainty breed, but in reality are well balanced and lively.
The Papillon is always alert, playful, and elegant. They are intelligent and friendly, taking great delight in meeting and greeting everyone they come into contact with. The Papillon does not display a shy or aggressive nature.
The Papillon possesses a petite appearance, but they are a sturdy and hardy breed. They are highly energetic and athletic, but are also calm and patient. They are gentle and affectionate and love to be cuddled. A steady and obedient breed, the Papillon does well with older considerate children. They may display possessiveness of their owner. The Papillon is quick to alert their family to danger or visitors, and may have a propensity to bark at all sights and sounds. However, they are not yappy or high strung. The Papillon is a lovely companion.
The Papillon is a moderate shedder. Therefore, they need to be brushed several times a week. It is important to pay particular attention to the hair behind the ears and on the stomach as these areas are prone to matting. They should only be bathed when necessary, dry shampooing will typically suffice. It is important to keep the pads of their paws trimmed to prevent splaying. The Papillon is prone to various health issues such as cataracts, patella luxation, and Von Willebrands disease.
The Papillon's coat is long and flowing, and is silky in texture. They have no undercoat. Their coat will fluff at the chest area, and is fringed at their ears. The Papillons coat is white with patches of color, which include black and red. They may also be tri-colored with white body, black and tan markings. The hallmark coloring covers both eyes and ears completely and a white blaze on the forehead. They are moderate shedders.
The Papillon is extremely obedient and has an uncanny ability at problem solving. They require intense socialization at an early age, most notably with cats. They do very well in obedience and agility, and are highly trainable in the competitive show ring. They also make excellent therapy and service dogs. They respond best to consistent, loving, gentle guidance. The Papillon also loves to learn and perform tricks. They are typically easy to housetrain.
The Papillon loves outdoor exercise and enjoys a daily walk. Yards must be securely fenced, as this breed will use their problem solving skills to escape if left unsupervised. The Papillon is an active indoor breed and some of their exercise needs can be fulfilled with play sessions. They are not recommended for apartment living due to their propensity to bark.
9-10 lbs
8-11 inches
white with patches of any color
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How much do Papillon puppies cost?

The cost to buy a Papillon varies greatly and depends on many factors such as the breeders' location, reputation, litter size, lineage of the puppy, breed popularity (supply and demand), training, socialization efforts, breed lines and much more. Review how much Papillon puppies for sale sell for below.

The current median price for all Papillons sold is $1,325.00. This is the price you can expect to budget for a Papillon with papers but without breeding rights nor show quality. Expect to pay less for a puppy without papers, however, we do not recommend buying a puppy without papers.

Looking for a dog with a superior lineage? Are you trying to determine how much a puppy with breeding rights and papers would cost? You should expect to pay a premium for a puppy with breeding rights or even for a puppy advertised as show quality with papers. You should budget anywhere from $2,500 upwards to $6,900 or even more for a Papillon with top breed lines and a superior pedigree. The average cost for all Papillons sold is $800.

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What can I expect to pay for a puppy?

Median Price: $1,325.00
Average Price: $800.00
Top Quality: $2,500.00 to $6,900.00

*Data sourced from the sale of 4560 Papillon puppies across the United States on

Annual cost of owning a Papillon puppy

Before buying a puppy it is important to understand the associated costs of owning a dog. The annual cost or "upkeep" is often overlooked when determining a Papillons true ownership cost. When calculating your budget make sure you account for the price of food, vaccines, heartworm, deworming, flea control, vet bills, spay/neuter fees, grooming, dental care, food, training and supplies such as a collar, leash, crate, bed, bowls, bones, and toys. All of these items can add up quickly so make sure you estimate anywhere from $500 - $2,000 or more for the first year then about $500 - $1,000 or more every year thereafter to meet the annual financial obligations of your growing, loving dog.

Most Popular Papillon Names for 2022

We've compiled the top 20 male and female names for 2017 after analyzing the sale of 4560 Papillon dogs.
  • 1. Max
  • 2. Princess
  • 3. Bandit
  • 4. Daisy
  • 5. Buddy
  • 6. Harley
  • 7. Jake
  • 8. Sammy
  • 9. Toby
  • 10. Trixie
  • 11. Angel
  • 12. Jasper
  • 13. Mickey
  • 14. Rascal
  • 15. Buttercup
  • 16. Pepper
  • 17. Bella
  • 18. Charlie
  • 19. Oreo
  • 20. Zoe

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Member Since: April 2008
Location: Springfield, Missouri
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We believe that healthy, well-loved adult Papillons, make healthy, well-loved Papillon puppies! We breed only Papillons and are always striving to better the breed. Swan Creek Kennel is a small family owned kennel just east of Springfield, MO. We want to know where they are going and to insure it is a good match and expect all puppies to be neutered or spayed unless you are planning to show. We have 5 children and we are all committed to loving, holding and caring for these wonderful dogs. We are NOT and do NOT support Puppy Mills. Our dogs and puppies are raised in a clean and very loving environment -- We do not sell to stores. We spend much time and money on our dogs and expect our customers to give the same care to their puppy when they adopt him/her. Thank you for checking us out!

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Anonymous asked:
Do Papillons bond with the whole family or just one person?

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The Papillon breed is a lively, happy breed of dog that loves its family. The dog will bond with the entire family, but like most dogs there will be one person that the dog will bond too more than the others. This is normally the person that does the feeding, exercise and training.

Anonymous asked:
Looking for a Papillon puppy, I’ve seen “APRI registered”— what does that signify? Does it guarantee purebred? Thank you ~ Pam

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"APRI" stands for "American Pet Registration Inc". This registry was basically created as a way for back yard breeders, puppy mills and other breeders that did not purchase their dogs from breeders that have their dogs registered with a real kennel clb such as AKC, CKC, or UKC. This registry needs very little information about the dog, and can make a "pure bred without papers" into a "purebred with papers" so that the person can sell their dogs for a lot more money. However, a registered Kennel Club will not accept a APRI registered animal as there is no 100% guarantee that the dog is truly purebred. I would suggest only purchasing your puppy from a breeder whom has their dogs registered with a reputable and real Kennel Club such as AKC, CKC (Canadian Kennel Club, not Continental Kennel Club as that is another form of APRI), or UKC.

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Our Papillon is 3 years old. He always has stinky breath. We feed him no-grain Wellness small breed dry food and occasionally the moist version. Is this normal for this breed? How often should anal gland be extracted?



Some dogs have bad breath because of the food, while for other's it's because of a medical problem. Since you are feeding quality food, I would suggest a vet visit. It could be a bad tooth or even kidney or liver problems that can cause bad breath. As for anal glands, unless the dog has issues with it's anal glands such as them being plugged all the time, the anal glands should not be expressed. Doing so can cause muscle weakness and the dog can over time not be able to control the amount of fluid to express on his/her own when pooping.


Do you brush his teeth regularly? They require their teeth brushed, regardless of food.


Small breed dogs are known for tooth problems which causes bad breath. I rescued a papillon mix, poor guy had nasty breath. Ended up having to have 5 teeth extracted, as soon as that was done his breath was fine.


Our papillion had bad breath. We took her to the vet and it ended up being advanced kidney disease.


Our beloved papi's bad breath was one sign of a fatal liver disease: hepatocutaneous syndrome.


They do tend to need their teeth cleaned regularly. But there are water additives that you can get now to help cut down the bacteria on their teeth. You just put a small amount in their water.


Definitely get you dog's teeth cleaned. There are probably cavities causing the problem. Here is a link from a vet explaining anal glands and when and why they should be expressed. My groomer expresses my dogs' anal gland.

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My Papillion pup is 15 weeks and we have had her for a month now and she still doesn't know her name and will not respond to calling her. She ignores us and runs away. I take her outside to potty and she pees but comes inside to poop. Not sure what to do. I let her run the yard should I leash her. She is being crate trained as well.



Your Papillion is a Papillion alright. A little ball of independent spirit. However, at 15 weeks old she should be well on her way to being potty trained and should know her name by now. Contact a local Positive Reinforcement Trainer in your area and sign her up for puppy classes. As for the house training, keep her on a leash when you bring her back in the home. If she starts to sniff, take her back outside to poop.


I've had my Papillion for over 7 yrs. if she wants to bark at the neighbor dog she will ignore me lol. If I call her sweetly she will attempt to come. And if I say the treat word and talk sweetly she will come in a hurry! I always tell her good girl when she does that. And give her a treat. But if she wants to bark at something strange I can not coax her in no matter what. I can't help but think it's just cute little dog naughtiness.


My paps, as well as all the breeds I have had, are clicker trained from day one. They can be outside barking at the neighbor’s dogs but when I click they come running. They get something very special for that like a piece of string cheese or chicken, etc. not just any old treat. Just try the click & treat, click & treat several times. Then let the dog wander & click again & treat. Should only take an afternoon for them to realize they,will get something very special if they come for the clicker. You can add the word Yes when you click & eventually faze out the clicker if you prefer. Remember, coming back to you must Always be a great thing, no mattter how long it takes them. They will eventually want to come as soon as called.

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Hello, I have owned a Papillon for the past 4 years, however, I have a few questions I would like answered. What is the best dog food for my dog? I would especially like to know about full grooming. I don't like trusting my Papillons grooming to people, some keep wanting to cut her fringe and shave her coat and I know these are bad ideas. Her coat is not like it should be it's not as soft and fluffy or long as I am told it should be. I would like to know if its possible to fix it? Also bathing supplies, what all is needed and which is the best for her coat without staining it?



A grain-free, high-quality dog food is the best thing to feed your dog. Some brands to look at are Acana, Orijen, Taste of the Wild, Life Mates, Natural Balance, Now and Go! As for grooming, you need to either take a grooming course yourself or find a groomer who is experienced with Papillons as it sounds like the groomer(s) you've taken your dog too are not knowledgeable at all. Contact a local Papillon breeder to ask where he/she gets his/her dogs done. If they do their dogs themselves, ask to be trained by them. You need high-quality shampoo for her coat if you want the best results. But changing her to a great food will give her that silky, soft coat you are looking for as well.


I've had a Papillon for 14 years...They need to be bathed, but not cut. You can do it at home. Just trim around their feet and trim or file their nails. Use a puppy shampoo around their face so you don't irritate the eyes.


Some pap's don't have as much fringe as others. I feed nutro, which my vet considered a good quality brand. Plus they have a small kibble size that works really well for my guy because he has no front teeth.


I have always used Royal Canen food. Shampoo only as needed, brush daily


I feed 4Health from Tractor Supply. it's grain free, soy free and has probiotics And I add Salmon Oil which makes a big difference in their coats softness and shine. I use puppy shampoo even on my adult dogs.


DOGS NEED GRAIN IN THEIR FOOD. My papillon was just died from DCM. (an enlarged heard) DCM is caused by lack of grain in their diet! I recommend the buckets from Just Food for Dogs. Please do your research.

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Updated: 7/2/2022