Quick Facts

Lifespan – 12 to 15 Years. The Papillon not only lives 13 to 15 years, it loves 13 to 15 years. They are very happy go lucky dogs that are excited about each and every day.

Activity Level – Very. The Papillon breed needs a lot of stimulation and exercise daily. They are very intelligent and excel at almost any sport like activity. They really like to be challenged with activities and will actually get bored if they do not feel they are being challenged.

Potential Height – 8 to 11 Inches Tall at the Shoulder. They are certainly small dogs and usually do not grow over 11 inches tall when full grown.

Potential Weight – 4 to 9 Pounds. Light enough to carry around without any strain and they are very docile when being carried correctly.

Barking – Moderate to Heavy. All dogs can be kept from barking with the proper training. However, Papillon have a predisposition to be avid barkers. They have even acquired the nickname yappy pappy. That is not to say that they should be avoided, in fact the opposite. They are great dogs and just need a little guidance on appropriate times to bark. Puppies Galore will be happy to assist you with training your dog when it is appropriate to bark.

Shedding – Moderate. If your Papillon is shedding too much, it may be a good idea to get a higher quality dog food. In most instances dog shedding can be limited by providing a better quality food.

Family Friendly – Yes. It is important to have a family member that is willing to take the dog outside to run around with often. This dog is perfect for a person who likes to spend time outside doing an activity. Kids ages 5 and up will really enjoy time outside with a Papillon.

Pet Friendly – Somewhat. They will be aggressive towards other dogs or strangers who approach you in your home.

Furry Facts

Breed Origins – The Papillon has been shown to trace all the way back to the 1500’s in Italy. Papillons are considered to be toy spaniels. It has been stated that they came from Spain on the backs of mules to France and Belgium. They were perfected by Louis the XIV in the 1600’s. They were not referred to as Papillons until much later. They must have erect ears in order to be considered Papillons.

Fur Real Famous

Celebrity Owners – Christina Aguilera and Marie Antoinette.

Not sure this qualifies as a fun fact because it certainly does not sound like a lot of fun. However, Marie Antoinette carried a Papillon under her arm on the way to the guillotine before her execution during the French Revolution.