Papillon Breed Information

Papillons are a member of the ‘Toy’ breed group. Toy breeds are small companion dogs, commonly referred to as ‘lap dogs’. Most toy breeds love attention and can be very friendly and affectionate. They don’t require a large amount of exercise.

Papillons are gentle, playful dogs that generally get along well with everyone. They’re very obedient and respond well to training. Training, along with socialisation, is very important at a young age in order for Papillons to grow up into confident, sociable dogs. For more information on socialisation and training using reward-based techniques, take a look at our dog behaviour page.

Grooming is fairly easy and two-three times per week is usually enough to keep the coat in tip-top condition. 

Possible health problems:


Owners are, understandably, upset when their dog develops a health problem linked to its breed. Often they wish they’d known what problems the breed was prone to have. The potential health problems that Papillons are prone to include:

  • Luxating patellas – the kneecaps slipping temporarily out of place. 
  • Progressive retinal atrophy – gradual deterioration of the retina of the eye. Symptoms can start with night blindness and progress to total blindness. 
  • Von Willebrand's disease – deficiency in blood platelet function resulting in excessive bleeding. 
  • Cataracts – opacity of the lens of the eye – giving a ‘cloudy’ appearance. 

For some conditions, there are screening programmes available through the British Veterinary Association (BVA) and the Kennel Club. The Canine Health Schemes allow breeders to screen for a range of inherited diseases, so it’s a good idea to check the parents of any puppy you’re looking to rehome have been screened under these schemes. We’d also recommend discussing the medical history of your potential puppy’s parents and grandparents, and think very carefully before taking on a dog with any of the health conditions listed above evident in the family line. 

You can find out more about the Canine Health Schemes on the BVA's website.

Exercise requirements:


Papillons are lively little dogs, but will just as happily jump at a chance of a cuddle and they will play or a walk. Around 30 minutes exercise daily is usually sufficient to keep them happy.

Estimated lifetime cost:


The likely lifetime costs for a Papillon are based on estimates calculated using current market prices and include:  


The list above does not include veterinary costs if your pet becomes sick or injured, so these average lifetime costs could be even higher.

Insure your Papillion with PDSA:

 

1 in 3 pets need vet treatment each year and vet bills can come to hundreds of pounds. PDSA Pet Insurance can give you peace of mind when your pet is poorly, especially for breeds like Papillions that are prone to certain conditions. PDSA Pet Insurance offers:

  • 5 Star Pet Insurance* - from the vet experts
  • 4 levels of cover to suit you
  • Monthly payment at no extra cost

    *Defaqto 5 Star rating applies to our Plus and Premier policies only. Defaqto’s Star Ratings provide an independent assessment of the quality of financial products.


By insuring your Papillion with PDSA you’ll also be helping to provide vet care to some of the UK’s neediest pets.
For more information on taking care of your dog please visit our puppies and dogs section. 

Rehoming from a reputable source:


Where you get a dog from can have a big effect on how healthy and happy it is for the rest of its life. Find out where our PDSA vet experts recommend you get your dog from.
Energy levels
 
Overall grooming needs?
 
Compatibility with other pets
 
Easy to train?
 
How much exercise?
 
Suitability for children/families
 
Tendency to bark
 
Average lifespan 13-15 years
Coat length Medium
Possible health problems Luxating patellas (the kneecaps slipping temporarily out of place)
Average purchase cost £500-£800
Estimated cost over lifetime £21,200-£25,400
Average weight 2kg-4kg
Size Small
Minimum garden size Small

Not sure the Papillon is the right pet for you?