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Papillon overview

The Papillon dog originated in continental Europe as a companion dog. Also known as the Butterfly Dog from the shape of its ears.
The Papillon enjoys exercise and with correct training can do very well in the obedience arena. The abundance of fine silky hair means it will require diligent grooming, especially the bushy Spitz-type tail. Size makes it an ideal companion dog. But they may tend to become possessive of their owner. 

Other known names for Papillon

Butterfly dog, Continental Toy Spaniel, Epagneul Nain Continentale

Papillon foreign names

Kontinentale Zwergspaniel (German), Epagneul Papillón (Spanish)



Breed Group

Toy Group

Biological data

Male: 8-11 inches
Female: 8-11 inches
Male: 20-28 cm.
8-11 inches.
Female: 20-28 cm.
8-11 inches.
Colours, markings and patterns
White with patches, which may be any colour except liver.
Tricolours, black and white with tan spots over eyes, tan inside ears, on cheeks and under root of tail.
Always parti-colour or white with patches of any colour.

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Papillon – Breed standard

The below links are external

Papillon references and further reading

Papillon Club of America
Papillon Butterfly Dog Club  
South of England Papillon Club

Please get in touch

If you are an animal photographer, an expert on Papillon dogs or a breeder, we would love to hear from you. We strive to have all the latest, most helpful and accurate information on our website, but nobody is perfect, so we do ask for your feedback if we can improve our website.

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Featured image

AP-PKYALF - three Papillons in grass
Photo © Animal Photography, Ron Willbie